Thrifty Flower Beds


Hi everyone!

As I am sure other folks that live in this part of the country (I’m in Michigan) can relate to this. We went from winter straight to summer. We had no Spring. So, as I read post after post and saw all the gorgeous flowers being shown from all of you in the South and West, I was so envious!

Troy and I have worked really hard at planting perennials to fill our flower bed and other areas. We didn’t want to keep buying flowers each year. We wanted a full lush flower bed that we didn’t have to work at. We just have too many other things we have to deal with at this time of the year. So, by going to many plant swaps, we managed to fill our bed with gorgeous perennials for free.

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Have you ever been to a plant swap?

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Generally held in the early part of Spring, plant swaps are a great way to get a nice variety of plants for free. How does it work? Check you local papers to see when and where local swaps are being held. The idea is to swap with other folks. So, whatever you have a lot of in your yard and want to cut back, take them to the swap.

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For example, we always have to cut back our Greek Oregano, chives, sage and a couple of other herbs in the Spring. So, when we cut them back, we plop them into cleaned out yogurt cups to take to the swap. You an use any kind of container because it is just to transport. We have seen many people show up at the swaps with just grocery bags of plants.

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Generally they are held early in the morning in a parking lot somewhere. Our local newspaper hosts a swap at their building parking lot each Spring. And then a couple of nearby towns have swaps that are held at a park or a large public parking lot. Everyone just shows up and just walks around to see what everyone else brought and then you just swap out. Nobody wants to haul their plants back home and if you are a plant lover, you never want to just toss them away. So, if you are just starting up and don’t have any plants to swap, attend the swap anyway. Generally everyone is super nice and if you tell them you are just starting out, you will come home with more plants than you know what to do with. I will tell you, you often get lots of mystery plants. Or as we have found out, a lot of people really don’t know what they have but, think they do. LOL

The swaps are fun and you get to meet a lot of nice people. Not to mention, you can get a lot of great plant/gardening advice.

Outdoor2011spring 031So, that is where our flowers in our flower bed came from.

We planted a lot of large lush green  plants in this bed. And I love how it all looks even without any flowers blooming. And all the different types of leaves and shades of green mixed together is just beautiful. Of course knowing that it was all FREE is even more beautiful! LOL

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  1. I love how you have found so many free plants at a swap. Great idea. It's so hot here right now and it's only June!


  2. WOW! What a great idea!! Wish they did that here!

  3. A plant swap is a great idea, I'll remember to look for information about this in our community. Your plants and flowers are beautiful. Great informative post. I'm your newest follower......
    Happy Weekend

    The French Hutch

  4. This is great! Thanks for sharing! Stunning pics! Happy Pink Sat!
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  5. What a great idea. I don't have anything to swap but hostas - if I could only find some takers.

  6. Not takers - I need swappers. hehehe

  7. What a great idea and having spent loads of many again this year I must try to organise a swap next year. not the sort of thing we do in the Uk but no reason not to.

  8. You are a thrifty gardener too! We are so broke this year we can not afford to do a thing with the yard. It is so bare and plain and so many of the starters we tried to start in the cold spell we had are not coming up! :(
    I will have to find a plant swap once I have something to swap!
    HPS and enjoy the weekend! Anne

  9. This is a great idea. Wish something like that could be done here. You got some nice plants! xo,

  10. plant swap....what a cute idea. Have a pinkishly beautiful weekedn

  11. Another Michigan gardener here..and would love to find /or start a swap in this area..will be checking into that with the city...I agree with the winter to summer..haven't planted a thing:(
    However ,different wildflowers have found a home in our side yard:)
    To me that is pure joy...

  12. Plant swaps sound like a great idea but I don't even think they have them here. Susan

  13. What a great idea. I'll have to check into that in my area. Thanks.

  14. Sounds like a wonderful idea. We have swapped plants with family and neighbors. I don't think there is a plant swap in our area, but wish there was!

  15. A plant swap sounds like a lot of fun, I've never heard of one before:@)

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  17. I've heard of plant swaps, but have never been to one. Lovely dianthus! Happy Seasonal Sunday!

  18. Love love your flowers. what a great idea, plant swap.. my sister in law swap bulbs all the time. Happy Sunday, Many blessings, marlis

  19. Hi, I could not add my blog to your linky party. When I got the screen where you go to your pictures, I couldn't click on it. Would love to join your party. Your blog is very cool. Linda

  20. I have been to a plant swap, it was a lot of work for the hostess, she also had us do a pot luck lunch. It was so fun though! Your flowers are beautiful!


  21. Your dianthus are looking gorgeous... so vibrant and colorful! Plant Swap sounds like a wonderful idea... you get a different variety of plants for free. Have never been to one.. I'll look for one in our town. Thanks for sharing! Have a nice week!~Poppy

  22. You have some amazing plants.

    Thanks for being apart of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  23. Hi Diann,

    I have been to numerous plant swaps. They usually take place in mid-May in my part of the region. It is great to see what everyone brings and to try new perennials. If you bring one plant you take one and so forth. Your perennial garden looks wonderful.

  24. A plant swap sounds like a great idea, we don't swap plants around here but we do exchange produce from our vegetable gardens when there's a glut.
    Lovely mosaic!

  25. Neat idea. I have been to local plant sales, but never a swap. Have a great week.


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