Stretching the Dollar in the Garden

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

This is by far my favorite time of the year!  I love to see the new leaves emerge, the flowers bloom, and the birds nest.  Over the years my husband and I have tried to plan our landscape so that it has a good balance of plants that include trees, shrubs (both evergreen and deciduous), and ground covers.

Ground covers are a great way to fill in the gaps between trees and shrubs and they add a lot of interest to a garden.  Most of them can be divided to cut down on the cost especially if you have several areas that need that extra touch.  Here is what I do.

First I look for pots of plants that have multiple plants in them.  
Here you can see about three or four separate plants.

Next I shake most of the soil off of the roots which makes it easier to see what you are working with.

Divide the plants by using a shovel or trowel.

See, now I have three plants.

I shopped around to find the best price.  One garden shop charged $5.59 and the other charged $3.50, so needless to say, we went with the latter.  $10.50 for 10 plants, 3 pots,  is a very economical solution if you don't mind waiting a couple of months for results.  In a couple of months, the liriope will fill in nicely.

To keep grasses such as liriope neat looking, they need to be trimmed back in January/ February before the new growth appears.

Other favorite ground covers include:
creeping jenny
mondo grass

I am sharing this with Finding Fabulous and The Inspired Room.


  1. every penny counts -and this is a great way to get more bank for your buck! Good post.

  2. Great idea girl! Thank you so much for sharing! Hope your having a great day! xoxo

  3. We have added some groundcovers to keep our odd slopes from eroding. Now if we could just get anything else to grow!

  4. I just planted periwinkle under my crepe myrtles. I love the purple flowers. Great to see that it is one your recommend because I am not great at gardening... it's all trial & error! Enjoyed this post!!
    Steph from

  5. So happy you popped up in my blog roll this morning! Thanks for the great tips and list of groundcovers.

    Our yard is in desperate need of some landscaping, which I hope to take care of these next two weeks. Bookmarked this post and will definitely be coming back to it, thanks again!

  6. One word of advice that my dear friend gave to me when we bought our home was to make sure to leave the garden alone for one year and to watch what comes up. It is good to make use of what one has and to divide plants and rearrange, just life furniture.
    Great tip.

  7. Love your yard! The potting bench looks like so much fun - I could hang pout there for a while. YOu should join the garden carnivals at Bloomin Tuesday and Fertilizer Friday - the links are on my blog (I am not affiliated with tem - just love to see all the gardens!) Thanks for sharing - I am going to check out the rest of your blog...Paula in Idaho


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