When you live in a big city you may find that you live closer to a number of big box stores. Sometimes they are conveniently located to you in comparison to a quality garden center. This is the case for me here in Chicago, where big box stores are closer to me than an independent garden center.
While out shopping for items this week to rebuild deck I've not been able to pass up some pretty interesting and unique plants for my garden. Last year I bought a couple of boxes of Eucomis, commonly referred to as Pineapple Lily, from Menards. This week I picked up one more box along with a box Nerines. Both of these bulbs were under five dollars and I've found that among the home improvement stores that sell gardening supplies Menards is usually the place that has the lower prices and better varieties in Chicago.
At Wal-Mart I found a pack of three Eryngiums for $3.34 which is a substantially better buy than one of these for $7.00 at Home Depot. The garden center for the Wal-Mart in Chicago is loaded with spring bulbs and they have some plants I didn't find in other garden centers. If you're looking for a Gloriosa Lily they sell a pack with two tubers for under $5.00. I picked up two more Peruvian Daffodils from Wal-Mart on the same day. These bulbs are all tender in Chicago but they make great container plants for a deck garden or can be dug up and stored for the winter.
There are also frugal gardening finds to be had in clothing stores of all places. Most discount clothing stores also have a section of decorative items for the home. In a window display for A.J Wright I noticed many large pots so I went in to take a look. There was a large urn with a faux stone finish for $10.00- I've seen similar looking pots in garden centers starting at $50.00. They also had a selection of tools and small garden art that was very reasonable.
With so many frugal gardening deals to be had I'm glad I'm the kind of gardener that will look around for the best deals.