Posted: 08/04/2013 at 20:42
Some plants come easily from cuttings - e.g. buddleia, hydrangeas, leycesterias (Japanese honeysuckle) so you may be able to just ask friends for pieces to bring on in pots. They grow fairly quickly, too, and you'll find instructions on how to do it online. You can get perennials from seed, too, of course. Some perennials increase fast and you can collect these from other gardeners, or buy them cheaply from open gardens. Japanese anemones are an example. There are bulbs that flower in summer, as well as spring bulbs, and these will usually increase every yeat, such as crocosmias. I grew buddleia from seed, too. They root really easily. Once you get the bug, you won't be able to stop!