Posted: 18/12/2013 at 18:47
Most of my plants have been cuttings, seeds, cadged, borrowed etc. however, there is nothing ......nothing....like getting a plant that's truly better than the average. It elevates the garden to more than it can be!
I have lost count of the number of hellebores I have but the best are those I've paid good money for.
I have found myself replacing astrantias, for example, with better newer varieties that out flower those old fogies. ditto for other perennials.
Also within a couple of years or so I can and do propagate from these varieties.
"bargains" can be had if you seek them out but it doesn't mean always buying tiny plugs. As I said before on this forum I have managed to buy some of the latest plants as cheaply as plugs. An example are the agastaches......bought last year I now have several of each variety for very little cost by dividing theto several times.. I have just bought more grasses in 2 litre pots for same cost as other suppliers' 9cm plugs.
I bought 2 fantastic hellebores in large pots.last year....hmm, not cheap......that flowered impressively. At the same time I bought a selection of plugs from the same supplier and they will not flower for at least another 2 years. I will have my own seedlings by then