Now you and I both know that by this time in the season, the Big Box stores' garden centers are a mess of dying annuals that need to be composted, not sold.... but hidden amongst them are often some Really Nice Perennials that have simply gone out of bloom. Your average gardener won't buy plants that don't have blossoms, so the poor off-season perennials sit and wait ... and wait... until they have been marked down so far that the only recourse is the dumpster out back. Forget the expiring annuals - wade in and find the off-in-the-corner shelves where the perennials, often quite healthy, are being price whacked with a desperation that makes Haynes furniture ads look tasteful.
Last month, I scored a perfect flat of 6" asian lilies, ready for fall planting, with a price tag of Buy One, Get Six Free. I mean, really. Today the take was six lovely Gaura plants, three white and three pink, that are going to grace the back edge of two planting beds and delight the butterflies all next summer .... cost? Buy One, Get Two Free. Woot!