Today I went to the Midnight Madness sale at a local greenhouse. I had never attended this sale, but I knew it was a big deal when they said they would be closing the whole day to prepare for it, and only open 3 hours in the evening. I got there 15 minutes early, and already the parking lot was full and people were overflowing onto the street. I knew I had to be there though, because they advertised 50% off most of their perennials. So, moving forward in my quest for total yard domination...I made some purchases.
I have been on the lookout for a good climbing rose, to grow over the new arbor DH is going to build me out of recycled/repurposed white window covers I got for free at a garage sale. It is a John Cabot rose, which doesn't mean a whole lot to me yet, but I think I've heard of that one, and it is hardy...enough said.
I used to have a lot of astilbes before the move, but only one made it, for some reason. I got this berry-colored beauty to help remedy that situation.
I have started collecting heucharas. This is citronella, I believe.
Another goodie...a cherry rudbeckia....hard to beat in simple beauty.
I have plans for expanding the shade garden a little next year, so I added this hosta, "Whirlwind" to my collection.
I like clematises...but usually their big price tags keep me from getting any more. This is 'Earnest Markham', and it has a pretty scarlet color.
This is a HUGE asparagus fern I got for only 7 bucks. I bet I can bring this one inside over the winter and keep it alive too...
I got this one for a song...it is a salvia. It is called 'black and blue'.
I believe this is my 3rd variety of coneflower, I saw it at the fair a few years ago. It is 'Green Envy', I believe.
Finally, this is a sad, forlorn, poppy. It was only 99 cents, and I know it will come back fine next year, as long as I can keep it alive for now.
I got all this for under 80 dollars! This is a LOT of plants. Now I have some digging to do. Do you hit up any late in the planting season sales? What deals have to got this year?