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Money Saving and Money Making Tips: Garden Ideas, How to Propagate Seedlings and beat the garden centers

Updated on January 23, 2016
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Jo has been an ITU nurse at the London North West NHS Trust for 14 years. She obtained her RN at University College London Hospital.

Make Money From Your Garden


Grow the most sought after plants and make money

Make money from seeds and cuttings

Masses of articles are published on the Internet daily; many telling us how to make huge amounts of easy money. But most of us are aware that making easy money online, or off for that matter, is the exception and not the rule. Please, don't get me wrong; making money is possible, but it is not as easy as the entrepreneur would have us believe.

I've shared some excellent money making ideas with readers here on Hubpages. As a rule, I only pass on the tips and information that I know will work for the people who read my articles. I write money making hubs only when I have new and interesting ideas to share, and this is no exception.

While attempting to tame my overgrown garden last spring, I realized how many perfectly healthy plants I was throwing away as I cut back, divide and pull up the little darlings that are doing their best to take over the garden. One man's weed, as they say, is another man's orchid, so I potted as many plants as I could, and swapped them with friends and colleagues, I found this to be an excellent way of saving money.

My tips for this article is mostly about looking at the gardens in a different way; it's about changing attitudes to how we use our gardens and how we can make and save money by doing what we already enjoy doing.

Propagating plants for sale can be lucrative. Whether your garden is large or small, you can make money by growing the right types of plants.

So why isn't everyone doing it? I hear you ask, and the answer is quite simply, most people don't have the skills or the patience to nurture seeds and cuttings to bring them to life. The process of propagating plants can be pretty fiddly and demanding; some people find it easier to buy an established seedling. You can make a profit by doing the delicate work for them, but for a price.

Most of us know that not only is organically grown food better for us; it can also help the environment. But the truth of the matter is, buying organic, can be very expensive, and in these times of economic recession, many of us simply do not have the extra money to spend while prices are continuing to rise ahead of wages.

Now is the ideal time to grasp the opportunity to make some money by growing your own. Cut out the middlemen and sell directly to your customers.

When I moved to my present home a few years ago, I was surprised to see my neighbour's driveway covered with potted plants, including many young seedlings. My new friend loves gardening. Well, actually; that's an understatement, she lives for her garden. But more to the point, in the spring and throughout the summer months, she places her surplus plants in an honesty box on her driveway. She meticulously labelled each plant with it's common and scientific names.

Passers-by would help themselves to the plants, leaving the money in the box provided. The plants that do not sell, she takes to a car boot sales. I asked her if people who helped themselves to the plants paid for them, and she assured me that they did. I guess when we trust people they do rise to the occasion.

Making a little extra cash has never been easier, also, an excellent way to supplement pensions whilse doing something we already love doing.

With this in mind and the realisation that many people like myself and my neighbour enjoy gardening, I began to grow a variety of plants and flowers, and collected more seeds than I'd ever need, I decided to look deeper into ways of making money from gardening.

Grow Your Own Fruit Trees


Cherry, A joy in spring and a treat in the summer


Gardeners are happy to share and swap plants

My neighbour Rita, always happy to swap a plant or two.
My neighbour Rita, always happy to swap a plant or two. | Source

How to Propagate Cherry

Nothing announces spring like the cherry in full blossom

Cherry trees are grown for their ornamental value and fruit bearing. Cherry blossom in spring is a sight to behold.

The summer fruits of the sweet cherry are not only delicious, especially when freshly picked, but various studies have also shown, that eating cherries can be beneficial to our health.

We have two large wild cherry trees (Prunus avium) in the back of the garden, this type of cherry is said to be, one of the most attractive of all UK's native broad-leaf woodland trees. The word Avium refers to the birds that eat the fruits and disperse the seeds in their droppings. Unfortunately; the birds get the lion's share of the harvest since most of the fruits are much too high up to pick. Our share of the cherry crop is limited to the fruits on the lower branches. However, cherry trees grow well in small spaces, even in pots.

There are many specially grafted hybrid cherry trees on the market that are designed to produce delicious fruits and are disease resistance. Sadly, when the seeds are propagated, the plant will not be that of the parent tree, but of the original tree used in the graft.

Cherry trees are deciduous fruit producing trees that can grow to a height of 6 to 30 feet. Cherries can be propagated by seeds or by hard wood cuttings taken during its dormant season which is early Spring or Autumn when the leaves have fallen, and the tree is no longer actively growing.

To Propagate Cherry:

  1. knives and secateurs should be disinfected with a solution of bleach.
  2. Dilute one part bleach to nine parts water and air dry the tools before use.
  3. Choose a long branch, about the diameter of a pencil.
  4. Take a 4 to 6-inch cutting just above a leaf node, each cutting should have 2 to 4 leaf nodes.
  5. Store each cut stem in a plastic bag before moving to the next and while preparing the propagation tray, this will help to retain moisture.
  6. Cut the bottom end of each hardwood cutting at an angle using a sharp knife or secateurs.
  7. Buy cutting compost or make your own by mixing equal parts of peat, moss and perlite.
  8. Dampen lightly with water and fill a rooting tray with the compost.
  9. Dip the bottom end of the cut stems in rooting hormone. Tap the stem gently, to remove excess powder.
  10. Place 1/3 to 1/2 of the stem into the compost.
  11. Gently push each cutting into the mixture, packing the compost around the cuttings to hold them in place.
  12. Cover the rooting tray with a clear plastic bag to increase humidity.
  13. Place the tray indoors, choose a position away from direct sunlight or in a cold frame.
  14. Regularly monitor the moisture level to prevent drying and mist the compost with water as necessary

Make money by growing herbs for their cooking or medicinal properties


Make Money by growing Edible Flowers


Seeds are cheap to buy, grow your own and make a profit by selling the young plants


Grow herbs and medicinal plants


Some of the Most Profitable Plants to Grow

Money Saving Tips

Gardening can be expensive, especially when starting from scratch. Save money by asking your neighbors, friends and family for cuttings. Spring is when most gardeners are pruning and cutting back a variety of plants, a good time to beg for cuttings. Late summer into Autumn, is the time for harvesting seeds from summer flowering plant, also a great time for sharing and swapping seeds.

Most gardeners are happy to give away or swap seeds, this is a good way to obtain a range of different plants, that are already growing well in your area, you can also sell your excess seeds to make money.

Get free gardening equipment

A good way to cut the cost of growing your own plants is by acquiring free gardening equipment; people often get rid of the stuff they no longer need, placing them on freebie sites. Gardeners can also save money by renting equipment instead of buying, by so doing, they are also helping the environment. Sites like Freegle and SnaffleUp, the free sections of Gumtree and Freecycle are well worth a look, they often give away unwanted goods.

Money Making Tips

Propagating plants consist of simply germinating seeds and growing the seedlings to a healthy size before planting them into larger pots or the ground. We can also propagate cuttings taken from matured plants. Keen gardeners, with green fingers, can make around £600 per month by growing and selling the right types of plants. In addition to those green fingers, growers will need a warm place such as a greenhouse with sufficient lighting.

Make money by propagating profitable Specialty Crops such as;

  • Edible flowers, plants like borage (starflower), roses, violets, and pansies, are all edible, they can be easily grown to make a profit. But remember, not all plants are edible, in fact; some plants can be very poisonous. Know which plants are safe, and which are not, before selling them as edibles. Plants such as rhododendron, azaleas and daffodils are often used as decoration in the food industry, but they are not safe to ingest.
  • Bamboo is a long time favourite for landscapers. More than 600 bamboo plants can be grown in 5-gallon pots in a 30' x 40' space, they grow easily, and are in high demand.

  • Herbs, the use of herbs and medicinal plants has increased massively in recent times. Herbs are used for cooking, fresh or dried. Also used in products such as soap, bath oils, shampoos, candles and teas, to name but a few. Herbs are easy to grow, even in pots on the windowsill, use growing towers for more plants.

  • Gourmet Garlic, also known as hardneck garlic, Rocambole, Purplestripe, and Porcelain, are types of garlic with a superior flavor that makes them special indeed. So much so, that customers are willing to pay as much as $10 per pound to purchase them.

    Another variety is the Elephant garlic, not a true garlic, closer to a stem leak which produces huge bulbs and is proving to be very profitable, fetching as much as $6.00 to $8.00 per pound.

    Choose the right soil, an acre of Elephant garlic is said to be able to yield around 15,000 pounds. The crop can tolerate a wide range of weather conditions and soil types, making it a very profitable crop to grow and the reason it is often referred to as the "mortgage lifter."

  • Willows are easy to grow and maintain, the stems, rods, and catkins are in high demand by florists and craft makers for wreaths, basket making, willow furniture and trellises. A study by the University of Kentucky found that growers could harvest 4 to 5 tons of willow shoots per acre, bringing in $7 per pound from basket weavers.

  • Bonsai plants, the hobby of growing bonsai is widespread and popular. The plants are small, so they do not require much space.

  • Woody Stems, these are trees and shrubs grown for their ornamental value. Used by florist and craft makers for the production of wreaths. They include; red twig dogwood, pussy willow in the spring, holly in winter, forsythia and hydrangeas in late spring and summer.

  • Gourmet mushrooms, an Ideal specialty crop for urban farmers, they are grown indoors and have a high return per square foot. Most widely grown mushroom crops are oyster and shiitake, sold fresh or dried. Grow your own, sell to local restaurants and farmers markets.

  • Trees and Shrubs in the garden or for landscaping, these can be very profitable with huge profit margin, ideal for small growers since large amounts of container plants can be grown in a relatively small area. Around 1,500 two gallon, potted trees or shrubs can be grown in as little as 1000 square feet. Magnolia, Azaleas, and rhododendron, Japanese Maple are all profitable crops.

Valuable Popular Plants include:

  • Daphne bholua, (Jacqueline Postill)
  • Hellebore
  • Japanese apricot
  • Gardenia
  • Weeping Cherry
  • Clematis
  • Groundcovers
  • Ornamental grasses

Medicinal Plants

We've seen a distinct shift in the trend of using synthetic medication to herbals, in the last few years. Our modern cultures are rediscovering what all the old civilizations knew, that plants, have high therapeutic value and can be used in the treatment of a wide range of diseases. Some of the most popular and profitable herbal medicinal plants include:

  • Lavender, for me, nothing is as soothing as a walk through a field of lavender. This lovely scented plant can also be a real money maker for small growers. Lavender can be sold in bundles or for lavender oil. The flowers can be dried for sale to craft makers and florists. It can be used for scented pillows and sachets, and other aromatic products.
  • Ginseng, also known as 'green gold' you'll have to wait about six years to harvest your first mature root base, but you can sell small plants and seeds. Growers are believed to be able to make as much as $100,000 on a half acre plot of land from seeds, rootlets, and mature roots. However, the production of ginseng depends on the area.
  • Mint
  • Sage, perhaps the most valuable herb
  • Ginger
  • Basil, especially the purple variety sells well
  • Chives, flowers are in great demand
  • Parsley, most popular are the Italian variety
  • Rosemary
  • Coriander,
  • Lemon balm
  • Bee balm
  • Thyme
  • Chervil
  • Nettle Leaf, (Urtica dioica)
  • Flat-leaf Parsley
  • Feverfew
  • Red Clover

Hydrangea, but not like grandma use to make

hydrangea flowers come in an array of colours, shapes and sizes.
hydrangea flowers come in an array of colours, shapes and sizes. | Source

Hydrangea Mophead

  There are about 23 different types of hydrangea species, all stunningly beautiful and sure to bring a touch of magic to any garden.
There are about 23 different types of hydrangea species, all stunningly beautiful and sure to bring a touch of magic to any garden. | Source

Rhododendron for a blaze of spring colour


Make Money by selling the most popular rhododendron plants

Botanical Name
Common Name
Bloom Time
Rhododendron arboreum
Tree Rhododendron, holds the Guninness Record for World largest rhododendron
Early to mid- Spring
Rhododendron aborescens
Sweet Azalea, named for their sweet scent
Late Spring and early summer
Rhododendron atlanticum
Dwarf Azalea,
Spring and Summer
Rhododendron austrinum
Florida flame azalea, Honeysuckle azalea, Southern yellow azalea and Orange azalea
Rhodendodron catawbiense
Catawba Rhodie
Mid May
Rhododendron ponticum
Common rhododendron, or Pontic rhododendron
May to June
There are between 800 to 1,100 species in the genus Rhododendron, including azaleas. With so many different varieties of azaleas and rhododendrons, there's one for every situation. However, uncontrolled, some species can be invasive and poisonous to
Photos taken at Exbury gardens
Photos taken at Exbury gardens | Source

Rhododendron and Azaleas Ideal For Landscaping

Photo taken at Exbury gardens in the New Forest
Photo taken at Exbury gardens in the New Forest | Source
Photos taken at Exbury Gardens
Photos taken at Exbury Gardens | Source

Acer Palmatum also known as Japanese Maple, very popular landscape tree, Expensive and Relatively Easy to Propagate. Around $200 for a good size plant

 Japanese maple are very popular plants, they are expensive to buy, but are easily propagated from cuttings or seeds. Plants grown from cuttings will look like the parent plant while those grown from  seed may look different,  Image from Jo's garden
Japanese maple are very popular plants, they are expensive to buy, but are easily propagated from cuttings or seeds. Plants grown from cuttings will look like the parent plant while those grown from seed may look different, Image from Jo's garden | Source

Petunias are prolific bloomers, they look great and are easy to grow in the garden, in boxes or hanging baskets

The Magnolia is very popular


Trees or bush, Peonies are always stunningly beautiful

Used to line walkways, in mixed border or low hedges,  peonies will always blow you away. Peony plants have been known to survive for 100 years.
Used to line walkways, in mixed border or low hedges, peonies will always blow you away. Peony plants have been known to survive for 100 years. | Source

There are many new variations on an old theme such as this New Peony


What's your crop of tomatoes worth? The sense of humour is some what iffy, but this guy really knows his tomatoes.

Grow you own money maker tomatoes, sell seeds or use to grow more crops.

Grow plants all year round in a green house

Some Spring Favourite

Which of these spring blooming beauties do you love the best?

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Landscaping at Exbury



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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      OldRoses, I love growing plants and flowers from seeds and by propagating. I get so much pleasure when the tiny seeds burst into life. Your classmates are prime examples of how far removed we've become from the basics, but it's good that they want to learn. thank you for the visit and great comment, it's been a pleasure.

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      Caren White 3 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

      So few people know about plant propagation. When I was taking the Master Gardener course, I was dismayed to learn that almost none of my classmates had ever grown anything from seed and a few didn't realize it was possible! Excellent hub! Voted up!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Lady Guinevere, sorry about the plants, it's so frustrating when you've put so much effort into growing the cuttings only to see them killed off by the weather. I'm glad that you enjoyed the hub, it was fun to do. Thank you for taking a look and for the wonderful comment. My very best to you.

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      I love this hub! I always do cuttings off of other plants. This year I could not because of the long winter that we had and it killed most of my plants. Great information and thanks for putting it out for us to read.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Mary, coleus was introduced to me years ago by my mum who really loved them, they are beautiful and very colourful plants. I grew some from seeds, but they're easy to grow from either seeds or cuttings. I'll be stopping by to read you hub. Thank you for taking the time, much appreciated.

      I hope you're having a wonderful day, happy gardening. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Well, I just had a lovely surprise! I read your article because I love gardening and growing any plants; I just saw my Hub on Coleus is a related Hub to this one!

      You are so right! There are many many plants that are easy to propagate from cuttings, the Coleus is a very easy one, too.

      Your photos are just beautiful. I really enjoyed reading this Hub. You spent a lot of time on this one, and it shows.

      Voted UP, etc. and shared. Also Pinned to my gardening board.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Thank you Brian, I appreciate that you stopped by, took the time to leave a comment and shared, even though you're not into gardening. You're a star, :)

      my best to you.

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I'm not into gardening but have friends and relations who are. Will share. Up, Useful, and Interesting.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Thelma, growing thing can be fun, I know I get a lot of pleasure from it. However; for those who have a mind to, it can provide a good little business. As the saying goes, "from small acorns..."

      Good luck with the seedlings and thank you for stopping by, my best to you.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      I have these ideas a while ago and I have just started propagating flower seedlings. Thanks for sharing your knowledge about this.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Cheap easy meals, great to see you, and much appreciated.

      My very best to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hello Miss Dickinson, I'm sure you'll one day soon realize your dream of running you own nursery business. Selling unique varieties of plants and flowers is a very good idea, I'm sure you'll do well. Thank you so much for the visit and wonderful comment.

      I wish you all the best with your future venture, take care now.

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      Jacob Robinson 4 years ago

      Great post!!!

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      Miss Dickinson 4 years ago from Maine

      This is a great article. I have always wanted to have my own green house and nursery business; although, I currently live in a rental townhouse. Therefore, for now I continue to make my own thriving garden and awaiting the day I will have my own yard to start a small nursery. Thank you for the article about the most profitable plants to sell. I would like to sell versions of these but also focus on unique heirloom varieties that are now often forgotten or lost. I think that hopefully by selling heirloom fruit plants and trees, or unique heirloom flowers, this will give my 'someday' nursery a special spin and bring in more people.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Devika, so glad you found this useful, thank you for taking a look.

      As you already know, it's so much nicer to grow your own if you can. Take care and happy gardening. :)

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A wonderfully presented hub and now I know more about how to plant fruit trees. I enjoy new planting experiences with such helpful tips it sounds more useful to me the idea of saving is a great one. Voted up. useful and beautiful.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi faith, today has been a day of sunshine and rain over here, I'm trying to catch up on some writing also. Your book sounds great, they do say it's best to write about the people and things we know best. Like you, I'm attempting to write fiction, however, I'm hoping my friends and family won't recognize themselves in my writing, if and when they read my book. So nice of you to come back with this comment. Take care and my best to you as always.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jo,

      Sorry for not getting back to your inquiry as to how my book is going ... well, let's just say, slow and steady lol. My full-time work schedule and other life issues steal most of my time, but taking time out to read other hubbers' articles on writing sure helps to refocus. It is actually fiction with the characters taken from real life personas and even combined into each character. That seems to work best for me, as my usual genre of writing is nonfiction, but writing fiction is freeing.

      Hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Sujaya, Thank you for the visit and comment, always appreciated.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Cyndi10, lovely to see you, glad you enjoyed the hub. Hydrangeas are not so difficult to grow, after you've purchased and planted your hydrangea, take some of the lower branches, find an area where it bends, use a knife to score the underside, put some soil over the branch, water it in, place a stone over it or you can also use a U-shaped pin to hold the branch in place. This will take root and give you lots more plant without the fiddling. I grew a few last year and gave most of them away. Appreciate the visit and great comment, happy gardening.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Rebecca, there are ways of keeping the costs down, I find gardeners are very willing to share. Gardeners who wish to make a little money can also open their gardens to the public, people who love gardening often love looking around other gardens.

      I know someone who earn a little extra money by showing small groups of people around her garden, she even offer them tea and scones. Thank you for the visit and comment, much appreciated, my best to you.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What a beautiful hub, and so helpful. You are right, gardening can be expensive. Thanks for sharing ways to cut corners. Great photos!

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, I don't think anyone can be more thorough than you have been here. Great photos and tips for the anyone who would like an additional way of making money or who is just interested in a beautiful garden. I've just planted some of my petunias and I am contemplating a hydrangea. Unfortunately, I will have to go to the nursery for a purchase because I am not nearly patient enough to wait for one to get to a good size for the front yard.

      Thanks for all the useful tips!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Genna, so glad you liked the hub, I appreciate the visit, lovely comment and share. This time of the year gardens are beautiful but they do need a lot of work, it'll be well worth the effort, have fun. :) Always a pleasure to see you, take care and my best to you.

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      sujaya venkatesh 4 years ago

      flowery tips to

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This hub is priceless and so comprehensive! With spring finally upon us, your detailed information is an absolute treasure. I have bookmarked this to refer to as we begin our spring plantings and garden care. Thank you! Voted way up and shared. :-)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hello Lady Summerset, thank you so much for the visit and wonderful comment. Your garden sound absolutely gorgeous.

      Azaleas bloom time varies from zone to zone, there are three different bloom time according to the specific azalea and the weather conditions. The early bloomers can grow in Jan and Feb, middle bloomers, April and June and the late bloomers grows from July through to September. Good luck with your planting, take care and my best to you.

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      Lady Summerset 4 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      tobusiness, this hub was right up my alley, or should I say in my garden! An avid gardener with Peonies and Roses, top on my list, followed by azealeas and lilacs! I was just wondering about the azealeas bloom times because it's hard to resist purchasing another one every time I go to Home Depot. I looked on the web to see if azealeas had varying of bloom times because they could be found at Home Depot throughout the season and poof! here it is in your hub!

      This was one of the most beautiful hubs I seen on Hubpages! :) Loved the pictures!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi john, glad you enjoyed the hub. Hibiscus and Frangipani are both featured in my next hub, I love both flowers. You're so lucky to live in a climate where you can grow such beautiful flowers. During my time in the Caribbean, I propagated a Frangipani from cuttings and was surprised at how easily it grew, then again in the tropics, everything grows well. Good luck with the propagating, thank you for the visit and the wonderful comment, much appreciated. My best as always.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What an amazing and comprehensive hub Jo. Your information provided here is invaluable and the photos and videos are amazing as well. We have been propagating hibiscus and frangipani cuttings at the moment. Voted up.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi MsDora, thank you for the visit and lovely comment, I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub. I tend to take far too many pictures, but at this time of the year the gardens are so very enticing, I'm spoilt for choice.

      Always a pleasure to see you, take care and my best as always.

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      A great article for the gardeners, and lovely pictures for all of us. Your details on measurements and prices are very impressive. Thank you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Bill, I feared you wouldn't turn up for your party, not really. :) I knew you would be here as soon as you can, we all lives busy life, I'm just thankful so many people take the time to read and comment.

      Yes, my friend this was indeed written with you in mind, I hope you'll find some of it inline with your plans for the future. Enjoy your weekend, and my very best to you and Bev.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Good morning Author Cheryl, yes, those gorgeous blooms can evoke a lot of passion in us. I agree with you about perennials, they are great plants that gives us a longer period of enjoyment. I deliberated didn't include bulbs because I'm planning another hub around them, Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, always a pleasure to see you. Take care and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm a little slow getting here but I made it. You know I'm all about frugal tips and all about gardening, so this hub was written just for me....and I know that was your intention. LOL Nicely done my friend. Take the rest of the weekend off. You earned it.

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      Cheryl A Whitsett 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      I am totally in love with flowers. We just bought our house almost a year ago and I have planted many things. I also think if you are going to spend money on plants, buy perennials. People think there are very little to choose from and that is not the case. I have many bulbs planted of over 300 perennials and also bare roots plants that will give me years of joy. Great article and tips. Voted up.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Faith, a pleasure to see you! So glad you liked the hub. As always, many thanks for the wonderful comment and share.

      Sorry about your internet connection being down, it does happen, but as you've said thank goodness for WiFi. :)

      How is the book coming along? Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, take care and my best to you and the family.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Jo,

      I am sorry for the late comment. My Internet is down until next week, so I am on free WiFi lol.

      What a great hub! You certainly have opened my eyes in looking at my garden in a different way and for the better of course. I have learned so much here and will return often. Your neighbor is one wise woman no doubt, as are you!

      All of your photos are exceptionally beautiful here. I just love the Cherry blossom. I want to plant both the Cherry blossom and lavender.

      This hub has HOTD written all over it!

      Up and more, tweeting, pinning and sharing

      Hope you are enjoying your beautiful garden this weekend.

      Blessings always

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Flourish, you've been very busy! I'm pretty sure that you're a lady who succeeds at what ever she puts her mind to.:)

      I wish I had more time to spend in the garden, my neighbor puts me to shame, she's retired and spends all her time outdoors. When I have the time, I find gardening relaxing and exceedingly rewarding. Thank you so much for taking a look, glad you enjoyed it.

      My best to you as always

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      I love to start from seeds, as it is a delight to see them grow (and a bit of a surprise for me personally, given my poor gardening skills). I'm growing herbs and lots of different types of vegetables, plus sunflowers for the birds this year. You're a productive and obviously very successful gardener. Just gorgeous!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Frank, so glad to see you back, you've been missed, I hope all is well. Thank you for stopping by and for the wonderful comment, as always, much appreciated. Have a terrific weekend and my very best to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      mgeorge1050, yes indeed, it's always thrilling when the heads of germinating seeds pops up above the soil.

      Great idea from your great grandmother, those cherry trees sounds lovely. Thank you so much for stopping by and for the great comment. Take care and my best to you.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      this was and will always be helpful tobusiness, im not a gardener, but I do plant fruit trees and such, this is a useful hub voted just that useful ..Bless you

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      Alan 4 years ago from West Georgia

      Great article, I have always found it very satisfying to start new plants from both seeds and cuttings. My great grandmother had me dig up some shoots near her cherry trees a few years ago to plant in my yard. Now I have two beautiful little cherry trees full white blooms every spring.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Kim, lovely to see you! Ginseng was indeed a sacred plant, well respected by the Cherokees. They used it for trading and for medicine. Ginseng is still as popular today, it's a male tonic for poor sex drive, fatigue and the rest. Thank you for stopping by and for the great comment, always a pleasure.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina


      As always, your hub is just exceptional in all the best ways. Gardening is a pretty big deal around here. A friend of mine has approx. a pound of the green gold root. You may already know this, but the Cherokee believed that ginseng was so sacred that only those worthy were able to see/find it. I wish I was worthy like my friend. : ) 100 Green Thumbs Up!/Seedlings Shares

      Happy Spring,


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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Eddy, the rhododendron is the ultimate enchantress, they rarely do subtle, beauty in your face, I love em!

      Thank you for stopping by, it's always good to see you. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub tobu so well informed and balanced beautifully with gorgeous photos. Our rhododendrons are just about to burst into bloom and they make a wonderful display.

      Voting up and wishing you a great weekend.


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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Jackie, with your background in farming, the sky is the limit. We store more information from our childhood than we realize, you'll do just fine with the cuttings. Thank you for taking a look, I'm glad you liked the hub. Take care and have a great weekend.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Ruby, so very nice to see you! Looks like you're already doing a great job in the garden. I love lavender, just can't walk pass a bush without rubbing some through my fingers to have a sniff. :)

      The Cleomes will give a lot of pleasure, the flowers are gorgeous and long lasting. Don't forget to post some photos, your garden sounds stunning. Thank you for taking a look, always appreciated and my best to you as always, hope you're enjoying the wonderful spring sunshine.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love to garden, i've been planting all week. I lined my redwood fence with cleome seed and planted tomatoes and cucumber. I will plant bell pepper seed this week. You listed some great ideas Jo. I have about all of the flowers you mentioned except lavender, that will be my next project. Thank you for sharing great ideas. Voted up...

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great article Jo! I am starting many things this year from seed and learning to grow cuttings and we can save a small fortune on that even if we don't sell any! Just love plant articles like this! Great to tuck away and come back to often. ^+


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