Answer: It doesn't hurt to shop around now to see what's available, but there are reasons that prices are slashed on nursery stock: the stock has likely been there all season long, and may be root bound if in pots or balled & burlapped (B&B), or hurting a bit from competition (those heeled into nursery plots). If evergreens are in your plan, you can safely transplant them now, but I'd wait til next spring to plant bare-rooted fruit and deciduous trees/shrubs. Better yet, spend this summer and autumn working on soil improvement. Have your soil tested and adjust as necessary for various plants (e.g. some will prefer acidic soil). If you don't already have "The Southern Living Garden Book" (Oxmoor House, 1998; ISBN# 0-8487-2023-7), you may want to consider buying a copy (or at least look at one in the book store) - I think you'll find it very helpful in planning and planting your new landscape. Enjoy!
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