All Things Gardening forum: What's in YOUR big box store? (Regional variability?)

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Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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Jun 22, 2020 4:37 PM CST
Ace had anise hyssop. Some hardy hibiscus for 15 and 25. Aces price point on the cheaper plants seem to have gone up. Old prices 4.99 now I am seeing 6.99 prices. Lowe's had saucy salvia and 8 bucks echinacea. Clearance was not too good.
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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Jun 22, 2020 11:49 PM CST
Wal Mart continues to be the plant store to be at around here. When I went last time, they had so many new ones! All in great shape. Large purple pentas, several colors of sunpatiens, hibiscus, some really lovely two tone portulaca, both in pots and hanging baskets. They take good care of what they have, and are getting new stuff in all the time. Beats Lowe's all to pieces.
My friend has gotten a greenhouse, and is having a welcome party for it, only a true gardener would have a party celebrating the purchase of a greenhouse! Hilarious! She loves the color red, there was a lovely red sunpatiens planted in a decorative red pot I'm getting for her party.
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Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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Miamiu
Aug 4, 2020 6:22 PM CST
Went to lowes today. Pretty dreadful collection considering its summer still. Some over priced celosias in the cheap colorful pots. Did see some brain celosia that caught my eye for three bucks. Don't have the pots for it so didn't buy it.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Aug 5, 2020 5:39 AM CST
Where did you see the brain celosia? Which Lowes?
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Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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Miamiu
Aug 5, 2020 10:53 AM CST
The Lowe's in palatka.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Aug 5, 2020 12:12 PM CST
I used to go to Walmart, twenty years ago, as they had a huge varied supply; those days are long gone, new bigger store was NOT better.
I have never had much use for Menard's outside of chemicals or bagged stuff.
Home Depot used to have far more varied items available but after the years of very late cold springs, that has dried up; used to drive forty miles to Lowes but again, what once was , is no more.

I try to hit greenhouse/gardenshops but so many of those have closed up , once again choice is small, and Farmer's seed store, after two years of miss-labled tomatoes, plus stuff I did get no longer available, are getting fewer visits.

So at this point Fleet Farm, one of the few stores who after expansion, variety did not drop, is the best choice around here.
We drove to some in the Twin Cities area, 60-70 miles away but although there were a few worth going to, comparatively cheap, wood rain barrels, mostly high priced disappointment.
Runnings , in my home town is getting better.
There is greenhouse up by Northbranch, I will try to get to next year.
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Aug 5, 2020 5:11 PM CST
I agree. Pretty disappointed with all of the big box garden offerings this year. They all have the same stuff.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Aug 6, 2020 8:08 AM CST
Its been that way for a while now here. HD used to be the best, but the garden manager they had was replaced by someone because they either moved or quit I guess, and now its just meh. Lowe's is a little better, sometimes you find some real buys (this week they had 3 gal containers of variegated Alocasias for $25) but usually not. both have also drastically reduced the varieties of fertilizer and such they used to have as well
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Name: Bob
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NJBob
Aug 8, 2020 8:31 PM CST
Surprised to see Fall bulbs coming in at HD, Tulips and Daffodils. Seems pretty early to me.
Name: Bob
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NJBob
Aug 10, 2020 7:24 PM CST
Already seeing Mums everywhere. again seems to early.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Aug 11, 2020 5:27 AM CST
Wha...? Its still 95F here.
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Name: Bob
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NJBob
Aug 11, 2020 8:56 PM CST
We are at 90 here, maybe the growers just do not have much else to send. I was at a local garden center and asked my friend why some plants were so small and she said growers were sending them plants that they were growing for next season because they were out of stock.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Aug 12, 2020 6:08 AM CST
I think they must slow down on a set schedule. Maybe they have not snapped that everyone's growing seasons are getting longer across the board
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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Aug 14, 2020 1:33 PM CST
Yeah, it's kinda like the Halloween stuff in the stores right now. Wal Marts has sold all their swimsuits. Mums and bulbs everywhere here. Can't even plant bulbs here until the last of October/ first of November.
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Hamwild
Aug 15, 2020 12:37 PM CST
I noticed the bulbs at Lowes here too. And Mums. My MIL said the selection seems thin for the time of year, but I never remember what the BBSs normally have this time of year. I imagine COVID had an effect on stuff this year. I am curious what next year will bring.
Name: Debbieo
Florence Al (Zone 7a)
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taterpye
Aug 15, 2020 12:42 PM CST
I think the growers have just run out. People planted more this year than ever. I never saw tropical milkweed run through . I have bought that most years. Our Lowes is good. Takes care of plants. Shelves are empty.
Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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Miamiu
Sep 29, 2020 4:56 PM CST
Ace had a bunch of celosias, indigo spires, coral porterweed, and salvia leucantha. I bought one. Three foot tall bush for thirteen bucks. The color of the fuschia flowers blew me away.
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Sep 30, 2020 6:25 AM CST
I'm resisting buying plants. Krogers has been getting in a lot of nice perennials at very good prices, coreopsis, echinacea, hostas and coral bells. The weirdest thing they got was some really nice bougainvilleas. I wonder how many folks will buy these and not know these are tropicals and can't take our winters.
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Oct 10, 2020 7:20 PM CST
The Home Depots around here have gone half price on trees and shrubs.
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Oct 11, 2020 2:10 PM CST
Sure not looking for plants right now! I may be looking for homes for a lot of mine. Sad
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