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13 Plants That Give You More Bang for Your Buck

Country Living Logo By Warren Schultz of Country Living | Slide 1 of 15: <p>What makes a plant a good buy? It's not purchase price alone. Value is best measured by how a plant performs once it's in the ground. "A bargain doesn't need lots of attention, isn't prone to disease or insect problems, and spreads on its own," says Lexington, Kentucky-based landscape designer Jon Carloftis. And while there's no question that annuals deliver the most bang for the buck in a single season, <a href="http://www.countryliving.com/gardening/garden-ideas/advice/g1143/best-perennials-for-any-yard/">perennials</a>, shrubs, and trees provide long-lasting structure and color to the landscape. </p>

What makes a plant a good buy? It's not purchase price alone. Value is best measured by how a plant performs once it's in the ground. "A bargain doesn't need lots of attention, isn't prone to disease or insect problems, and spreads on its own," says Lexington, Kentucky-based landscape designer Jon Carloftis. And while there's no question that annuals deliver the most bang for the buck in a single season, perennials, shrubs, and trees provide long-lasting structure and color to the landscape.

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