by Connie Oswald Stofko
It’s the sale that gardeners wait all year for— Mischler’s 49-cent perennial sale. Since it comes around only once a year, you should do a little preparation so you can make the most of it.
The sale will be held Friday, April 24 to Sunday, May 3 at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. (Please note that it starts this Friday; I had the starting date wrong last week.) Sale hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The first thing you need to do is to download the list of the plants that will offered. From that, you can make a list of the plants you want based on the characteristics you need for your garden, such as deer resistance, drought tolerance, suitable for shade or long blooming.
That’s really how you should select plants, and since the plants will be small and not blooming yet, you won’t get distracted and choose the wrong plant simply because it’s pretty.
Plants are sold only in packs of four plants at $1.96 per pack or $23.52 per flat (12 packs per flat). If you want to try a new plant but don’t want four specimens, call a friend and split the pack.
More than 75 varieties of plants will be offered in the sale. See some of the new offerings here.
Because this is such a popular sale, consider carpooling and bringing your own cart or wagon. See more tips here on preparing for the sale as well as answers to questions on how to care for the plants after the sale.