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Wally World

Inexpensive materialsInexpensive materials
One area in which Wal-Mart and other large discount centers provide especially good value is in the large variety of inexpensive garden building materials, such as stone and faux stone for patios, walkways, and edging.
Rock onRock on
This garden season saw an almost astonishing range of choices in rock materials for the garden; e.g., these "Ozark Landscape Rock" products from an Illinois company.
Bedding PlantsBedding Plants
Discount centers can be good sources of bedding plants, if buyers are careful. A good rule of thumb is to buy plants as near as possible to their arrival at such centers. This May selection at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Republic, Missouri, included some healthy scabiosa, sage, and dianthus.
All-America RosesAll-America Roses
One real surprise in 2005 was the appearance of several excellent All-America Selection roses at the Republic, Missouri, Supercenter. As far as we know, this is the only Wal-Mart to carry AAS roses.
Hens 'n ChicksHens 'n Chicks
Hens 'n Chicks is a catch-all name for many plants of the Sempervivum species. They get their common name by producing new plants from a central plant or cluster. They generally grow to 3 inches high and like average to dry soil and full sun. In gardens or containers, they do beautifully in the Ozarks.
ColorsColors
This "purely accidental" mix of colors at Wal-Mart beautifully illustrates the power of combining purples, blues, oranges, and yellows in the garden.
Landscape TimbersLandscape Timbers
Landscape timbers just can't be beaten for making rustic garden or walkway borders or raised beds. They're customarily sold in 8-foot lengths and varying widths. Wal-Mart and other discount centers for treated timbers and other landscape construction materials.   

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