In an economic slump like the one we’re experiencing now, it doesn’t make sense to spend a lot of gasoline mowing a lawn. On the other hand, it takes a lot of money to go out to nurseries and buy plants that might be grown in the place of a lawn.
There is an ancient alternative that’s finding new energy, thanks to the ability of the Internet to connect people: Plant trading.
Neighbors have done this informally for a long time. I like a flower that my neighbor is growing, and ask for a rooting, in return for which I offer a cutting or some seeds from mine.
Now, there are plenty of web sites where gardeners can network with each other to trade plants, avoiding high nursery prices. A few such sites I’ve found this afternoon:
Dave’s Garden – one fella here has 107 varieties of day lily
World Plant Exchange
Real Palm Trees – for palm tree enthusiasts
Carnivorous Plants Trading Posts – for green meat eaters only
Remember, the leaves may be browning, but it’s still not too late to get perennials in the ground to overwinter.