I have been known to surf through the local big box home improvement store garden center for discount plants. I found all sorts of mums earlier in the fall for $0.50 each. All they needed was a little trimming and dead heading and they were good as new.
I’ve found Viburnums and Russian Sage this way also!
Today I found a 10-12 foot tall weeping willow for $15. Marked down over $20 from its original price. All it needed was a little dead wood pruning and its good as new!
Usually the stores don’t want to take the time to care for ailing plants so they discount it to try to get rid of it. That’s where a gardener who is patient enough to nurse the plants back to health can get a great advantage. 🙂