Plant these budget-friendly blooms for color all summer long.

One of the best ways to keep your garden looking fresh is to take advantage of seasonal sales at your local nursery, and to stock up on popular plants. And, since you want them to look beautiful until it is time to make them permanent additions to the landscape, keep them in their nursery pots. Then, display them in galvanized buckets on the porch until you are ready to plant them in your garden. You can easily recreate this look with gerbera daisies, salvias, shasta daisies, daylilies, and sweet potato vines. Look for similar pots at gardening or home-supply stores.Similar galvanized pots here.

Gerbera Daisy
These cheery blooms make great cut flowers; plant needs excellent drainage and full sun to partial shade. Grows up to 1 1⁄2 feet tall.

This member of the mint family is both heat and drought tolerant. Best in full sun. Can grow over 4 feet tall, depending on species. After the first year, prune back by half in July.

Shasta Daisy
A must for the sunny border. ‘Becky' is a favorite Southern pass-along. After a few years divide clumps and share with friends. Deadhead to promote continued bloom.

Sweet Potato Vine
Expect mounds of bright color from a single plant until frost. Trim with scissors to shape if the plants grow over their bounds.

Great for beginners. Plant in broad sweeps. Protection from hot, late-afternoon sun is best. Keep blooms coming all season long by deadheading.