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Those brightly coloured prepacks that you see in supermarkets, can be very worthwhile if you are on a limited budget and know what you are looking for.
The range is usually limited to the more common types of plant. Buy them as soon as they appear in the shop- before the high store temperature brings them into premature growth or dehydrates them.
Do I practice what I preach? Yes, even professionals cannot resist bargains. A tiny Clematis tangutica, I purchased in Woolworths for the equivalent of one dollar last year, grew to 10 ft in its second year and flowered from August till December!