One buy to brighten your home without draining your wallet is to decorate with seasonal cut flowers such as tulips, along with spring flowering plants such as primroses and tete-a-tete daffodils, says Carol Caggiano, spokeswoman for the Society of American Florists.
"It's a very good time of year for cut tulips, so there's a very good chance you can find a good buy," she says. You can save between 15 percent and 20 percent, she says.
With potted spring flowers, such as primroses, "their season is not that long, so this is a great time of the year for them," Caggiano says. In March you get bigger, healthier plants, rather than lower prices, she says.
African violets are another bargain you might not expect in springtime. "This is a good growing time for them," Caggiano says. "They don't like it really hot." You can save 10 percent to 15 percent, she says. And you'll get bigger, healthier plants for the money.
As with other flowering plants, says Caggiano, "the price difference may be marginal, but the quality difference is major if you buy in season."