I think one of the biggest hurdles of having a beautifully landscaped lawn is the cost. Plants are expensive! However, with a little TLC and a good bit of water you can get the expensive look for an inexpensive price. The secret is the clearance "aisle" at your neighborhood Lowe's; sometimes its multiple aisles and sometimes just one or two plants. I'm sure Home Depot has a clearance spot too, but Lowe's happens to be right around the corner from me so that is what I know about. For example take a look at this:
Don't get me wrong, some will grow and some will die, but that is true whether you spend $2 or $14.95. But, when you rescue you plant I think it is all the more worth it. See here's what that Foxglove looks like just 2 weeks later, all the leaves are perky and green and there is even a pink bloom - success!
Sincerely Loving the Garden,