Big Box Pricing Report: Mother’s Day Hanging Baskets And Annuals

Online store circulars offer a glimpse into the hot deals mass merchandisers are promoting to their customers. This May, annuals, perennials, edibles and shrubs were all over store circulars at Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart. Take a look into two weekends worth of data from online store circulars from stores in St. Louis, Mo., Portland, Ore., Dallas, Texas, Philadelphia, Pa. and Atlanta, Ga.

May 10 Mother’s Day Report

The Home Depot focused its pre-Mother’s Day promotions on hanging baskets and premium planters, while
Lowe’s concentrated on quarts and gallons for bedding plants (scroll down to see those numbers). Walmart featured an annual quart and premium hanging basket in each market we tracked. Here are the hanging basket promotions from Mother’s Day weekend:

Mother’s Day Weekend
hanging basket promotions
St. Louis, Mo.     
Home Depot  #12 Laurel premium hanging basket  $16.98
   10-inch Olympic hanging basket  $7.98
   11-inch Infinity hanging basket  $14.98
   12-inch Proven Winners coco lined hanging basket  $29.98
Lowe’s  none  
Walmart  1.5-gallon premium hanging basket  $12.98
Portland, Ore.    

Home Depot

 10-inch Olympic hanging basket  $7.88
Lowe’s  1.5-gallon warm-season hanging basket   2 for $10
Walmart  1.5-gallon premium hanging basket   $12.98
Dallas, Texas    
Home Depot  12-inch Viva! Laurel annual premium hanging basket  $19.98
   12-inch coco hanging basket  $24.98
Lowe’s  3-gallon warm-season hanging basket   $29.98
Walmart  1.5-gallon premium hanging basket   $10.98
Philadelphia, Pa.    
Home Depot  12-inch Laurel annual premium hanging basket   $19.97
   #10 Olympic hanging basket  $9.98
   #11 Infinity annuals hanging basket   $14.98 
   #12 Proven Winners coco basket   $26.98
Lowe’s  2-gallon coco warm-season hanging basket   $19.98
Walmart  1.5-gallon premium hanging basket   $11.98
Atlanta, Ga.    
Home Depot  12-inch Viva! Laurel annual hanging basket   $16.96
   11-inch Infinity hanging basket   $14.97
   12-inch coco hanging basket   $19.97
Lowe’s  1.5-gallon warm-season hanging basket  2 for $10
   1.5-gallon premium hanging baskets   $9.98 
   3-gallon annual hanging basket   $36.98
Walmart  1.5-gallon premium hanging basket   $9.98

May 17 Gardening Season Kickoff

To kickoff the 2013 gardening season, Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart offered a mix of vegetables, perennials, annuals and premium containers and baskets. Lowe’s promoted just two items per market during this weekend:

  • a 1- to 2.5-quart perennial, all priced at 3 for $10
  • a 2-gallon patio planter, priced between $22.98 and $29.98

Walmart offered the same five items at the same price across the country:

  • Bonnie 5 herb or tomato plant for $3.38
  • 1 quart Better Homes and Gardens color annual for $3.68
  • 2.5 quart blooming perennial for $3.33
  • Better Homes and Gardens 12-inch flowering container for $22.98
  • 2.5-quart hibiscus bush for $6.98

The Home Depot offered a broader range of annuals (for planting and in combination planters), perennials, shrubs and vegetables.

Across the country, Home Depot offered 1-gallon Bonnie vegetables and herbs at 3 for $12. Walmart offered
Bonnie herb and tomato plants for $3.38 each.

Here’s a breakdown of the annuals offerings from Home Depot, Walmart and Lowe’s:

Annuals promotions    
St. Louis, Mo.
Home Depot  Proven Winners quart annuals  $4.98
   Vigoro quart annual  $3.98
   308 pack of annuals  $4.88
   24-pack annuals  $12.98
Walmart  1-quart Better Homes & Gardens annual  $3.68
Lowe’s (May 10)   1.25-quart warm-season annual  $2.50
   12-pack warm-season annual   $10.98
Portland, Ore.    
Home Depot  Gallon annuals  3 for  $10
   6-pack annuals  $0.98
   Viva! gallon annual  $5.97
   10-inch Infinity square planter (patio-ready annuals)  $16.97
Walmart  1-quart Better Homes & Gardens annual  $3.68
Lowe’s (May 10)  1-quart warm-season annual   $2.98
   1.5-gallon spring bloom ready refill  $15.98
Dallas, Texas    
Home Depot  Gallon Vigoro annuals  $5.98
Walmart  1-quart Better Homes & Gardens annual  $3.68
Lowe’s (May 10)  12-pack warm-season annual  $9.98
   3-gallon warm-season coco urn annual   $34.98
   3-gallon warm-season annual planter  $19.98
Philadelphia, Pa.    
Home Depot   6-pack annuals  $5.88
   3-pack Proven Winners annuals  $24.98
   1.25-quart annual  $3.49
   #4.33 Vigoro annual  $3.97
Walmart  1-quart Better Homes & Gardens annual  $3.68
Lowe’s (May 10)  1.25-quart warm-season annual  $2.48
   6-pack SunPatiens carry pack  $7.97
   2-gallon warm-season planter   $16.98
Atlanta, Ga.    
Home Depot  6-inch Wave petunia  $3.88
   Gallon Vigoro annual  $4.97
   Gallon lantana  $5.96
   11-inch Infinity  $9.88
Walmart  1-quart Better Homes & Gardens annual  $3.68
Lowe’s (May 10)  1-quart warm-season annual  $3.88
   12-pack warm-season annual  $9.98

Click here for a complete listing of all live goods promotions from Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart for May 10 and 17 from these five cities.

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