I like to think of myself as "the plant rescuer." When I go to garden centers in the fall, I look for bloomed out perennials, and flowering or berry producing shrubs that need tlc. Pruning and trimming away dead branches, then adding a bit of triple phosphate to the hole, revives the plants. Here on Long Island we have the perfect soil for transplanting. It rains softly almost every day in the Autumn, and we have a lot of top soil mixed in with sand. Plants love the environment, and are replenished quickly.
Lori,Thanks for the tip. I have a friend who does the same thing. Several of the plants in my garden came from cuttings that began as scraggly, sad-looking rejects on sale for next to nothing in the fall.