ok, so i was in lowes picking up some trash bags and i noticed summer annuals in the garden center. a huge,huuuge no no because we live in the mountains of nc where you cannot plant untilthe third week of may. so i ask the manager what gives and that it was bad business practice to tempt the unsuspecting novice to buy flowers before the propper time. so he tells me that lowes guarantees all...yes all... including annuals for one year! iasked if he'd refund my money if the flower is dead from the fall freeze and he said yes..that's lowes policy. my point after this long-winded paragraph is that lowes is trying even harder to push out the small flower people b/c they cannot guarantee their product for one year. my answer... start a business and buy plants from lowes. at the end of the season divide all perinneals, keep half and return the other half along with the other dead annuals and get your money back. unethical and misleading? yep...but fight fire with fire!