In the short term, however, with more demand comes shortages. With shortages, comes rising prices. Last year, it seemed there were no clematis to be had. A scant few rose varieties were available. What was available, seems to have high price tags attached. There were some poor quality plants out there, in stock; and everything was smaller. A particular shrub cultivar? Good luck sourcing it-- anywhere.
This year the costs of shipping are going add to the price tag of the plants at your local independent and big box store garden center. I work at a local independent garden center. Last spring we had numerous varieties of perennials sell out in just days from our Open for the Season Day. Your independent garden center buyer is already getting in line for their 2023 and even 2024 orders for everything from plant plugs to pottery.
So words of wisdom, if you see it and you really want it-- buy it. Don't assume you will see it cheaper at the big box store. Make your plan. List the plants you are looking for and have an alternate plant listed. Look for the alternatives at the same time you are looking for your favorites. Expect sticker shock.