Keep the Nectar Coming: Support the Pollinators by Planting Late-Season Blooms for Long Lasting Color
by David Salman
As summer begins to wane and fall is just around the corner, it's important to step back and take a look at our gardens and landscapes. Probably the most noticeable aspect of the late season garden is recognizing the need for more blooming plants. And I'm not just talking about planting garden mums. Whether it's migrating Monarchs and on their way to Mexico, hummingbirds heading south to the tropics for the winter or bumblebees and honeybees gathering food reserves for winter, there must be flowers to keep them fed. In nature, this happens naturally as part of the web of life. In the ornamental garden, it's something that we gardeners need to make a conscience decision to provide. Collectively, our gardens can make a significant difference in replacing the flowering plants (and the nectar they provide) that are lost when their habitats are built on or paved.
But of equal importance for us humans, is the fact that the late season garden can be as equally spectacular as the spring garden. Why settle for a green garden, void of color for the last months of the growing season when it's the nicest time of the year to be outside? We've decided to make it easy to turn your landscape into a fall paradise by putting together several collections and a pre-planned garden to help you get it done.
Late Season Pollinator Collections for Nectar and Colorful Flowers
These collections provide a nice matched palette of plants for you to scatter into your yard or group together to provide lots of colorful natural nectar-providing flowers.
The Autumn Magic Pollinator Collection
The Autumn Magic Pollinator Collection is a NEW collection of colorful, low-care perennials are sure to bring butterflies and honey bees into your yard to feast on the nectar-rich flowers. Suitable of areas of the US that get 30" of annual precipitation or less.
'Fireworks' Goldenrod ( Solidago rugosa) - this stunning perennial lights up the garden with sprays of deep yellow flowers that attract butterflies and beneficial insects (that feed on injurious insects like aphids).
A stunning garden of August blooming perennials with flowers in shades of pink and blue. Mixed with some ornamental grasses (that provide winter protection for overwintering butterflies and beneficial insects), the lovely August Afternoons Pre-Planned Garden will attract a wide variety of hummingbirds and insect pollinators to your yard.
This long-blooming perennial Container Garden for Full Sun has flowers of violet-blue, violet and brilliant purple. Salvia 'Ultra Violet' and Agastache 'Blue Boa' are upright growing while the Verbena cascades over the edges of the pot to provide a brilliant purple "skirt" of nectar-rich flowers. This combination will be very attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. Grow this container in full sun and plant it in large pot (16 to 20" diameter and 12 to 15" deep) to give the plants plenty of root room. The plants will bloom their first growing season and get larger and fuller in the following years. This Pre-Planned Garden includes premium plants, and a planting and care guide.
The brilliant orange and scarlet flowers in this long-blooming perennial Hummingbird Container Garden are sure to draw hummingbirds from your entire neighborhood. The Penstemon and Agastache are the upright growers while the Zauschneria drapes over the edges of the container as a "spiller." Grow this container in full sun and plant it in a large pot (16 to 20" diameter and 12 to 15" deep) to give the plants plenty of root room to thrive. The plants will bloom their first growing season and get larger and fuller in the following years. This Pre-Planned Garden includes premium plants, and a planting and care guide.
Our SunSparkler® Sedum Collection is a trio of dramatic, high-impact Sedums that will pick up any garden setting with easy-care fun. A rich color palette includes grey-green foliage with burgundy flowers, bi-color lime green foliage, and blazing ruby-red petals edged in bright pink. A favorite of birds and pollinators, Sedum will naturalize to create drought-tolerant mats of colorful foliage and flowers. Collection of 3 plants.
The Serene Shade Garden uses a bright, blooming assortment of perennials to color-up the shady areas of your yard. Our expertly designed garden includes a planting map and a detailed care guide to help you easily create an oasis in the shade.