by David Salman

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The Autumn Magic Pollinator Collection will provide nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds in the mid-summer through fall.

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.

Chrysothamnus nauseosus Yellow Twig, Yellow Twig Rabbitbrush
Yellow Twig Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus) is attractive to pollinators, including this Monarch Butterlfy.

Late-Season Color Collection For The West

The plants in this Late-Season Color Collection have been selected for the western US in more arid growing conditions.

Solidago Fireworks
Fireworks Solidago is a late summer/early fall bloomer with golden-yellow flowers arch gracefully downward like glittering trails from an exploding skyrocket.

Late-Season Color Collection For the East & Midwest

The plants in the Late-Season Color Collection for the East/Midwest have been selected for areas of the country east of the Mississippi that get more than about 30 inches of annual precipitation.

August Afternoons Pre-Planned Garden
The August Afternoons Garden will add beautiful late-season color to your yard.

The August Afternoons Pre-Planned Garden

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.

  1. Papaver Collection

    Oriental poppies (Papaver orientale) are the royal family of the early summer garden. Their large (3-6") tissue paper-like flowers offer a translucent, almost glowing presence that i...

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    Oriental Poppy Collection (Papaver) Oriental Poppy Collection (Papaver)
    $91.91
    Per Collection of 9
    Oriental poppies (Papaver orientale) are the royal family of the early summer garden. Their large (3-6") tissue paper-like flowers offer a translucent, almost glowing presence that is breathtaking to behold. Fuzzy foliage will turn brown after flowering and disappear, to reappear in early fall. Our collection features 3 plants of each variety shown: Papaver orientale ‘Brilliant’, ‘Prince of Orange’, and ‘Beauty of Livermere’.
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  2. Some Like It Hot Collection

    If you have places in your landscape where most flowers seem to fry from the heat, these tough, long blooming perennials will solve the problem. They thrive in hot, sunny locations a...

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    Some Like It Hot Collection Some Like It Hot Collection
    Regular Price $82.91 Sale $74.62
    Per Collection of 9
    You save: 10%
    If you have places in your landscape where most flowers seem to fry from the heat, these tough, long blooming perennials will solve the problem. They thrive in hot, sunny locations and provide flowers over much of the growing season when kept deadheaded. These red, purple and yellow blooms will brighten your yard and withstand the heat. Drought resistant perennial plants (xeric). A collection of nine plants (three each of three varieties in 2.5" and 5" pots. Save $10 off the single plant price of $89.91.
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  3. Tried & True Dinnerplate Dahlia Collection

    Tried & True Dinnerplate Dahlia Collection is composed of three favorite Dahlias with dinner-plate sized blooms that just shout out big color. Thomas Edison, Kelvin Floodlight and Ba...

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    Tried & True Dinnerplate Dahlia Collection Tried & True Dinnerplate Dahlia Collection
    Regular Price $48.97 Sale $39.17
    Per Collection of 9
    You save: 20%
    Tried & True Dinnerplate Dahlia Collection is composed of three favorite Dahlias with dinner-plate sized blooms that just shout out big color. Thomas Edison, Kelvin Floodlight and Babylon Red Dahlias are all are classic favorites and will provide abundant 6-10" flowers. Blooming from mid-summer to frost, they will provide bright, beautiful cut flowers and light up the garden. Collection of three varieties, 9 bulbs (tubers) total.
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