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.
Plant our drought resistant Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Panned Garden to grow more flowers and foliage while using less water. Perfect for hot, dry, sunny gardens, this eye-catching combination of long-blooming perennials will light up the landscape with bright, clear colors. Easy-care plants feature inedible foliage that keep rabbits and deer away. Large garden of 27 plants covers 190 sq ft, small garden of 18 plants covers 100 sq ft. (For gardeners in coastal CA, OR, and WA, plant the Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden For The West Coast)
Plant our drought resistant Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Panned Garden For The West Coast to grow more flowers and foliage while using less water. Perfect for hot, dry, sunny gardens, this eye-catching combination of long-blooming perennials will light up the landscape with bright, clear colors. Easy-care plants feature inedible foliage that will keep rabbits and deer away. Garden of 18 plants covers 75 to 100 sq ft.
The August Afternoons Pre-Planned Garden brings together a wonderful assortment of our favorite perennials and ornamental grasses to keep things colorful through late summer and well into fall. Blooming in shades of blue, pink, and ivory, this gardens expertly blends color, texture, and fragrance for a waterwise garden. Hummingbirds and butterflies will be drawn to the beautiful nectar-rich plants. Garden of 17 plants covers 50 sq ft.
The flowers in the Summer Dreams Pre-Planned Garden are favorites of butterflies, honeybees, and gardeners alike. Designed with low-maintenance perennials, you can enjoy your garden’s fragrance and bright colors blooming from mid-summer to early fall. Watch pollinators dance from flower to flower in the summer sunlight. Garden of 11 plants covers 30 sq ft.