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. Classic Container Bulb Collection

    The Classic Container Collection is a gorgeous collection of fall-planted bulbs that combine beautifully, with pink, yellow and blue blooms in mid-spring. The collection includes 39 ...

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    Classic Container Collection Classic Container Collection
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    Per Collection of 39
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    The Classic Container Collection is a gorgeous collection of fall-planted bulbs that combine beautifully, with pink, yellow and blue blooms in mid-spring. The collection includes 39 bulbs total, a mix of Fortissimo Daffodils, Rosy Delight Tulips, Easter Joy Hyacinth Mix and Dark Eyes Grape Hyacinth (Muscari). Plant them densely together and they’ll look spectacular when they bloom. Zones 4-7.
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  2. Welcoming Walkway Bulb Collection

    Welcoming Walkway Collection will greet you in mid-spring with a mix of yellow Dutch Master Daffodils, blue-blooming Grape Hyacinth (Muscari) bulbs, and the rosy-purple Blue Moon Tri...

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    Welcoming Walkway Bulb Collection Welcoming Walkway Bulb Collection
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    Per Collection of 164
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    Welcoming Walkway Collection will greet you in mid-spring with a mix of yellow Dutch Master Daffodils, blue-blooming Grape Hyacinth (Muscari) bulbs, and the rosy-purple Blue Moon Triumph Tulip. This collection of 164 bulbs is designed for easy, mass planting for a big visual impact--it’s sure to turn heads! Hardy in zones 4-9. Flower heights will vary from 6-20” tall.
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  3. Years Of Blooms Bulb Collection

    Plant the Years Of Blooms Bulb Collection in fall and then enjoy spring blooms year after year--maybe even for decades! The bulbs in this collection naturalize (multiply and spread),...

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    Years Of Blooms Collection Years Of Blooms Collection
    Regular Price $96.99 Sale $87.29
    Per Collection of 216
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    Plant the Years Of Blooms Bulb Collection in fall and then enjoy spring blooms year after year--maybe even for decades! The bulbs in this collection naturalize (multiply and spread), and are reliably hardy. The combination includes a mix of Blue Grape Hyacinth (Muscari), purple Ruby Giant Crocus, apricot Bronze Charm Tulips; pink Lilac Wonder Wildflower Tulips and blue Siberian Squill. Easy-to-grow, this collection (216 bulbs in total) will bloom from early to late spring.
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