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Fall Planting Guide

It's been hot as Hades all across the country this summer, so it is difficult for us to get excited about doing much in the garden right now. But September is just around the corner, and with the first signs of cooler mornings and the leaves changing, we'll be rejuvenated to get back out into the garden for the best planting time of the year. You see, fall is absolutely the best time to plant many of our garden favorites. It is the ideal time to plant shrubs, iris, peonies, daylilies, hosta, and of course, all of the spring-flowering bulbs. All of these plants begin to establish roots under the ground as the temperatures cool and foliage dies back above ground. Fall rains and lower temperatures mean these new plants are less likely to experience the stress of heat and drought. Best of all, planting in the fall greatly improves your chances of getting nice flowers from your plants next spring and summer. This is the time of the year to 'invest in the future'. Sure, you don't see the 'fruits of your labors' until next year, but you have something to look forward to all winter long!

We've put together this fall planting guide to give everyone some new ideas and show you how easy it is to accomplish a great deal in the garden this fall…setting the stage for a spectacular garden show next year!

Spring-Flowering Bulbs

Nothing gets us quite as excited as finding great new plants for our garden. We are thrilled to be offering an entirely new selection of daffodils and tulips this fall. We think these new bulbs are some of the loveliest and best performing varieties we've ever come across. You won't find these varieties in your local garden center or in the largest mail-order catalogs. These are truly new and special offerings!

Daffodils (Narcissus)

You can plant daffodils anytime from just before first frost until the ground starts to freeze solid. In most areas of the country, this is from mid-September through early December. Plant bulbs in deep, fertile, well-drained soil in full sun to light shade. Plant 6" apart and 8" deep in groups of 5, 7, 9 or more. Consider planting them under deciduous trees that will not leaf out until after the Narcissus have bloomed. Water during their growth period. After flowers bloom, let the foliage die back naturally. Once the foliage fades, cut it back. Narcissus can be left undisturbed to naturalize for years. To transplant Narcissus, dig and divide the bulbs after the foliage has turned brown and replant at once. If you cannot plant bulbs immediately after you receive your shipment, store in a cool, airy place. Hardy in Zones 3-8.

Our favorites are the Large Cup and Trumpet daffodils. These daffodils are widely known and very popular. Their trumpet or cup is as large or larger than the petals. Tall, early blooming, with thick strong stems, they are virtually weatherproof, and provide an extended spring display. Here are a few of our new offerings:

Daffodil 'Spring Pride' (Large Cup)
Fringed in apricot with a yellow throat and brilliant white outer petals. The large apricot cup is lovely set against the white petals.

Daffodil 'Stainless' (Large Cup)
Perfection has been achieved in this pure white daffodil with flat large cup; when the sunlight is behind this flower, you can see a lovely green eye; 16"-18"; late. An excellent garden performer. Long lasting flowers with good increase from one year to the next. Very special!

Daffodil 'Avalon' (Large Cup)
This recently hybridized Narcissus is one of the best performing yellow-white Daffodils. Large Cupped Daffodil of brilliant yellow petals with creamy cup maturing to pure white. Lots of substance and perfect form assures this flower of being a blue ribbon winner; it's a strong, long lasting flower as the yellow petals take on a buffy hue with time and the cup turns pure white as it matures; 14"-16"; late-midseason.

Daffodil 'Kissproof' (Large Cup)
Buff colored petals, its flat cup is brick red; a strong growing perennial bulb; and unusually beautiful; 16"-20"; late-midseason. Flowers abundantly.

Daffodil 'Suade' (Trumpet)
Golden yellow petals with a large yellow cup, delicately ruffled with bright orange. Very dramatic trumpet daffodil. Larger and more striking than Daffodil 'Dutch Master', but with the same tall, strong stems and reliable increase from spring to spring. 14"-16" tall.

Daffodil 'Chiloquin' (Trumpet)
A beautiful miniature Trumpet Daffodil with outer petals of sunshine yellow with white towards the center and pure white trumpets. Coupled with the traditional soft daffodil fragrance, this new variety will add a dramatic touch to your spring garden and bouquets. 15" tall.

Double and Split Corona daffodils add another level of elegance and diversity to your spring garden. These daffodils are not nearly as common as the Large Cup and Trumpets, but are excellent garden performers worthy of being planted far more frequently. If you don't currently grow one or more of these beauties, this is the year to take the plunge! We have the most elegant and exciting of the new Doubles and Splits. Here are a few of our offerings:

Daffodil 'Pink Paradise' (Double)
Lovely, pure white and rose pink, single flowered double. 'Pink Paradise' is a winner on the show bench and a durable garden flower; 16"-18"; midseason.

Daffodil 'Tamar Fire' (Double)
If you are only going to try one new daffodil this year, Tamar Fire must be the one! A wonderful new color combination for a Double Daffodil. Golden yellow double row of petals have burnt orange centers. Very striking in the garden and in early spring bouquets. They also have a delightful fragrance. 15" tall.

Daffodil 'Rosy Cloud' (Double)
Pure white perianth with frilled double apricot pink cup. Tall, early blooming with thick strong stems. Will increase and return year after year. 19" tall.

Daffodil 'Palmares' (Split Corona)
A clear white perianth with a medium sized very ruffled peachy pink split corona; late midseason; 14"-16" tall. Also known as a Butterfly Daffodil for its unique shape.

Daffodil 'Tripartite' (Split Corona)
This gorgeous new introduction produces 2-3 flowers per stem just like the Jonquilla Narcissus. Split cupped daffodil with clusters of honey yellow flowers. Soft scent. Extremely vigorous flower producer. We're very excited about this new daffodil. 14" tall.

Smaller, petite daffodils are a wonderful addition to the spring garden and ideal companions to taller daffodils or where space is limited. They are perfect for rock gardens, the front of borders, terraced beds, window boxes and for naturalizing. The Narcissus divisions most noted for shorter, smaller blooms are Cyclamineus, Triandrus, and Jonquilla. While smaller, they are also highly desired for producing multiple flowers per stem and multiple stems per bulb. We have sought out the most vigorous and dependable of the new varieties:

Daffodil 'Baby Moon' (Jonquilla)
A golden yellow, multiflowered (3 flowers per stem) clone of species N. jonquilla, with grasslike foliage and nickel to quarter sized, sweetly scented flowers; variable in height; late-midseason; 4"-10".

Daffodil 'New Baby' (Jonquilla)
A bicolored N. 'Baby Moon' with similar, easy growing habits and sweet fragrance; very late. Greenish white outer petals, dark yellow bowl shaped corona. 10" tall with multiple flowers per stem.

Daffodil 'Dickcissel' (Jonquilla)
Lemon yellow perianth. Cups yellow and turn white. Wonderfully fragrant. 1-3 flowers per stem. 10-12" tall.

Daffodil 'Golden Bells' (Jonquilla)
Commonly known as the "Yellow Hoop Petticoat". As many as 15 stems per bulb! A group of 5 or 10 bulbs forms a carpet of dainty, upward facing, bright golden bells. Grass like, dark green foliage. Tolerates warm spring climates and is very hardy.

Daffodil 'Reggae' (Cyclamineus)
Delightful pink and white bicolor from Ireland. Only 10" tall.

Daffodil 'Tresamble' (Triandrus)
2-3 ivory white flowers per stem form a triangle on 10-12" stems. Lovely fragrance and free-flowering habit make this an excellent addition to your White Garden.

For a special effect, try some of these great daffodil combinations. Plant 'Tresamble' in front of 'Stainless' in your White Garden. Both are absolutely sparkling white, and 'Tresamble' provides a carpet of slightly smaller flowers on slightly shorter stems. Try alternating groups of five 'Rosy Cloud' and 'Stainless', 'Spring Pride' and 'Stainless', and 'Pink Paradise' and 'Stainless'. The three different varieties of pink and white daffodils interspersed with the pure white 'Stainless' will yield a very soft, pleasing effect. Intermix 'Suade' with 'Baby Moon', or 'Avalon' with 'New Baby' for an extra bright and cheerful spring statement. For the ultimate in elegant combinations, alternate groups of five 'Palmares' and 'Stainless'. And if it is heat you want to melt away the late winter snows, plant groups of the double 'Tamar Fire' with the equally tall, strong, and hot 'Suade'!

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Tulips (Tulipa)

Plant tulips in late fall in humus-rich, sandy, well-drained soil. Grow them where they will get at least 5-6 hours of sun a day; full sun is preferable. Dig the soil to a depth of 8-12" and work in Bulb Booster or other bulb food. Set the bulbs 4-8" deep and 4-8" apart, depending on size and variety. After the ground has frozen in winter, mulch with straw or hay. After flowering, remove the head of the tulip but allow the stem and foliage to die back naturally. Tulips perform best their first year; many gardeners treat them as annuals, discarding the plants after they finish blooming. Extensive testing in recent years has proven that if a slow-release fertilizer such as Bulb Booster is applied, you can expect more than one year of flowers out of most varieties of tulips. Many early-flowering species, as well as Darwin Hybrid Tulips, come back year after year with no effort. In Zones 8-10, refrigerate the bulbs for about 8 weeks at 40-45 degrees. In the garden plant the bulbs after Nov. 1 6-8" deep in a lightly shady area to keep the bulbs as cool as possible. Dig and discard the tulips after they bloom. Tulips are often planted in rows, but the result is a formal look, much like soldiers lined up in ranks. For a more informal look, plant them in groups of 5-11 or more in natural swathes. The best advice we can give is "plant bouquets". Plant several different varieties of tulips throughout the garden to extend the blooming time. Hardy in Zones 3-7.

Darwin hybrids are the best perennial tulips and the most weather resistant. We recommend fertilizing twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Here are a few of our new Darwin Hybrids:

Tulip 'Golden Oxford'
A great perennial tulip. Pure, bright golden yellow with an occasional tiny red edge or inside yellow with black anthers and a black star shaped base.

Tulip 'Orange Queen'
A sport of T. 'Apeldoorn', this variable beauty features sunset orange petals with a tawny yellow flame; a warm, glowing flower appropriate for many locations in you mid spring border; 18"-22" tall.

Tulip 'Oxford'
One of the most brilliant reds you'll ever see in a garden. 22" tall.

Tulip 'Maria's Dream'
Hugh ivory white flowers. 24" tall.

With their strong stems, large flowers and medium heights, Triumph Tulips are excellent to force for early blooming and are superb in beds or borders. Their flowering time is in between tall Darwin tulips and short Early tulips, blooming late April to early May. The first varieties in 1900 paved the way to make them the largest and most important group of all tulips. Here are a few of our new Triumph Tulips:

Tulip 'Red Lips'
Ruby red and white petals with an ivory white base. 24" tall. Makes a great combination with Tulip 'Maria's Dream'.

Tulip 'Calgary'
Very short, but with large, pure, snow white flowers; great for forcing and pot culture as well as for fronts of borders; 8"-10" tall.

Tulip 'Sweety'
Creamy yellow feathered with soft rose pink. 20" tall. Plant with Tulip 'Don Quichotte' for a lovely combination.

Single Late Tulips are the classic aristocrats of the garden. These tall tulips are a combination of the old Cottage and Darwin varieties. They are probably the most widely known and popular of all tulips grown today. With their broad range of bright colors and long stems, they are ideal for beds and borders as well as cutting. Here are a few of our new favorites:

Tulip 'Violet Beauty'
One of our favorite color effects in the spring garden: amethyst petals with an ivory base. 18" tall. Elegant planted in front of Tulip 'Maria's Dream' or with Tulip ' Douglas Baader'.

Tulip 'Hofstra University'
Pure white; tall and elegant. 26" tall. Excellent with Tulip 'Black Diamond' or Tulip 'Burgundy'.

Tulip 'Black Diamond'
Tall and elegant; a rich mahoghany to black makes an incredible statement with another tall Single Late, Tulip 'Hofstra University'. 27" tall.

Tulip 'Douglas Baader'
Exquisite pastel blooms; soft, 'baby girl' pink with an even softer color on the petal's edges; inside china rose with ivory base; terrific contrast with T. 'Violet Beauty'. 18" tall.

Lily and peony flowering tulips will provide striking accents in your garden. Growing from 12"-22" tall, these late flowering tulips are not widely grown and deserve much more note by gardeners. They are especially nice for long-lasting bouquets. Here are a couple of our new offerings:

Tulip 'Synaeda King'
Bold coloring makes this elegant Lily Flowering Tulip stand out in the late April to early May garden. Red petals with wide edging of canary yellow create drama in your garden. Excellent for cutting as well. 19" tall. Plant with Tulip 'Golden Oxford' for a 'knock your socks off' effect.

Tulip 'Burgundy'
Deep purplish violet, almost burgundy. The elegant lily flower shape is wonderful when mixed with Single Late tulips like 'Hofstra University' and 'Douglas Baader'. 20" tall.

Tulip 'Macarena'
Creamy butter and sugar colors with flecks of red. Carefully selected for its unique color and flower shape, this outstanding Lily tulip will provide a striking accent in your garden. Growing 22" tall, this is one of our favorites.

Tulip 'Blue Spectacle'
Deep reddish purple, sport of Scotch Lassie. This royal looking specimen will add a richness uncommon in the spring garden. 20" tall.

Tulip 'Black Hero'
Velvety midnight black. This outstanding Peony tulip will provide a striking accent in your garden. Growing from 18"-22" tall.

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Lilies

Plant lilies as soon as they arrive. Take care not to break off any stalks or growth that may be on the bulb. Choose a sunny spot, with light, porous, sandy soil enriched with compost. The ideal site is one where the plants get full sun at the tops and are shaded at the soil level to keep the ground moist. Plant 6-8" deep and 6" apart in clumps of 3 or more bulbs. In the spring, fertilize the bulbs monthly until the plants finish blooming. After flowering, remove only the blooms, NOT the stems or leaves. Allow the foliage to die back naturally. The stalk can be cut back carefully when the foliage has died back completely. Hardy in Zones 3-8.

Oriental Lilies are one of the most beautiful of all lilies and their fragrance permeates the garden air. These are the lilies that florists favor for summer bouquets and bridal centerpieces. Blooming later in the season than most other lilies, these exotic beauties are truly spectacular in color and flower size. To choose a favorite is almost impossible - each seems to surpass the others in beauty. Most bloom late July into early August. Here are a few of our new offerings:

Lilium 'Hot Lips'
White with dark pink stripes and spots. Very bright and showy. 35" tall.

Lilium 'Le Reve'
As the name suggests, this one is a dream. Even though it is born and bred in the USA, Monet would surely have had it in his garden. Soft pure pink. Strong and tall, up to 4 feet.

Lilium 'Arena' (Hybrid Oriental)
Huge white flowers with yellow markings flowing to deep red. 36" tall.

Lilium 'Mediterranee' (Hybrid Oriental)
Lovely rose oriental with upward facing blooms. 40" tall.

Lilium 'Starfighter' (Hybrid Oriental)
Bold, brassy red with white border, with outward facing blooms. 40" tall.

Don't miss our selection of Hybrid Asiatic Lilies, Trumpet Lilies (L. aurelian), Hybrid Tiger Lilies (L. tigrinum) and our wonderful species lilies (L. tenuifolium and L. citronella).

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Peonies

Fall is the absolute best time to plant peonies. This allows the plants to make the most of cooler days with increased moisture to adapt to their new surroundings and add to root structure. Plant in deep, well-drained soil enriched with plenty of well-rotted manure or compost in full sun. In warmest areas, shade the plants from intense summer sun. Thrives in areas with long cold winters and mild summers. Space 24-36" apart. Plant the fleshy roots so that the eyes are no more than 1-2" deep. Support plants and their heavy blooms with hoop-type stake. You may notice ants on the flower buds - it is a symbiotic relationship and does not hurt the plant. Water deeply in periods of drought. Grows 18-42" tall. Flowers late spring to early summer. Hardy in Zones 3-9. We often are asked which peonies do best in warmer climates. The answer is the early blooming varieties including 'Coral Charm', 'Coral Sunset', 'Eliza Lundy', 'Kansas', and 'Paula Fay'. We also offer several American Peony Society (APS) Gold Medal winners. These are the proven performers that all gardeners should consider first for their gardens. We highly recommend:

Peony 'Coral Charm'
This peony is a glowing coral to peach semi-double. Very floriferous, the large blooms cover a tall, wide, vigorous bush. Many flowers, great for cutting. Hybrid. APS Gold Medal Winner in 1964.

Peony 'Kansas'
Rich watermelon red double. These large blossoms hold their vibrant color throughout bloom season. Very strong stems never need staking. Won American Peony Society Gold Medal in 1957.

Peony 'Paula Fay'
A vivid pink semi-double hybrid with five rows of petals. Always vigorous and dependable, it is excellent for any purpose including commercial cut flowers. APS Gold Medal Winner 1988.

Peony 'Red Charm'
A very large, waxy dark red double of hybrid origin. Each flower develops into a high rounded bomb. Long the standard for red doubles, it is a must for every gardener who likes red. APS Gold Medal in 1956.

Peony 'Sea Shell'
APS Gold Medal Winner in 1990. A long-blooming strong-growing plant, it produces an abundance of large, fragrant flowers of a soft, warm, satiny pink. Excellent for exhibition or general garden use, this standard single pink lactiflora is hard to beat! A few blooms in a vase with Baby's Breath make a wonderful arrangement.

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Clematis

After your clematis arrives, be sure to water it immediately. The soil will have dried out during shipping. It is normal for excess water to pour out of the bottom of the container. Keep your clematis in a shaded, cool place, and water daily until you are ready to plant. Dig a hole one and a half times as deep as the container and twice as wide. Add some compost or composted cow manure (available at most garden centers) to the planting hole and work it into the soil that you are going to use to re-fill the hole. It is very important to make sure there are no air pockets or spaces in the soil after you have filled in the hole around the plant. Watering well will eliminate air pockets and settle the soil. The most important requirement for successful clematis is well-drained, humus-rich, permanently cool soil with good moisture retention. Clematis like to have their roots in the shade and their branches and leaves in the sun. Planting near short plants that will shade the ground where the clematis is planted, but not block the sun where the clematis is trying to climb works well. Add compost or cow manure to the soil every spring.

We are excited to be offering many new varieties as well as several of the best older varieties:

Clematis 'Asao'
4-5" deep rosy-pink flower with white center bar on each petal. Very free flowering in spring with attractive seed heads. An outstanding Clematis from Japan.

Clematis 'Elsa Spath'
A beautiful clematis for your garden. Large 6-8" rich lavander blue flowers with reddish purple stamens.

Clematis 'Jackmanii'
Deep purple flowers, 5-6". Grows to a height of 8-12 feet. Requires hard pruning.

Clematis 'Pink Champagne'
5" deep rosy-pink, very free flowering, compact plant. Also known as Kakio, from Japan. Blooms May, June, August and September. It is a real eye catcher.

Clematis 'Warsaw Nike'
A rich velvet purple variety which produces 5" wide open flowers in late May thru September. Warsaw Nike grows to a height of approximately 8-10 feet. Introduced in 1996.

Clematis 'Ernest Markham'
Save 25% on our best selling clematis during our End of Summer Sale! 4-6" petunia red flowers. Grows to a height of 12-16 feet. Requires hard pruning. Only $12.95…regularly $16.95.

Clematis 'Red Cardinal'
Save 25% on this striking clematis during our End of Summer Sale! 4-6" glowing crimson flowers with blunt tipped recurving sepals. Requires hard pruning. Only $12.95...regularly $16.95.

Clematis terniflora (paniculata)
Known as Sweet Autumn Clematis, this sweetly scented plant has 1/2" to 1" creamy white blooms. Grows to a height of 10-20 feet…in one year! Requires hard pruning. Save 25%…only $12.95...regularly $16.95.

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Hosta

After your hosta plants arrive, keep them in a shaded, cool place until you are ready to plant them. Plant as soon as possible to help your plants begin recovering from the trauma of transplanting. Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and one-and-a-half times as wide. Add some compost or composted cow manure (available at most garden centers) to the planting hole and work it into the soil that you are going to use to re-fill the hole. Place the hosta into the hole with the crown at soil level and add soil as needed. Do not bury the crown. Watering well will eliminate air pockets and settle the soil. It's not necessary to fertilize at planting time. Don't apply excessive amounts of nitrogen fertilizer. High nitrogen applications result in soft foliage which readily wilts and is subject to foliar diseases. Leave at least 24"-30" between plants. In most climates, hostas grow best in shade, although some cultivars such as 'Sun Power', 'Geisha', 'Shade Fanfare' and 'Invincible' will tolerate partial sun. Avoid planting hostas in a poorly drained location. Root and crown rot are prevalent in hostas planted in such sites.

Some gardeners have problems with slugs and snails. H. 'Blue Moon', H. 'Frances Williams', H. 'Krossa Regal', H. 'June', and H. sieboldiana 'Elegans' have such thick, heavy texture leaves as to be almost slug proof.

You've probably noticed that we are quite taken by award winning plants. With hosta it is no different, as we highly recommend the following varieties which have been selected as Hosta of the Year award winners by the American Hosta Growers' Association. This award is given annually for the variety that has proven itself to be an excellent garden performer as well as a distinctive garden specimen.

H. 'June'
One of the best! Voted Hosta of the Year for 2001 by the American Hosta Growers Association. The leaves are a rich, powdery gold with a narrow blue edge. The light center will bleach to creamy-white in bright light but stay yellow-gold in deep shade. Great substance and beauty. Grows 30 wide, and 12 inches high. The heart shaped leaves are 6 inches long, by 4 inches wide. Lavender flowers appear on 20" scapes in August.

H. 'Sagae'
Voted 'Hosta of the Year' for 2000 by the American Hosta Growers Association. This unique hosta will become your favorite. There is simply nothing else like it! Leaves emerge bright green margined in deep golden yellow then turn frosty blue with creamy-yellow margins. Heavy substance. Grows 30 inches high, and nearly 70 inches wide. The leaves are 13 inches long, by 10 inches wide. They are slightly cupped with an undulating margin. The plant has an interesting upright vase shape. Pale lavender flowers midsummer.

H. 'Paul's Glory'
Beautiful yellow centered sieboldiana. Voted Hosta of the Year for 1999 by the American Hosta Growers Association. The heart shaped leaves have a blue margin and are nicely puckered when mature. Grows 17" high and 26" wide. Leaves are 7" long by 5" wide. They emerge a golden yellow, then later in the season, turn a parchment white with an irregular blue-green margin. Lavender flowers arise in midsummer on 24" scapes.

H. 'Fragrant Bouquet'
Voted Hosta of the Year for 1998 by the American Hosta Growers Association. Heart-shaped leaves 8" long by 6" wide, that emerge a golden yellow, then turn apple-green with an irregular cream margin. The crowning glory of this Hosta is that in August the plant is topped with 3" long fragrant near white flowers on scapes that rise to 36". Can take considerable sun and is slug resistant.

H. 'Patriot'
Dark forest green centers with extremely wide pure white margins. Grows 23" high by 50" wide. Leaves are 8 ˝" long by 6" wide with a wide, creamy white margin. Lavender flowers appear in July on 30" scapes. Voted 1997 Hosta of the Year by the American Hosta Growers Association.

H. 'So Sweet'
Glossy green leaves with wide white margins. Large,very fragrant white flowers with pale lavender tips late summer. Grows 22" high by 50" wide. Leaves are 9" long and 7" wide. Large numbers of fragrant near white flowers open on 35" scapes in August. Voted 1996 Hosta of the Year by the American Hosta Growers Association.

Also, don't miss H. 'Great Expectations', H. 'Innswood', and H. 'Gold Standard'. Highly recommended.

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Daylilies

Last, but by no means, least, fall is a super time to plant your new daylilies. Daylilies planted in the fall will almost assuredly increase in size and put on a true-to-form display the next summer. Daylilies planted in the spring often are confused as to the time and their blooms aren't quite as spectacular or as prolific. Having said that, after your daylilies arrive, keep them in a shaded, cool, dry place until you are ready to plant them. They can survive for several days in a cool place, but will recover much sooner if planted immediately. When you are ready to plant, put the daylilies in a bucket of water for at least an hour to help them rehydrate. They can stay there while you prepare the soil.

Dig a hole 8"-12" deep and 18" wide. Add some compost or composted cow manure (available at most garden centers) to the planting hole and work it into the soil that you are going to use to re-fill the hole. When you plant your daylily, make a cone of dirt in the bottom of the hole. Spread the roots out over the cone, and back fill with that compost/soil mix. Make sure that the crown (where the roots join the top) is just at the soil surface. Tamp the soil down all around the plant. It is very important to make sure there are no air pockets or spaces in the soil. Watering well will eliminate air pockets and settle the soil. It's not necessary to fertilize at planting time, wait until you see new growth appear. Keep the plants well watered for the first couple of weeks until you see that new growth starting. Leave at least 24"-30" between plants.

Let us leave you with one last idea for a special garden effect: plant purple daylilies intermixed with the best golds. Here are a few recommendations:

The Best Purple Daylilies

ALWAYS AFTERNOON
Truly a great performing garden plant. This daylily won the 1997 Stout Silver Medal - the MVP award for the world of daylilies. It is a vigorous grower, features healthy dark green foliage, and reliable blooms that stand up to the heat and the sun throughout the day into evening. For a flower that is not pink or yellow this is a major accomplishment. This semi-evergreen tetraploid is an excellent performer through out the country. It is an early season star with 5.5" mauve blooms with a purple eye held on 22" scapes.

BLUE PURPLE
You gotta have this stunning flower in your garden. This dormant diploid features large 6.5" purple blooms with a hint of blue and a green throat held on 22" scapes.

COURT MAGICIAN
Voted the Award of Merit in 1994, this evergreen tetraploid features 5" purple blooms with a chalky eye held on 26" scapes.

GRAPE VELVET
The name says it...so velvety...you'll run to the garden each day to see these enchanting blooms. This dormant diploid features 4.5" purple flowers on 24" scapes.

SILOAM PLUM TREE
An excellent performer with rich, deep color. You'll rave about this one! This dormant diploid features long lasting 4" purple flowers on 24" scapes.

STRUTTER'S BALL
Still one of the best purples ever. Known for its northern hardiness. Voted an AHS Award of Merit in 1992. This dormant tetraploid features long lasting 6" purple flowers with a white watermark on 28" scapes.

SUPER PURPLE
Voted an AHS Award of Merit in 1989. This semi-evergreen diploid features long lasting fragrant 5.63" purple flowers on 27" scapes.

The Best Gold Daylilies

ALL AMERICAN HUCKSTER
Curt Hanson gave the daylily world this beautiful gold semi-evergreen tetraploid. Especially hardy for northern climates, this plant features 6" blooms held high on 36" scapes. An excellent performer that collectors would not be without. Stunning!

ARUBA
An exotic name and an exotic flower to go with it. This dormant diploid features long lasting 4.5" blooms with a dramatic green throat held on 25" scapes. Noted for its hardiness, this is a great plant for northern gardens.

BEAUTY TO BEHOLD
Voted the Award of Merit in 1985, this beauty has stood the test of time and remains very popular today. This semi-evergreen diploid features 5.5" flowers that open before dawn and are held on 24" scapes.

BILL NORRIS
Possibly the most beautiful gold daylily comes from one of the leading hybridizers today, David Kirchhoff. This semi-evergreen tetraploid features pure gold 5" blooms with a green throat held high on 29" scapes. It brings a slight fragrance and a strong constitution to insure it still looks great into the evening.

CALIFORNIA SUNSHINE
A golden yellow flower, 6.5" wide, held high on 33" scapes, CS can be seen from anywhere in your garden. This semi-evergreen tetraploid is a strong performer and attracts a lot of attention.

CAMDEN GOLD DOLLAR
Heavy bloomer and proven rebloom. Voted the Award of Merit in 1989. This yellow semi-evergreen diploid produces 3" blooms on 19" scapes.

CONDILLA
Voted the Award of Merit in 1985, the Ida Munson Award for best double in 1984 and the Lenington All-American Award for consistent performers all across the country in 1991. This dormant diploid features 4.5" gold/orange blooms held on 20" scapes.

GOLDEN SCROLL
Voted an AHS Award of Merit in 1988 and the L. Ernest Plouf Award for most consistently fragrant dormant daylily in 1989. This dormant diploid features 5.5" melon flowers on 19" scapes early in the season.

JERUSALEM
A vibrant gold on an excellent performing plant. Flowers are a heavy substance. Dormant tetraploid features long lasting 5" gold flowers on 28" scapes.

Shrubs

Fall is a great time to plant new shrubs for your garden. Our 'Buy 3 - Get 4' special offer makes it even better. Order three of any shrub listed below and we'll send you a fourth plant as a bonus. This is a great offer for anyone looking to do some serious landscaping...or maybe you're just adding a new border. Our shrubs are shipped in large, one gallon containers. These are exciting new varieties you won't find anywhere else!

Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea Nana' **BEST SELLER
Berberis thunbergii 'Crimson Pygmy'
Berberis thunbergii 'Sparkle'
Buddleia 'Pink Delight'
Buxus 'Green Velvet'
Chaenomeles 'Toyo-Nishiki'
Clethra 'Ruby Spice' **BEST SELLER
Cornus 'Silver and Gold'
Cotoneaster 'Hessei'
Deutzia 'Carminea'
Deutzia 'Nikko'
Diervilla 'Summer Stars(tm)'
Euonymus 'Blondy' (PP 10,424) **BEST SELLER
Euonymus 'Chicago Fire'
Euonymus 'Compacta'
Euonymus 'Emerald n' Gold'
Forsythia 'Fiesta'
Forsythia 'Gold Tide' **BEST SELLER
Hibiscus 'Lavender Chiffon'
Hibiscus 'White Chiffon'
Hydrangea 'Blue Bird'
Hydrangea 'Dooley'
Hydrangea 'Forever Pink'
Hydrangea 'Kyushu'
Hydrangea 'Lilacina'
Hydrangea 'White Moth'
Hypericum 'Gemo'
Itea 'Little Henry' (PP 10,988)
Prunus x cistena
Spiraea 'Flaming Mound'
Spiraea japonica 'Little Princess'
Spiraea japonica 'Shirobana'
Symphoricarpos 'Magic Berry'
Wiegela WINE & ROSES(R) PP# 10,772 **BEST SELLER

Orders will begin shipping in September through the middle of November.

There you have it - our Fall Planting Guide for 2001. We hope that you found something here that tickled your fancy. Remember, now is the time we gardeners invest for next season's enjoyment! We hope you have a wonderful fall season in your garden.

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