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Hello, August!  This weekend, we’ll officially be halfway through summer, which means (as gardeners) it’s time to start thinking about and planning for fall. Last week, we shared tips on how to get your garden through the dog days of summer, so this week let’s make sure our gardens are ready to kick off fall with a bang!

Fall Flowers Collage

Spring isn’t the only time to fill your beds, borders, and containers with flowers. Add color, texture, and cheer to your late summer and fall garden with these 20 blooming annuals and perennials. Plus, get tips on how to get the most out of your fall flowers. 


Oranges poppies in garden

Most (hopefully, all) of us have a garden full of plants that are pleasing to look at, as well as some plants that smell or taste wonderful. But have you taken the time to also incorporate plants or items that engage your sense of touch or that are pleasant to listen to? Learn how to create a fully immersive garden experience by getting all of your senses involved. 

Fall Vegetables, beets, carrots, pumpkin

Speaking of growing things that taste wonderful, have you started planning or planting your fall vegetables yet? Believe it or not, it’s time! Northern zones need to act soon and get seeds or young plants in the ground in order to harvest before the first frost. Southern zones have a little more leeway. Check out 15 of our fall veggie garden favorites to get you started!

Not sure of your average first frost date?  Find out here.


Culp's garden
A Journey Through Your Garden: Meadows & More
with David Culp
Thursday, August 18 @ 6PM EST*

Registration is now open for the next session with David Culp, when David and Jim will be discussing meadow gardens, editing your garden, views from inside, and hell strips. Get more information and register now! Don’t miss the fun! Photo by Rob Cardillo. 

*Not able to join us live? All who are registered will receive access to the recorded webinar.

Kniphofia with yarrow

Do you pick out pretty plants at the garden center only to find out later that they’re not a good match? Not only do plants need to look good together, but if they’re planted in the same container or even near each other in a bed or border, they’ll also need to have the same sun/shade and water requirements. Check out these 10 perfectly paired combinations to try. 



“Tiny” and “multiply rapidly”—two qualities that can lead to a serious infestation quickly. Learn how to identify and control thrips, both in your garden and on indoor plants.


Delaware Botanic Garden

Gardens of the Brandywine & Delaware Valleys:
The Best of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Hosts: Karen & Andy Chapman
September 18-25, 2022

Tour some of the most beautiful gardens in the United States with Karen and Andy Chapman. This 7-day tour begins at Bartram’s Garden and House in Philadelphia, the oldest botanical garden in America, and ends at the legendary Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Get the details about each day of the tour and registration information here. (Pictured: Delaware Botanic Garden, day 5 of the itinerary. Photo by: Ray Bojarski)