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Fall Garden Maintenance Checklist


Fall is a great¬†time to get out in the garden and not only plant new varieties, but also clean up and maintain your existing garden to ensure healthy growth next season. We’re here to help with a fall gardening maintenance checklist.

  • 1. Cut back perennials. Once your perennials have died back (turned brown), cut back any dead growth to give the plants a fresh start for the spring.


  • 2. Dig up cold-sensitive bulbs. If you grew Dahlias, Gladiolus and other frost-sensitive bulbs, dig these up in the fall and store them in a paper bag in a cool, dry place to plant next season.


  • 3. Protect¬†sensitive¬†plants.¬†If you have cold-sensitive plants in the garden bed, protect them with a layer of mulch or natural cloth. If you have cold-sensitive plants in containers, bring them indoors to enjoy during the winter months.



  • 5. Divide perennials that have started to take over. Perennials such as Daylilies and Bearded Iris can be divided in the fall and either moved, or given away to lucky gardening friends! Learn more in our guide.



  • 6. Plant spring-blooming bulbs. These low-maintenance beauties provide gorgeous blooms in the early spring, often before your perennials have come up. Learn how to plant bulbs in our guide.


  • 7. Force bulbs indoors for winter color. Chill bulbs indoors and plant indoors for early blooms. Learn how in our guide.

September 16, 2015 ¬∑ Amanda Shepard ¬∑ Comments Closed
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Summer 2015 Photo Contest Winners

We received hundreds of entries to our Summer Photo contest and, like always, it was so hard to choose from your amazing photos! We love becoming spectators in each of your gardens and appreciate you taking the time to submit your photos. Below you’ll find our winning photos and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Grand Prize Winner РGolf Course Wildflower Mix, Submitted by Gretchen B.

Golf Course Wildflower Mix - Gretchen Brandstetter - Grand Prize

Winner РRed Poppies, Submitted by Zylia Z.

Papaver Poppy - Zylia Joy3

Winner РWildflowers, Submitted by Marjory G.

Wildflowers - Marjory Gregory(3)

Winner РTulips, Submitted by Christine M.

September 10, 2015 ¬∑ Amanda Shepard ¬∑ Comments Closed
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A Low Maintenance, Low Mow Backyard Makeover

Ethan, one of the owners of American Meadows, recently re-designed his backyard to better support his busy family. They wanted to choose grass varieties that required less mowing and that could handle foot traffic with their children and dog playing. 

Prepping the property:

Old Redstone rock from the house’s foundation has been repurposed into a wall for a flower bed to support butterflies, hummingbirds and bees.


The Soil:

The soil was sandy and dry, so they had amend with topsoil and compost. The soil hardened up after a lot of traffic, so it required rototilling to loosen it up.




Sunlight: This lawn gets part sun and shade, with shade being more prevalent throughout the day.


Bella Blue Grass Plugs – Blue Grass Bellow is a fantastic turf grass that requires one third less water than traditional blue grass, staying green from early spring until late fall. It also doesn‚Äôt require any mowing, growing to only 2-3‚ÄĚ tall.

Dog Tuff Grass Plugs (The lime Green ones that are¬†more wild looking) – This¬†is a product from our sister company High Country Gardens.¬†‘Dog Tuff’‚ĄĘ African Dogtooth Grass is an amazing xeric lawn grass perfect for high traffic and play areas and has excellent durability in yards with dogs. Once established it is highly weed resistant, deep rooted and provides a soft, cushioned feel for bare feet.


To Plant:

Drill holes in the ground just deep enough to plant the plug. You don‚Äôt want an air pocket between the plug and the soil. The roots need to lay flush with the soil in order to grow well. Drill the holes roughly 2-3″ deep, spacing the plugs 12″ apart.

Ethan and his daughter Adia are demonstrating this nicely. 


Press the soil around the plug, but not too hard.



Spreading Corn Gluten:

This is a natural weed deterrent. We recommend spreading around the plugs directly after planting. 


Six Weeks After Growth:

The growth of the grass plugs is triple the size of the original plug. They have strong root systems and have quickly grown out to connect to other glass plugs to form a cohesive, green lawn.









Please stay tuned for the three month check-in, coming soon! Happy Gardening!

September 4, 2015 ¬∑ Amanda Shepard ¬∑ One Comment
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Ten Of Our Favorite Plant Combinations

With fall planting right around the corner, we’re planning and scheming up¬†new combinations to add to our gardens. To help you do the same, we’ve put together some of our favorite plant combinations that can be added to the garden this fall. Enjoy!

  1. Shade Garden Favorite: Astilbe, Coral Bells & Hosta


  1. Pollinator Paradise: Coneflower & Phlox


  1. Summer Blooms: Lily, Rudbeckia & Phlox


  1. Low Maintenance Color: Daylilies & Coneflower


  1. Late Season Blooms: Aster & Rudbeckia

  1. Spring Bouquet Garden: Peonies & Iris


  1. Classic Wildflower Combination: Rudbeckia & Echinacea



  1. Butterfly Buffet: Daylilies & Butterfly Weed


  1. Easy-to-Grow Wildflower Combination: Daisies & Lupine


  1. Spring Pop of Color: Purple Tulips & White Miniature Daffodils


  1. Colorful Spring Wildflowers: Red Poppies & Blue Cornflower


August 27, 2015 ¬∑ Amanda Shepard ¬∑ Comments Closed
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A Garden In Perkins Cove, Maine: Part II

Last July, I took a trip to Ogunquit, Maine, and was awestruck by the beauty of the gardens in the little seacoast town. I captured photos of one of my favorite gardens for our blog and this season, I returned for more! This year, I visited in August, which meant there were different varieties blooming against the same gorgeous background. Enjoy!


Wild Lilies.




Oriental Lily.



Daisies, Hostas & Daylilies.


Astilbe & Daylilies.


Liatris & Daylilies.


Astilbe & Daylilies.


Oriental Lily Stargazer.


Astilbe & Daylilies.






Liatris & Daylilies.

August 17, 2015 ¬∑ Amanda Shepard ¬∑ One Comment
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Get This Look: Hyacinths And Daffodils


Daffodils & Grape Hyacinths

It’s as easy as “dig, drop done”¬†in the¬†fall to create a colorful, diverse display of spring color with Daffodils and Hyacinths. These two varieties compliment each other well with bold, vibrant colors at the same time each year, multiplying as the seasons go on. Daffodils and Hyacinths are also deer resistant, offering an added protection against hungry critters in your yard! We’ve put together some of our favorite customer combinations of Daffodils and Hyacinths below for some garden inspiration. Enjoy!


As you can see, Daffodil Bulbs are larger than Grape Hyacinth bulbs and should be planted deeper.


Daffodils & Blue Hyacinths


Daffodils & Grape Hyacinths


Daffodils & Pink Hyacinths

Daffodils & Mixed Hyacinths



August 9, 2015 ¬∑ Amanda Shepard ¬∑ Comments Closed
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Best Wildflowers For Attracting Monarchs To The Garden


Who doesn’t love a visit to the garden from a colorful Monarch? These creatures not only provide amusement for the gardener, but also offer essential pollination to the garden and ecosystem. We’ve put together the best wildflower varieties for attracting (and feeding) Monarchs in the garden all season long.


Milkweed is commonly associated with Monarch butterflies and it sure is a magnet for these species! Try planting Butterfly Weed, Common Milkweed, Whorled Milkweed or Swamp Milkweed this fall for a butterfly buffet in your garden next season. Shop all varieties of Milkweed for fall planting here.

Learn all about growing Milkweed in our blog here.

Joe Pye Weed

Growing as tall as 5 or even 6 ft., Joe Pye Weed blooms with big hydrangea-like lavender blooms on the top of strong stems in the late summer into fall. Usually seen wild on the East Coast, this Monarch favorite loves sunny, wet spots in the garden.

Stiff Goldenrod

This native perennial is easy to grow and adaptable, illuminating the late season garden. The colorful, bright yellow blooms are magnets for butterflies, especially Monarchs.



Zinnia seeds are some of the easiest to grow, coming up and blooming in the first season in almost any garden. Monarchs love these colorful flowers because they bloom all season long, offering an abundance of pollen.

Sulphur Cosmos

Sulphur Cosmos are another variety that blooms all season long, giving Monarchs a known spot to come for food. These Cosmos are extremely easy to grow and come in shades of yellow and orange.


Sweet Alyssum

Looking for quick, easy color in your garden? Sweet Alyssum is an easy-to-grow annual that blooms in just weeks, attracting butterflies to and from the garden all season long.

Indian Blanket

This native wildflower creates a fields of flaming red in the plains and desert states, but will also grow nicely in any sunny spot.

Can’t decide which Monarch attracting varieties to plant in your garden this season? Try our new Perennial Monarch Collection and Annual Monarch Collection.

August 1, 2015 ¬∑ Amanda Shepard ¬∑ Comments Closed
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5 Reasons Why Fall Is The Best Time to Plant


Although spring is often thought of as the best time to plant, adding perennials, bulbs, wildflowers and shrubs to the garden in the fall gives plants a head start for their first season. We’ve put together our top five reasons why we love fall planting.

1. Get a jump-start on spring growth. Planting perennials and wildflowers in the fall gives them a head start in the spring. Plants will start to grow once the ground thaws, before you could have worked the soil and planted in the spring. Wildflowers will bloom earlier and often you will get flowers on your perennials in the first season if they were planted in the fall

2. The cool weather. If the hot, sweaty weather isn’t for you, try gardening in the fall! The crisp, cool air makes for an enjoyable experience leisurely planting and working outside in the garden.

3. Less water. The colder weather helps eliminate evaporation and shorter days means photosynthesis slows down, resulting in your new plants requiring less water than if planted in the spring.

4. Spring-blooming bulbs need to winter over. Do you love colorful varieties such as tulips, daffodils and more? These bulbs need to be planted in the fall and require a wintering-over time to provide gorgeous, cheerful spring blooms.

5. Less stress. The colder weather in fall also causes less stress on your new plants, allowing for the root systems to establish themselves in a comfortable environment before the winter.

We have a variety of wildflower seeds, bulbs and perennials for fall planting that you won’t find in the big box stores. Happy fall gardening!


July 25, 2015 ¬∑ Amanda Shepard ¬∑ One Comment
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Enter Our Summer Garden Giveaway


Stop dreaming about that perfect outdoor space and take action! Build a pollinator oasis, create a wildflower meadow, raise your own chickens, or plant native perennials. Let the 2015 Summer Garden Giveaway be your inspiration.

All you have to do is click here and enter your email address for the chance to win a $100 gift certificate (awarded weekly), or you could win the grand prize, a $250 gift certificate!

Build the garden of your dreams with American Meadows.

The Summer Garden Giveaway ends September 15th. Sign up today!

July 21, 2015 ¬∑ Ashley Watson ¬∑ 2 Comments
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Customer Garden Highlight: Low-Maintenance Wildflowers And Perennials In Vermont

One of our customers in Williston, Vermont, plants wildflowers each season along with their multitude of perennial gardens that require “almost no work,” says homeowner Liz.

They planted our Northeast Wildflower Mix on the side of their house three years ago and it has naturalized into a low-maintenance wildflower garden that brings them delight each year, all season long. A bonus is the fact that most of the varieties are native, making it a buffet for pollinators.







In the front of their house, which has a lot of foot traffic from a busy sidewalk, they planted hundreds of Daffodils several season ago. Now, they add Wildflowers each year and plant the section of the garden closest to the sidewalk with our Fragrant Mix. This gives walkers-by a treat for the eyes and the nose! They also added our Summer Splash Mix to give the space extra color this season.




The low maintenance perennial gardens in the back of the property feature ferns, hostas, bee balm, daylilies, astilbe and much more.










July 19, 2015 ¬∑ Amanda Shepard ¬∑ Comments Closed
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