Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 3-4

August 1 to August 30-- Discover what you should be doing right now. Our experts share gardening advice, techniques, news, and ideas to make your garden the best ever.

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1. Choose flowering plants that come back year after year

1.Perennials are a great investment, rewarding you with flowers for years to come.

  • Introduction to Perennials
    Perennials return year after year blooming on their own. Watch this introduction and discover how easy and rewarding growing perennials can be.
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  • Perennials Tour #1
    Take a garden tour and see favorite perennial plants in a garden setting. In this video- Shasta Daisy, Ornamental Grass, Butterfly Bush, Echinacea and Hydrangea.
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  • Perennials Tour #2
    Take a garden tour and see favorite perennial plants in a garden setting. In this video- Rudbeckia (Black Eyed Susan), Perennial Garden Phlox, Hibiscus and Silphium.
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2. Late summer is a great time to plant perennials food crops

2. The warm soils of late August will help perennials become well established before cool weather arrives.

  • Asparagus
    Grow asparagus seeds and experience a far superior flavor and texture than store-bought. A bed of asparagus plants provides an abundance of stalks for several weeks and keeps producing for many years.
  • Rhubarb
    Rhubarb plants are a perennial vegetable that is grown for its juicy leafstalks, which have a tart, tangy flavor. The leafstalks grow up to 22" long and can be green or red. Red cultivars are the sweetest and the most prized by gardeners and cooks.
  • Raspberry Plants
    Raspberry Plants
    Grow both standard and everbearing raspberry plants to enjoy fresh fruit all summer.

3. Savor fresh-tasting fruits and vegetables into the winter months

3. The growing season rewards us with delicious, fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables… sometimes too much of it!

4. Avoid multiple trips to the garden shed or kitchen

4. Need an extra hand in the garden? Get the right equipment to make your job efficient.

  • Baskets
    Need an extra hand in the garden? The hod is perfect for gathering and cleaning vegetables, flowers, plants and tools.
  • Gardening Carts
    Gardening Carts
    Gardening Carts seeds and plants,How to grow Gardening Carts,All Gardening Supplies
  • Garden Tool Bags - Large, , large

5. Order fall-planted, spring-flowering bulbs now

5. For the best selection, order bulbs now.

  • Daffodil Bulbs
    Daffodil Bulbs
    Daffodils are a favorite spring flower. They are easy to plant, require almost no maintenance and multiply rapidly. Daffodils are excellent cut flowers.
  • Tulip Bulbs
    Tulip Bulbs
    Tulips are the most beloved flowers in the spring garden. Fantastic colors and shapes with classic beauty. Tulips are also excellent cut flowers.