Collier's Garden Scoop
July 2018
There's no mistaking the fact that summer has settled in across Alabama. Simmering temps & heavy air engulf the landscape but we've little to complain about with frequent rain so far. It's the height of the growing season & flowers abound, attracting beauties such as bees, butterflies & hummingbirds, adding to the wonder of the garden in July.
July Hours
Monday - Saturday 9 to 5
Closed Sunday
Dreamy Mid-Summer Mix
We continue to receive weekly shipments during July, ensuring that  there are always fresh, healthy plants available to spruce up containers and annual beds, or add to perennial and herb gardens. The handsome combination pictured here proves you can't go wrong with textured foliage in rich colors alongside a 'pop' of white.
In this container garden: 
'Silver Drop' Eucalyptus
Persian Shield
Golden Lemon Thyme
'Breathless White' Euphorbia
'Cora Polka Dot' Trailing Vinca
'Red Ruffles' Caladium
12 Perennials to Plant Now
for Reliable Summer Color
Balloon Flower
Platycodon grandiflorus
For sun to partial sun. Dwarf 'Astra Blue' pictured here (also available in white and pink) grows only 4 to 6 inches tall. Takes several years to become established and prefers not to be disturbed. Well-drained soil required.
Bee Balm
Monarda didyma
For sun to partial sun. Native to eastern North America. Spreads rapidly to form large clumps. Divide every 3 or 4 years. A must-have perennial for attracting hummingbirds to the garden. Deer resistant. Appreciates regular water.
Black Eyed Susan
Rudbeckia hybrids
For sun to partial sun. Many varieties exist, bred from the native North American wildflower. One of the best perennials for the cutting garden. Divide clumps every few years to avoid overcrowding. Deer tend to leave these alone.
Echinacea hybrids
For sun to partial sun. Perhaps the most widely recognized North American native wildflower. Tough and durable. Divide clumps carefully every 3 or 4 years. Excellent cut flower and deer resistant. If left in place, bristly seed heads persist into winter and are loved by finches.
Threadleaf Coreopsis
Coreopsis verticillata
For sun to partial sun. Native to eastern North America. Forms a mounding, spreading clump about 12 inches tall. Divide in spring or fall every 3 years. Easy to grow and drought tolerant once established. Fine, fern-like foliage is deer resistant.
Hemerocallis hybrids
For sun to partial sun. One of the easiest perennials to grow. Tolerant of neglect and drought. Dwarf, repeat-blooming varieties flower spring through fall. Divide in early spring or fall every 3 to 6 years. Cut stems containing buds will open over several days in flower arrangements. 
Hosta hybrids
For shade or filtered sun. Prized for their huge variety of leaf colors and sizes. A must-have for the southern shade garden. Produces tall white or lavender bloom spikes in summer that attract hummingbirds.
Ice Plant
Delosperma cooperi
For sun or partial sun. Succulent foliage makes these incredibly heat and drought tolerant. Low, spreading habit ideal for rock gardens. Flowers in a range of colors, including white, yellow, pink and purple.
Asclepias tuberosa
For sun or partial sun. Native to eastern North America. Large orange flower clusters emerge atop 3 foot tall stems. Adored and sought after by butterflies. Performs best with good drainage and regular water.
Ornamental Oregano
Origanum hybrids
For sun or partial sun. Requires well-drained soil. Low, spreading habit perfect for borders or rock gardens. Foliage is unusually colored and fragrant, with very tiny lavender flowers interspersed. Deer resistant.
Toad Lily
Tricyrtis hirta
For shade, filtered or early morning sun. Woodland perennial native to Asia. Requires organically rich soil and ample water. Stems to 3 feet tall produce intricate, orchid-like flowers midsummer to early fall. Stunning companion to ferns.
Achillea millefolium
For sun or partial sun. Requires well-drained soil. Heat and drought tolerant once established. Divide clumps in late winter every 3 years. Flat-topped flower clusters attract butterflies and are excellent for cutting and drying.
Fun Find: 
Berry Baskets
Just in time for summer celebrations, colorful ceramic berry baskets have arrived, perfect for your next outdoor soiree! Plant, or fill with cut flowers, for charmingly simple table-top decor.

July Lawn Care

Apply  fertilome Lawn Food Plus Iron to Zoysia & Bermuda lawns.
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Collier's Nursery 
2904 Old Rocky Ridge Road
Birmingham, AL 35243