If it weren't for flowers, bees could only suck nectar from picnic sandwiches, cream sodas, and goblins' tears. Give your honey the sweetest stuff with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a mid-Atlantic summer blooms kit ($75 value) from American Meadows, redeemable online.
American Meadows' mid-Atlantic summer-blooms kit brims with 5 varieties of easy-to-grow blossoms well suited to a temperate Eastern-seaboard climate. The package's three types of perennials are dug up when they go dormant in the fall and shipped as bare roots. Once dropped in a hole, covered, and watered, they'll sprout into sturdy stalks that will return year after year, much like Honeymooners reruns. Three bright and bossy Frans Hals daylilies shout at the phlox's trio of bunched blooms whenever they're deciding on a lunch place, and three Canna lilies stand timidly to the side, twiddling their leaves and smiling nervously at nearby bushes, which are starting to stare.
Meanwhile, three dahlia tubers and 25 gladiolus bulbs explode into all-too-brief floral fireworks once earthed—as annuals, they're unlikely to come back another year. Colors, quantities, and varieties will vary based on available inventory at redemption; possible substitutes include Asiatic lilies, peonies, and geraniums. Blossoms should be planted before the end of June for best results.
Shipping ($9.95) is not included with today’s Groupon.
What started out as a humble operation in Vermont has become a leading online source for bulbs, perennials, and seeds of every ilk. American Meadows is a renowned resource for all things gardening and showcases more than 1,000 varieties of plantables from all over the world, such as Sarah Bernhardt peonies, red oxford Darwin tulip bulbs, and red poppy seeds. Though they stock a vast selection, each wildflower seed package is still hand-packed by their own staff. The staff serves as a knowledgeable resource in conjunction with their robust website, which offers tools and gifts for every shade of green thumb. For even more support, customers can call or chat online to discuss flowers and ask questions about their plants.
American Meadows cultivates a skilled crew in addition to a vast select of bulbs, perennials, and seeds. Four team members are alums of a 13-week master-gardener course, who now boast expertise about topics including landscape design, soil options, and controlling garden pests such as deer or hungry neighbors.