Preparing your garden for winter is the best way to keep Santa's elves from setting up a shantytown in the vegetable patch. Stave off unsettling seasonal invasions with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 toward colorful seasonal flowers, plants and more at Garden Country Nursery in Dix Hills.
Garden Country Nursery flanks its outdoor walkways and indoor greenhouse with a plethora of decorative plants, flowers, trees, and shrubs awaiting installation in or on household yards or terraces. Garden mums ($4.95 each; $20 for five) bloom in a rainbow of vivid hues, enlivening any flower beds, breezeways, or backyards in which they are planted. Recently sprung spring bulbs ($10.95/10) soak up drained soils, radiating an effervescent glow in anticipation of April metamorphoses into tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. Green leaves of ornamental cabbage and kale ($4.95 each; $20 for five) encircle purple and yellow centers, and ornamental grasses ($14.95+) rise from garden patches or pots, complementing adjacent lawns and sparking nostalgia in homesick alpacas. In addition to nursery items, Garden Country Nursery celebrates autumn with patches of ripe pumpkins, bales of hay, and a variety of decorations.