If flowers stopped growing, bees would have no way to make honey, and little girls at weddings would walk down the aisle tossing handfuls of tree bark. Smell the roses with this Groupon.
$20 for $40 Worth of Flowers, Shrubs, and Other Nursery Items
Hardy Drift roses ($23) grow to a moderate size and bloom continuously from spring to frost, and specially engineered stems of Cityline hydrangeas ($23) resist mildew and bending to keep clusters of flowers off the ground. A Lo & Behold Blue Chip butterfly bush ($22) attracts the elegant insect with fragrant, periwinkle blooms on a small bush that grows no larger than 3 feet tall.
Rivergate Garden Center
If geneticist and horticulturalist Gregor Mendel were still alive today, he would marvel at Rivergate Garden Center. Owner Jonathan Buck fills the nursery with plants from breeders such as the aptly named Proven Winners and the Conard-Pyle Co., which has been developing hybrid roses since 1897. From spring through the moment when the world's executive producers decide it's winter, the center is rampant with blossoming roses, lipstick-red weigela, and violet butterfly bushes engineered to expend energy continuously in colorful abandon. These plants also require less maintenance, as their stems resist frost and mildew and quit growing once they have reached a manageable, predetermined size.