Autumn Rush

autumn_rushAutumn has a rush season, just like spring. It’s not as big and frenzied, but buyers are stocking up their inventories for the autumn holidays that are around the corner. Most buyers look at the next few months as relentlessly boring, garden-wise: it’s mums, mums, mums, and more mums.

Not true—fall offers an abundance of interesting merchandise for both retailers and landscapers. We find that those who offer more than mums will wind up selling more mums, too. After all, you can get mums anywhere; savvy growers offer interesting alternatives in addition to mums.

Remember: our autumn program is not just a warmed-over spring growing program. We grow our crops for the colors of fall, so you can offer a strong program specifically geared for the harvest and holiday decor coming up.


For example, here is some photography that shows how well our crops work together, color-wise. In the first photo we gathered up everything available this week into a group shot:


  • Angelonia
  • Bidens
  • Calibrachoa
  • Dianthus
  • Hedera (Ivy)
  • Euphorbia (Baby’s Breath)
  • Lantanas
  • Leadwort
  • Millet
  • Petunias
  • Rudbeckia
  • Osteospermum
  • Sage
  • Snapdragons
  • Strobilanthes
  • Sunflowers
  • Vinca Vine
  • Zinnias

And, yes, we even stashed a few mums in there if you can find them. 


Petunias sell surprisingly well in the fall, and you can flank them with interesting and complementary material. This is a very showy mix of our Autumn Petunias, along with Lantanas, Calibrachoa, Bidens and, in the back, a light mix of Leadwort, Angelonia, Osteospermum, Dianthus, Zinnias, and Rudbeckia. This is a great presentation that also works effectively because we grow our colors to blend well together.


Frankly, two carts (our minimum) will create an extremely satisfying presentation, and we can get your order to you in about a day this time of year. It’s a very safe way to offer enough inventory to fill the benches for the weekend, but not so much that you’ll get stuck throwing too much out. The upcoming holidays are all about decor, so offer something fresh and special. It makes a difference.