The Online Plant Nursery is now Open for September

After closing the store for the spring, the remaining seedlings were grown out for the fall sale (or planted into my own gardens 😊)
Some were moved into larger sized trays and kept in the urban yard, in wood frames with netting to keep squirrels from uprooting them.  Others were planted out into my rural gardens for the summer.  

With the cooler weather now arriving, it is time for them to move to their forever homes. 

Photos of the seedlings at their current size have been added to the listings of the available species.

While these will require initial care, like any newly planted perennials or plants that are dug and relocated, unlike the tiny plugs I offer in the spring sale these will settle in fairly quickly with little care beyond watering for the first few weeks and during any extended dry spells next summer. 

These are not sold in pots. Plants grown in trays will be wrapped in paper, like the seedlings were this spring. Plants that have spent the summer in the soil will be lifted and packed together into the boxes or the produce containers I’ve been hoarding through the summer. They will all need to be planted right away.

Plants are all $4.00 each, including HST. 

Minimum $20 / 5 plant order. 

I’ll be out to the rural gardens on the weekend and once most weeks, so pickups will be Sunday evenings, Mondays and, on weeks that it doesn’t rain on Wednesday, Thursday through the day and evening. Pickups are in Vanier, but can also be arranged for Perth.  

All pickups are by appointment only

Available quantities vary, from as few as 5 of a species to as many as 40. I'll track order quantities and remove any that sell out from your order before sending you an invoice.

Planting instructions can be 
found here.
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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

New England Aster

When Ontario roadsides and fields turn purple and gold in the fall, this Aster is the purple.
Loved by gardeners and pollinators alike, the blooms appear in September and continue to offer up bright colours, pollen and nectar for weeks. Left to their own devices, these will self seed exuberantly, but I haven’t found individual plants to be prone to spreading at a noticeable rate once they reach a mature size of about 24” across. Height is between 30" and 48” in my gardens, although I’ve seen them get taller and floppier in rich soil and/or with irrigation. If they are planted without neighbours, they have a tendency to lean over as they come into full bloom, weighed down by the abundance of their own blossoms. Like most plants still close to their wild roots, these are happy to grow mixed in with other species that enjoy similar growing conditions -goldenrod being an obvious physically, ecologically and aesthetically, supportive companion species. They are perfectly happy in average to dry growing conditions and prefer full sun, or at least 6 hours per day, to set maximum bloom.
Hugely popular with pollinators in general, the patch of these in my postage stamp urban front yard literally hums every fall, especially with bumble bees, a colony that is now into its fourth season and seeming to become more abundant each year.
These continue to feed wildlife into the winter, with finches and redpolls especially enjoying the seeds.