Hard to believe, but the dog days of summer are here! My goodness, time flies when you’re having fun – and hopefully everyone has been having a lot of summertime fun!
We here at Glover Nursery never stop, and that includes planting and enjoying the flowers that also just won’t stop this time of year. There are so many to choose from, and as ever, ask a plant expert what their favorite late summer blooms are and you get a list longer than your arm! Still, we did a little survey of our team and came up with 10 End of Summer Blooms that we just can’t live without.
Coneflower – Oh the gorgeous Coneflower, how we love this one! Botanical name Echinacea, this pretty plant serves multiple functions. It blooms throughout the summer and will keep going right through fall. Coneflower is one of the plants that pollinators can’t stay away from so if you are looking to attract bees and butterflies, this is the plant for you. It comes in a wide variety of colors and it is also known for its medicinal properties – Echinacea tea is often used to combat colds. What a powerhouse of a plant!
Hibiscus – Also called Rose Mallow or Swamp Rose, Hibiscus is a great plant to add for a unique, almost tropical, texture. Though they look delicate, they can withstand cold climates and bloom year after year. One of our favorites this year is the tree form Rose of Sharon, which you can read more about here.
Sage – Also known as Salvia, these flowers are extremely popular for many reasons, the main one being that there are so many varieties! This popular plant comes in every color of the rainbow and blooms through the fall making it a great addition to any landscape. Sage (Salvia) comes in both annual and perennial varietals, each having their own benefits depending on your gardening goals. It is another that the butterflies love, so if that is a goal for your garden, be sure to add this amazing plant to your list.
Desert Four O’Clocks – This Utah native is the plant that won’t stop, but in a very welcome way. It is a perennial, so you know it’s coming back next year. It’s native to Utah, so it does extremely well in our climate. It blooms abundantly until the cold sets in. And, once it is established, it is naturally water-wise. Plus, the blooms are a beautiful magenta color making it a great accent piece.
Hydrangea – We have written about of these bonanza of blooms in other blogs, but they just keep blooming, and we just keep loving. Read about why Rod Glover puts them in his top 5 here.
Black-eyed Susan – This daisy-like flower is a winner year after year. The bright petals against the dark ‘eyes’ really stand out in both gardens and floral bouquets. They bloom until hard freeze hits, and they bloom abundantly. Black-eyed Susan is part of the Rudbeckia family, which has a number of varieties with different sizes and colors. This is a great addition to any yard, but as it is heat and drought tolerant, if you are seeking water-wise flowers, grab some today.
Butterfly Bush – The beloved Butterfly Bush, known to some as Summer Lilac, is a gorgeous blooming shrub that we can’t get enough of! They come in blue, purple, white, pink, magenta and have a delicious fragrance that you will enjoy throughout the season. And, they are called Butterfly Bush for a reason, butterflies love them almost as much as we do! These are shrubs so will get to be a bit larger (between 4-15’ depending on the variety), which make them a great way to fill in a larger area in your yard. They do need a bit of dead-heading to keep the blooms going strong.
Bluebeard – Deer resistant, drought tolerant, blooms through fall, attracts birds and butterflies, comes back year after year….what more could we ask of a plant? These fragrant flowers have light bluish/purple blooms with a unique shape that catches the eye. In addition, the foliage itself lends the plant much distinction as it can range from bluish/green to gray/silver.
Daylilies – Yes, we know we already shared daylilies as a favorite earlier this year (click here to read), but these gorgeous blooms capture our hearts and we had to put them on the list. There are so many day lilies out there, from reds to purple to two-toned colors. They bloom and bloom and bloom and are easy to split as they grow. They thrive in Utah soil, they come back year after year, they make great cut flowers and, well, they are just amazing flowers.
Tiger Eyes Sumac – Um, ok. This isn’t a flower. BUT, we are putting it on our top 10 end of summer blooms blog for a reason – it is just SO pretty! The leaves on this little tree go head-to-head against any bloom. New growth is a vibrant chartreuse which quickly changes to yellow as they grow. Combine those bright colors with the rosy-pink leaf stems and you will think you may have found a secret gardeners delight – which, you have! The branches angle upward but the lacy leaves drape down giving this plant a sweet yet dramatic presence. They get to be about 6’ at their largest so make for a great fill in a larger area. And, they are a good choice for water-wise gardens (once they are established).
So, there they are, our top 10 picks for end of summer blooms. Narrowing this down was a Herculean task, but it makes for a great start if you are wondering what to add for some new texture, color and shape this time of year. But, if none of them tickle your fancy, come on down and see us. We will be delighted to show you the dozens and dozens of plants that are on our back up list! As you know, we love talking about our favorites and love sharing them even more.
We still have an amazing selection and will keep our beautiful 10-acres filled to the brim, so you can keep your garden growing all season long.
Summer is here and we've found plants to give your garden unique summer color. Here at Glover Nursery, we are always looking for the next new thing to bring to our customers. Our expert buyer is constantly looking for that unique element to add to your yard. We all are plant geeks and when we come across those special items they are quickly snapped up by our expert buyer.
Our Expert Buyer's Picks
Some of her favorite plants, trees and shrubs for unique summer color this season are listed below. These are spectacular plants that will bring major “Wow” factor this summer:
Chocolate Fountain Silk Tree
Chocolate Fountain Silk Tree is a new one from Monrovia that we just can’t get over. Dramatic, deep purple, fern-like foliage enhanced by delicate pink flowers in summer. It is an elegant accent for smaller spaces and does well in containers (but will need to be brought indoors during the winter if kept in a container). This small, deciduous tree doesn't mind the heat and is tough, trouble-free and drought resistant in the landscape.
Rose of Sharon
The Rose of Sharon Tree comes in so many varieties. This is a summer favorite as they keep a tight, upright form with large summer blossoms. It’s a great way to bring dramatic color to your garden when other shrubs and perennials have stopped blooming in the summer. They don’t get much larger than 6-feet tall, so can help provide some interesting contract amongst taller trees and shorter shrubs.
And if you haven’t seen the stunning blooms of Hydrangea’s then you haven’t lived! These incredible blooms are popping like crazy and make such a beautiful addition to any garden with their gorgeous, full blossoms. A unique pop of color for summer and they keep on blooming into the fall. They come in a variety of colors and make for truly incredible summer bouquets. Monrovia calls these beauties Shapely Shrubs.
Come on down and see us to learn more about these amazing plants. We are here to help you find the right fit for your yard.
Deer can be some of the largest pests in your garden. As a result of these large pests, we've put together a list of the 66 Best Deer Resistant Plants for Utah. While no plant is deer proof, we do stress that these are deer resistant plants. Unfortunately, if deer are hungry enough they will eat just about anything. These plants are very less desirable to deer so in most gardens they will be safe.
The following list includes perennials that deer tend to stay away from. If you're looking for some larger plants or would like help landscaping your garden, we have experts on staff to help. They can discuss your specific soil type and growing zone to help narrow down what will really thrive in your area, and will also be deer resistant.
Best Deer Resistant Plants for Utah
The below deer resistant plants are all listed by botanical name followed by the common name. If the two are the same, we have just listed the name once. Most of all, we hope this gives you hope that you can have that beautiful yard you want without the deer consuming it all.
Huge selection and very helpful and knowledgeable staff. I’ve bought may plants from them and all... but one have survived, and it was hassle free to return the one that didn’t. I love that they have multiple size selections for plants so that I don’t have to get a tree that’s huge already if I don’t want to. I also appreciate that they label where things are at so that you can find things if you are looking for something specific.read more
I highly suggest this nursery - the only reason it only got a 4-star is because they are very... pricey. Great help, great products, just way too expensive. Parking is a real bear too - I'd suggest going off-hours for the best parking. Even on the busiest weekend, the employees keep up with the check out lanes so the wait to check out has never taken more than 10 minutes.Best nursery I've found in Salt Lake County.read more
Great plants, shrubs and trees! Awesome staff! Great warranty! I've purchased ... everything...soil, annuals, perennials,shrubs and trees I will always purchase from Glover!Awesome staff! Best selection!read more
I have bought everything from garden supplies, bedding plants, trees and even Christmas trees from... Glover's for more than 30 years. They have a great selection, are honest, and stand behind what they sell. They are the best of the best!read more
We have been frequenting Glover Nursery quite a bit while we are re-landscaping out back yard. We... have found their staff to be extremely helpful and very honest. Their staff have guided us toward better plant selection many times to help meet our desire to have low-water plants as much as possible. They also offer up to 5-year warranties on many of their larger plants and trees, if you use certain products when planting. We will continue to return to Glover time and time again for our landscaping needs!read more
They could do a little better on approaching customers and offering to help, especially in the tree... section. They carry lots of healthy plants and have good advice. They offer services to help you if you aren't ready to do it on your own.read more
Amazing selection- prices are competitive with Home Depot and Lowe’s. They keep the native plants... out much longer in the season- once Home Depot and Lowe’s have cleared their shelves. They have way more choices than you’ll find anywhere else for all variety of plants and trees.read more
After shopping six different nurseries in the last couple of days looking for specific trees I... wanted, I visited this place. This is really a gold-star type place. Great variety and reasonable prices in a beautiful setting. Their customer service was very good. Helpful people willing to assist and answer questions. I’m sure I’ll be a regular customer here. Well done.read more
They have an amazing variety of plants, and the nursery is so easy to navigate with signs pointing... you to where you need to go. Ordered 77 plants and 3 trees from them and they all arrived looking healthy and vibrant.Ordered mulch this summer as well, and they gave a quick refund when we accidently ordered one too many truck loads of mulch.Have a few plants that are struggling after being planted. If they don't make it I am anxious to see how seamless the plant warrantee is.read more
If you are fortunate enough to have Bret help you, he's the man! I had a list of plant material... for my xeriscaped front yard and he helped me find the best looking plants and was very patient and knowledgeable when I wanted to change the plan a bit. I found all the 50+ plants I was looking for. Highly recommend.read more
We love Glover because they have pretty much whatever you might need. The employees are always very... courteous and helpful as well as knowledgeable. The price point might be a little higher than WalMart, Costco, or Home Depot but the quality of product and service are likely a little higher, too. Choose carefully what time of day you go because they are always so busy!!read more
Beautiful nursery but everyone still has the bug to garden so a lot of items were out if any at... all. No fault to their own. Watched an employee getting upset with a man because he did not stop to show her his receipt instantly. Perhaps had she been doing more than sitting in a corner she would not have to yell at him.read more
Very helpful and their selection of plants and trees is HUGE! We purchased trees here last week and... they had many employees who were knowledgeable and helpful. Loading was easy too. This place is the best for plants and trees.read more
Glover is by far my favorite nursery in the valley. Not only do they have a huge selection of... perennials annuals and trees, but everything is organized and labeled in a way that makes it easy and fun to shop and find what you need. I don’t even live close to Glover, but I happily drive past 5 closer nurseries to get to them!read more
Hydrangea Heaven! I love this place and have spent hours roaming around their grounds. I love that... the employees are knowledgeable but not pushy, friendly but not overbearing and that the prices are reasonable. They also have lots of hard to find varieties, like the yellow raspberry plant I was searching for last year. Also, lovely fountains and unique statues. I can't wait to get there this year and start planting!**Would also like to give a huge shout-out to Jessica for helping me out and saving me hours of time the other day! She really went above and beyond and it was SO helpful to have someone fun and knowledgeable to shop with. Thanks Jessica!read more
Great quality plants and service. Will give you a five year guarantee on some plants if you use... their mycorrizae (Mykes) product. Definitely worth it. I've only had to return one plant out of many. Can't beat that!read more
This is our favorite nursery. The staff is always helpful and knowledgeable. They have an awesome... selection of cool plants, bushes and trees that varies throughout the season. Good warranties on a lot it too. We're rookie gardeners and most of we've planted from here has done well so far.read more
This is the third year in a row that we have purchased our Christmas tree at this nursery. We have... had very few issues with the trees themselves and the customer service here is top notch.The gentlemen who help take the tree to our car and tie it down are always very kind and professional. They do a great job every time. We haven't had any issues with the trees sliding around on the car and they have never caused any damage to our cars.The customer service has always been very professional as well. They are considerate people who always make sure we are happy with our trees.The only issue we had was the first tree we purchased from them. It did dry out a little quicker than we had planned but luckily it was very close to Christmas, so it was no problem. They have a good selection of trees and carry everything from little tiny two foot trees to enormous 10 foot plus trees.I highly recommend this nursery, not only for Christmas trees, but also for gardening all year long. The staff is always knowledgeable and great to work with.read more
Definitely the best place I've ever worked. All the people here are great and it's great visiting.... No other place with such friendly employees. All in all, this is absolutely the place to go if you are in need of plants.read more
This is a great local nursery. When you are ready to get better service and products than you can... find at the big box stores, great over to Glover. You'll find better service, better expertise, and surprisingly competitive prices. The plants are localized to our climate, instead of the Bonnie brand that everybody else sells and who knows where are grown. You'll find a large selection of fruit and ornamental trees, bulk soil amendments (bagged too), bedding plants, and the great variety of goods you'd expect to find at a large local nursery. I'm glad a rediscovered this nursery after Western Gardens closed our local store.read more
They have a decent selection of things you can buy at any other garden center at a slightly... inflated price. They are starting to carry more hard to find items. I wish they would carry more native/drought resistant plants.read more
Found employees to be very helpful, they have a plant selection wider and better than most, if you... are looking for a unique company that offers all the experience and materials with great service check them out, oh they even help you out to your vehicle with your purchase..old school service done right!read more
We've been to many garden centers over the years and BY FAR Glover is the best around. Everything... we've purchased from them has been high quality and has done very well in our garden. We've also used their delivery services and well as their planting services- both of which were wonderful! They arrive on time and the work is done very professionally. They also have staff that are very knowledgable about the plants and products they sell, which is something other nurseries are seriously lacking with their employees, so that's something I appreciate! All of our purchases from trees, to flowers to veggies have always done great, I couldn't rave about them more!read more
Absolutely outstanding service! Val & McKayla were extremely helpful, going above & beyond to take... care of me today. I am a landscape contractor & I appreciate being taken care of so well. Wholesale or retail, I recommend Glover Nursery! 10/10.read more
My girlfriend and I decided as first time plant buyers to make this the first nursery we visited in... our quest to find the perfect ensemble of pet safe, shade friendly, and easy to maintain plants because of the rave reviews Glover's has (which I spent an hour reading through simply because they were pleasant to read). Rett kindly greeted us within about 2 minutes of us starting to browse the rows and rows of plants. He asked what we were looking for. We explained and he quickly pointed us to which spots of the nursery would have plants fitting our criteria. He taught us where to look to find plant information which was very helpful to us newbies. He provided wise words: to start small with our plants and to grow our garden as we became more comfortable with our green thumbs. He answered every question we had with knowledge and the occasional--and very welcomed--joke! We will always come back to Glover's after this amazing experience on our very first visit. Thanks Glover's and thanks Rett!read more
This is my preferred nursery. There are so many people who offer tips and advice and you can return... stuff and get your money back. There are so many options of different plants too! I was looking for bushes and OMG -- so many varieties. Worth the trip across the valley to visit Glover's.read more
I love this nursery SO much. Every time I come here the staff is friendly and helpful and if they... don’t know the answer, they find someone who does. I will only purchase my plants from Glover, they absolutely thrive! And their soil is incredible! Not to mention it’s good for the soul to just walk around and take in how gorgeous this place is. Thank you Glover Nursery!!!read more
Incredible selection. A sales rep. named Lynn was incredibly helpful to me and took an hour to... listen to what I wanted, present options, and seemed very knowledgeable. He even made sure everything was loaded properly and protected from wind during transport. I appreciated this because it's such a busy time for them! I'll definitely be back and thank you, Lynn!read more