Do this in the fall: Plant bulbs in Pots. Store the potted bulbs in an unheated garage or storage room. You'll need to water every few weeks since the pots won't have access to rainfall. In addition to small pots, pack bulbs "shoulder-to-shoulder" in big containers for an abundant display in spring. Toss aside the spacing recommendations so you can get as many bulbs into the container that will fit.
Blazing Star~ A North American prairie native, blazing star bears spikes of white, rose, or purple flowers that attract butterflies. It's an excellent plant to add vertical accent to the perennial garden, and the blooms are ideal for cutting and drying. Zones 3-9
Super-Easy Annual - You may love zinnias for their nonstop blooming all summer, but they're also a great choice for the late summer to early fall garden. Until first frost, this popular annual continues to serve as a nectar source for butterflies. Mildew and leaf spots are often an enemy of zinnias, but not for 'Double Zahara Cherry'. Its double blooms attract bees and butterflies. Like all zinnias, 'Zahara' is heat tolerant and sun-loving. Winter hardy to USDA Hardiness Zones 10 to 11
Top Deer-Resistant Plants of the Northeast Virginia Bluebells A native wildflower through eastern North America. In spring clusters of true-blue flowers. By midsummer, it goes dormant (plant w/partner like epimedium or lungwort), but it's worth it for the weeks of bloom and DEER AVOID IT. Plant Name: Mertensia pulmonarioides Growing Conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil Size: To 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide Zones: 3-7