The Potting Bar at Altum's | Zionsville, IN | Altum’s Horticultural Center and Landscape

Late Summer Gardening Checklist


When you don’t know where to start, start with Snapshot Gardening. You’ll get face time with a garden design pro, time to review photos of your area, personalized ideas and plant recommendations and a $25 gift card to get you started.

Checkbox-imageBOOST YOUR SOIL

One of the best ways to be successful when planting this fall is to amend your soil (50% soil amendment to 50% original soil). Then seal in moisture with a fresh layer of Altum’s Hardwood Mulch.


The time is now, my friend. Perfect conditions, less watering, less stress on your plants and healthier plants come spring. Remember the root ball should be level with the soil line and the wider the hole the better—loosens the soil and gives roots room to grow. Check out the Step-by-Step Planting Guide. We have great results with Fertilome Root Stimulator, too.


If you buy bulbs now while the selection is good, then  strategically plant them (with some Dutch Bulb Food) when the ground has cooled come October, you’ll be in for a lovely spring surprise.

Checkbox-imageMAKE IT YOURS

Put together your own concoction of mums, pumpkins, pansies, ornamental grasses, seed pods, curly willow branches, cabbages and kale in containers, windowboxes or beds.

Let’s grow together. Stop in, call 317.733.GROW and find what you need online.

The Potting Bar at Altum’s

Welcome to The Potting Bar

The Altum’s Potting Bar is a place where you can pot at your own pace, in your own space and we’ll clean up the mess. Everything you need is within reach, including soil by the scoop, flowers, grasses, mini shrubs, even veggies and herbs.

Who is The Potting Bar for and how does it work?

The Potting Bar is for you.

Seriously, there is no pedigree and no performance anxiety.
We have these simple steps posted to help you along the way, but we encourage free spirits:

  • START WITH A CONTAINER that fits the occasion, the environment and your style. BYOC or choose from classics and eclectic new arrivals
  • FILL WITH GOOD POTTING SOIL like our house-brewed custom blend by the scoop
  • MIX IN A DASH of Start’n’Grow fertilizer
  • ADD FLOWERS, HERBS & VEGGIES that are fresh and locally grown
  • GARNISH with decorative mulch or moss
  • MAKE IT YOURS with pot stakes that allow you to add color, texture or handwritten messages
  • GRAB A CART to check out and you can always ask for help to your car

When can I use it?

If Altum’s is open, The Potting Bar is open.

One note: Our popular Make & Take workshops are held at The Potting Bar most Saturday mornings and early afternoons in spring and fall. Join us for one! To learn more about the Make & Take schedule and sign up for something you like check here. For a little you-time zen, we’d recommend coming any other day or time.

What should I bring?

Just you and maybe a friend.

Possibly a photo from Pinterest or Instagram, but really just your imagination.
We’ll supply the tools, flowers and plants and you can choose from our handpicked selection of containers in all sizes and colors. Or you can bring yours from home.