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Some Like it Cool (Aquilegia)

Some Like it Cool (Aquilegia)

Posted by John Friel on Jan 14th 2022

“And the eagle flies with the dove.” – Stephen StillsYou know “cool crops” as a description of certain annuals that don’t need (or like) lots of heat to finish for spring sales. Well, it’s not just for annuals anymore. Pick the right early-flowering perennials, and you can realize significant energy savings.If you like your benches full and your heating bills low, we’ve got the perfect perennials for you. And if you like your symbols scrambled, we’ve got you covered there, too. Aquilegia is
Have you EverColored? (Carex)

Have you EverColored? (Carex)

Posted by John Friel on Jan 13th 2022

EverColor®: The pot at the end of the rainbow!Kilkenny, Ireland is a destination city, famed for arts, crafts, music festivals, ancient castles -- and modern Carex! The breeders at Fitzgerald Nursery have struck Celtic gold with this great group of sedges. EverestPP#20955An avalanche of emerald blades edged in pristine white, pure as Himalayan snow. No Sherpa required to explore these scenic mounds.‘Everglow’PP#30466Rich emerald green centers are flanked by striking orange margins in autumn
Gulf States Horticultural Expo 2022

Gulf States Horticultural Expo 2022

Posted by John Friel on Jan 12th 2022

GHSE 2022The Gulf Coast’s balmy breezes are beckoning us – and you! -- to Mobile, Alabama for the Gulf States Horticultural Expo!This two-day trade show is a Southern highlight. You’ll find your favorite ECG folks in Booth #630, January 20 – 21. There’s also a day of educational seminars on the 19th.It all happens at the Outlaw Convention Center. Don’t be alarmed by the name of the venue. Most of the attendees and vendors are law-abiding green industry folks like you.So swing by our booth for a
THANK YOU! for visiting us at MANTS!

THANK YOU! for visiting us at MANTS!

Posted by John Friel on Jan 8th 2022

The just-ended MidAtlantic Nursery Trade Show is the premier green industry event on the East Coast. It’s the winter show that jumpstarts the new season.Those who attended know that the 2022 show was like, and unlike, all previous editions. As usual, it was big, upbeat and optimistic. As always, Emerald Coast Growers was there with our industry-standard grass and perennial liners.Yes, attendance numbers were down, and numerous booths vacant, for several reasons: Travel restrictions, flight cance
AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR ~ 2022 Perennial Plant of the Year! (Little Bluestem)

AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR ~ 2022 Perennial Plant of the Year! (Little Bluestem)

Posted by John Friel on Jan 5th 2022

It’s a Grass Grass Grass!The Perennial Plant Association has picked a Perennial Plant of the Year every year for over three decades. In all that time, only three grasses were so honored... until now!Next year, one of our favorite native grass species will join this elite group. Give it up for Schizachyrium scoparium, a.k.a. “Little bluestem!”We grow ten (10) outstanding varieties of this nifty number, and guess what? They’re ALL the Perennial Plant of the Year! The award is shared by the whole s

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