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A Real Soap Opry (Phlox Fashionably Early series)

A Real Soap Opry (Phlox Fashionably Early series)

Posted by John Friel on Aug 17th 2021

Looking for a refreshing update on a traditional “backbone” perennial? You’ve arrived early – Fashionably Early! This hybrid series lives up to its name by blooming 2 – 3 weeks sooner than the typical tall phlox. All varieties rise to a user-friendly mid-border height. The rich green slender leaves are extremely resistant to powdery mildew, the bane of tall Phlox species. Height: 28 – 32”. Hardy in Zones 4 – 8‘Fashionably Early Crystal’PP28679 Flower clusters emerge pale lavender, then mel
Try A Little Tenderness  (Ruellia and  Salvia)

Try A Little Tenderness (Ruellia and Salvia)

Posted by John Friel on Aug 13th 2021

Even Our Soft Side is Pretty ToughWe’re proud to be your go-to source for sturdy ornamental grasses and hardy herbaceous perennials. But we also have a tender spot for tender plants. Two of our favorites have something uncommon in common:Truly red flowers! Ruellia elegans Ragin’ Cajun™ (Texas petunia)Vivid, eye-catching red red flowers, and a lot of ‘em, on a cheerful chassis of deceptively-delicate looking rich green foliage. Don’t be fooled: Ragin’ Cajun won a “FlameProof Award
Meet our July Rock Stars... Jose Hernandez and Keith Eads

Meet our July Rock Stars... Jose Hernandez and Keith Eads

Posted by John Friel on Aug 12th 2021

About the Rock Star AwardOur Rock Star award honors Emerald Coast Growers employees who demonstrate a sustained high level of performance and inspire others.This month, for just the second time in the history of the award, we have a tie. The two employees who rose to the top of the balloting work together so well, we literally couldn’t give just one of them the award they both richly deserve. Jose Hernandez came to work for ECG in 2007. Two years later, Keith Eads joined the team. The term
Perovskia Sent to the Gulag

Perovskia Sent to the Gulag

Posted by John Friel on Aug 11th 2021

“Russian Sage” Is Neither? Nyet So Fast!We reported recently that Perovskia, a.k.a. Russian sage, is neither Russian, nor a sage. Turns out we were only half right.Horticulturist and sharp-eyed reader Mark Deacon, of Cincinnati Technical & Community College, updated us. It’s still not Russian, but it has gotten smarter.The perennial formerly known as Perovskia is native to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tibet. It’s not from Russia, with or without love. But while we weren’t watching, those never-sati
GARDEN GETAWAY GATEWAY Rosmarinus officinalis (Syn. Salvia rosmarinus)

GARDEN GETAWAY GATEWAY Rosmarinus officinalis (Syn. Salvia rosmarinus)

Posted by John Friel on Aug 6th 2021

Nothing evokes dreams of a sun-soaked Mediterranean sojourn like rosemary.A glimpse of that familiar glaucous pine needle foliage, a whiff of the inimitable fragrance, and the passerby is transported to southern France or the cliffs of Crete. It may be that a rose is a rose is a rose, but it’s not so with rosemary. Subtle and not-so-subtle characteristics differentiate our four offerings.‘Arp’: Named for an agricultural town in Texas, this one was selected for grey-green foliage, persistent blu

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