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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
The A-Team Benchwarmer  (Heuchera Melting Fire)

The A-Team Benchwarmer (Heuchera Melting Fire)

Posted by John Friel on Aug 5th 2021

Nothing heats up your Heuchera selection like 'Melting Fire'. Smoldering red foliage makes it a hot property -- on the bench and in the border.Seed production means it’s an economical option compared to pricier vegetative propagated varieties. But great breeding means it’s just as gorgeous. Finally, tricky germination means you won’t find it just anywhere. But we’ve cracked that code, so you’ll find ‘Melting Fire’ on our Availability.‘Melting Fire’ has smoldering maroon leaves with strongly curl
An AWWW!-some Little Garden Cutie (Pennisetum Burgundy Bunny)

An AWWW!-some Little Garden Cutie (Pennisetum Burgundy Bunny)

Posted by John Friel on Aug 3rd 2021

Here’s a grass that’s as cute as a you-know-what. ‘Burgundy Bunny’(PP21917) rises a diminutive 18” tall when it stands on its hind legs – er, when it flowers. Neat clumps of slender green leaves take on rich red accents in summer. As the season progresses, the whole plant comes ablaze with deep maroon/red blades, topped with creamy-white bunny-tail blooms.‘Burgundy Bunny’ is happiest in full sun to part shade, and is hardy in USDA Zones 6 – 9 (down to Zone 5 depending on surroundings). Let’s Ge
“Russian Sage” is Neither (Perovskia)

“Russian Sage” is Neither (Perovskia)

Posted by John Friel on Jul 30th 2021

That’s right, folks: Perovskia is native to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tibet. It’s not from Russia, with or without love.It’s also not a sage, despite the pungent salvia-like aroma released when the silvery foliage is crushed. It’s actually in the mint family.P. atriplicifoliaThe original! Talc-white stems rise from lacy, blue/pewter foliage, adorned with sprays of lavender flowers. Named Perennial Plant of the Year in 1995, it stands a loose-limbed 3 – 4’ and is hardy in Zones 4 – 9. P. hyb
Just When You Think You’ve Seen It All...Pennisetum ‘Yellow Ribbons’

Just When You Think You’ve Seen It All...Pennisetum ‘Yellow Ribbons’

Posted by John Friel on Jul 28th 2021

The genus known as “Fountain grass” is large and multifaceted. We grow over two dozen varieties, covering a wide spectrum of looks, hues and uses.Our Pennisetum offerings range from sturdy little cuties less than a foot tall, up to soaring six-footers. Most are hardy, but some of our most popular cultivars are annuals. With so much variety, you’d think we had all the bases covered. But the plant breeders of the world always have something unexpected up their sleeves.Brent Horvath with ‘Yell

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