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LOW PROFILE. HIGH PERFORMANCE! Ground-Hugging Veronica

LOW PROFILE. HIGH PERFORMANCE! Ground-Hugging Veronica

Posted by John Friel on May 11th 2022

Say Veronica, and many of us picture flower spikes rising a foot or two in mid-border. But another category of “speedwell” keeps a lower profile. These varieties charm as groundcovers and edging, or planted as a “spiller” in containers or beside stone walls. Here’s the lowdown.Veronica peduncularis ‘Georgia Blue’Mats of small round leaves disappear under a slathering of tiny blue flowers with white eye zones. The foliage turns dark green in summer, then bronze in fall. The name is from Eura
Goddesses vs Queens - Artemisia (Wormwood)

Goddesses vs Queens - Artemisia (Wormwood)

Posted by John Friel on May 10th 2022

Artemis, Greek goddess of the hunt, was the daughter of Zeus and twin sister of Apollo. Wielding a bow and arrow, she drove a chariot pulled by golden-horned stags.Which fails to explain why a genus of soft, silvery perennials, medicinals and annuals is named for her -- if it is: The name may actually honor Artemisia II of Anatolia (now Asia Minor), a botanist, doctor and 4th century BC queen.Whichever eponym you prefer, here are two newcomers that belong in your perennial selection. Introduce y
A SUPERB SUCCULENT SELECTION – ON SALE! World-class, award-winning Sedum

A SUPERB SUCCULENT SELECTION – ON SALE! World-class, award-winning Sedum

Posted by John Friel on May 6th 2022

Everybody loves succulents for carefree performance. Everybody loves Sedum for beautiful late-season blooms. And everybody loves a sale for... well, you know! Sedum ‘Mr. Goodbud’ PP17671 won the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit in 2006, and still stacks up beautifully against later introductions.‘Mr. Goodbud’ features large, persistent heads of dark mauve florets erupting from light-colored buds. Like other Terra Nova Nursery varieties, the flowers hold their color for weeks and weeks
A 5/5 Fiesta!

A 5/5 Fiesta!

Posted by John Friel on May 5th 2022

Celebrate with these FIVE fine varieties on SALE now.35% off list price, no other volume discounts applySale begins immediately with first ship date May 16, 2022 Sale runs through July 4, 2022 or until we’re sold out! Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron' (72 cell) LIST 1.79 each SALE 1.163 eachPhalaris a. 'Picta' (38 cell) LIST 1.38 each SALE .897 eachPhalaris a. 'Dwarf Garters' (38 cell) LIST 1.38 each SALE .897 eachSedum s. 'Fireglow' (72 cell) LIST .75 each SALE .488 eachSedum 'Mr.
When the Emperor had Purple Clothes  (Verbena xcanadensis ‘Homestead Purple’)

When the Emperor had Purple Clothes (Verbena xcanadensis ‘Homestead Purple’)

Posted by John Friel on May 4th 2022

Purple is such a striking hue, Rome once decreed that only the emperor could wear it. But it’s also one of Nature’s favorite colors. She bestowed it lavishly upon numerous genera in the plant kingdom and even some in the animal (think birds and fish).Verbena ‘Homestead Purple’ straddles the annual/perennial line: Technically it’s a perennial, but it’s tender enough that in northern climes, it’s used as an annual and replaced each year. Whichever way works in your zone, it’s a worthy additio

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