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Mmmmm… What’s That Smell? Wait, don’t tell me – it’s lavender, of course!

Mmmmm… What’s That Smell? Wait, don’t tell me – it’s lavender, of course!

Posted by John Friel on Jun 30th 2022

Yes, it’s Lavandula, all right. Nothing else can match the fresh, clean fragrance of this legendary herb. We know that fragrance well, since we grow 12 varieties in several species. Let’s look at four of them, shall we?L. angustifolia The specific epithet means “narrow-leaved.” Which is much more accurate than the common name “English lavender”, since it’s of Mediterranean origin. It acquired its nickname because it grows great in Great Britain.Big Time Blue PP24827 Wider than it is tall at ma
Nothing Rhymes with Festuca ~ But it plays well with almost everything!

Nothing Rhymes with Festuca ~ But it plays well with almost everything!

Posted by John Friel on Jun 24th 2022

Consistently among our best-selling genera, “Blue fescue” is a compact, easy-care, multi-purpose, cool-season grass that fits a multitude of situations. It shines in borders in sun or part shade, adds intriguing texture to mixed containers, and can even handle the feast-or-famine irrigation cycle on green roofs. What’s your pleasure?‘Boulder Blue’ This classic variety features cute, compact tufts of wiry/spiky blue foliage. Selected in Colorado, so you know it can handle heat. Height 6 – 10”, h
Maiden Grass Voyage ~ A NEW! Infertile Miscanthus

Maiden Grass Voyage ~ A NEW! Infertile Miscanthus

Posted by John Friel on Jun 22nd 2022

From the breeding wizardry of North Carolina State University comes another unique, garden-worthy, infertile grass: Miscanthus High Frequency™.High Frequency™ stands five feet tall in flower, and is hardy in USDA Zones 5–10. Gracefully arching, rust-resistant blades are heavily cross-banded with gold bars. And it’s bred to be infertile, so you can be confident that its gleaming presence will remain exactly where it’s planted. CULTURAL INFORMATION Cell Size: 38 cell tray.&n
Meet Our May 2022 Rock Star . . .Johnathon Watson

Meet Our May 2022 Rock Star . . .Johnathon Watson

Posted by John Friel on Jun 21st 2022

About the Rock Star AwardOur Rock Star award honors ECG employees who demonstrate a sustained high level of performance and inspire others. Our latest recipient: Johnathan Watson, part of the grass production team at Milton. From management and peers alike, Johnathan has earned respect for two key assets: His rock-solid reliability, and his willingness to work hard at whatever task is assigned. Those traits were cited repeatedly by those who nominated him.“Johnathan is a key member of the grass
Shhh! Please don’t tell our Echinacea it’s time to flower.

Shhh! Please don’t tell our Echinacea it’s time to flower.

Posted by John Friel on Jun 17th 2022

(We’re keeping it in the dark!)Sales Opportunity: Late summer/early fall market for fresh, flowering perennials.  Sales Barrier: Perennial fave Echinacea is flowered out, way past “fresh” by then.Winning Solution: Our short-day Echinacea program!Starting in spring, we delay the flowering response of a popular coneflower by manipulating (shortening) its daylength. The treated liners are like little green time machines: They make up for lost time in your pots, setting buds and blooming weeks

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