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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
Pins & Needles! Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’ & ‘Pink Mist’

Pins & Needles! Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’ & ‘Pink Mist’

Posted by John Friel on Apr 29th 2022

Cheerful, sun-loving and easy to grow – what’s not to like? Award-winning British breeder David Tristram (UK) gave the world’s gardeners many lovely varieties in multiple species. These two are probably his best-known and most widely-distributed work.‘Butterfly Blue’ was the Perennial Plant Association’s choice for Perennial Plant of the Year in 2000. ‘Pink Mist’ was bred specifically to keep it company. Both perform best in full sun, and in slightly moist but well-drained soil. Once establ
OUTSTANDING & UPSTANDING! Achillea Sassy Summer Series

OUTSTANDING & UPSTANDING! Achillea Sassy Summer Series

Posted by John Friel on Apr 19th 2022

For years we’ve griped about the industry’s relentless push to make plants smaller. Finally, someone pushed back. Renowned breeder Hans Hansen selected his Sassy Summer series for several desirable traits: Big flowers, and lots of ‘em; attractive silvery foliage with a dense, upright habit; and, drum roll please, sturdy stems that stand up to wind and rain. Mind you, these are nicely-proportioned plants, not skinny skyscrapers. Sassy Summer varieties hoist cheerful flowers up to three feet
POP THIS BUBBLE IN YOUR LINEUP! Veronica spicata Bubblegum Candles PP29780

POP THIS BUBBLE IN YOUR LINEUP! Veronica spicata Bubblegum Candles PP29780

Posted by John Friel on Apr 15th 2022

The name says it all: Pink and sweet like bubblegum, upright and bright like a candle!Bubblegum Candles brings a tasty POP! of color to the sunny garden. Its reblooming character means it keeps its flavor for a long time. Just 8” tall by 10” wide, this diminutive powerhouse bursts in borders and crackles in containers. The explosion of eye-candy color is neatly nestled above toothy, rich green leaves for a delicious show.Bring some sweet temptation to your perennial lineup with Bubblegum C
Meet our March 2022 Rock Star...Jessica Hyler.

Meet our March 2022 Rock Star...Jessica Hyler.

Posted by John Friel on Apr 13th 2022

About the Rock Star Award Our Rock Star award honors ECG employees who demonstrate a sustained high level of performance and inspire others.  Standing atop the podium this month is our latest winner, Jessica Hyler. Jessica is a valued member of the Production Crew at our Milton location. She’s spent the last two years working exclusively in ornamental grass production. She’s earned the respect of her colleagues, as you can see from their nominations. "Jessica is hard work

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