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No Sympathy for Symphyotrichum - Aster novae-angliae ‘Grape Crush’ & ‘Purple Dome’

No Sympathy for Symphyotrichum - Aster novae-angliae ‘Grape Crush’ & ‘Purple Dome’

Posted by John Friel on Nov 10th 2022

The “aster disaster” rocked the perennial world over 20 years ago when that venerable genus was torn asunder.Those darned taxonomists shipped all “New World” asters off to tongue-twisting new genera like Eurybia, Doellingeria and, in the case of our two favorites, Symphiotrichum.Many professionals snubbed the neologisms and kept right on calling them “asters.” That’s where you’ll find them in our catalog, with Symphiotrichum second. Because that’s where our customers look for them. By any name,
Let It Snow(cap)! Leucanthemum xsuperbum

Let It Snow(cap)! Leucanthemum xsuperbum

Posted by John Friel on Nov 3rd 2022

Few perennials are better known or more appreciated than the beautiful and talented Shasta daisy. Its cheerful white-petaled, gold-centered blooms brighten any sunny border. Varieties span a wide range including single, semi-double and fluffy double forms. Heights range from under a foot to over three feet. One of our favorites (and yours, too, judging by sales) is in the compact category. L. xs. ‘Snowcap’: This low-growing, uniform gem covers itself with large, lovely white single dai
Let’s Cover Some More Ground! (Hypericum calycinum)

Let’s Cover Some More Ground! (Hypericum calycinum)

Posted by John Friel on Sep 7th 2022

What comes to mind when someone says “groundcover?” First, you picture the two or three species you see everywhere. Next, you yawn. Right?Wake up and smell the coffee! Groundcovers don’t have to be the same old ho-hum stuff. There are fantastic choices in our perennial and grass lineup. Look out, here comes another one! Hypericum calycinum “One of the finest groundcovers available,” says Dr. Allan Armitage. This tidy grower, taller than most groundcovers, features green foliage neatly arranged
STARS OF THE PERENNIAL BORDER A Galaxy of Nifty Natives, Chapter 1

STARS OF THE PERENNIAL BORDER A Galaxy of Nifty Natives, Chapter 1

Posted by John Friel on Sep 2nd 2022

Looking to add some stellar selections to your perennial lineup? You’re in the right place. These proven all-stars always come shining through. Echinacea purpurea Ruby Star A superior, classic, large-flowered selection. Carmine-red petals remain horizontal, not reflexed, for a more colorful show than the straight species. “Purple coneflower” is beloved by birds, bees and butterflies. Goldfinches especially love to perch and dine on the spiky central seed cones after the petals drop. Hei
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 19th 2022

Right now, you can save 35% on this compact, upright beauty.Sedum 'Mr. Goodbud'PP17671 (72 cell)LIST .75 each (add .20 royalty) SALE .488 each (add .20 royalty)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, persi

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