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AND NOW FOR SOMETHING JUST DIFFERENT ENOUGH (Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Twilight Zone’)

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING JUST DIFFERENT ENOUGH (Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Twilight Zone’)

Posted by John Friel on Aug 24th 2022

Our latest “little bluestem” marks our tenth offering in this increasingly-popular group. And every one of them is the 2022 Perennial Plant of the Year: For just the second time in that award’s 32-year history, the Perennial Plant Association has bestowed it upon an entire species including all its cultivars.‘Twilight Zone’ PP27432 lights up the border with a unique, almost glowing, silvery/mauve cast to its mature foliage. As the season progresses, the silver persists even as the mauve tones se
HOW DO YOU MAKE A GREAT THING GREATER? Just add Butterscotch™

HOW DO YOU MAKE A GREAT THING GREATER? Just add Butterscotch™

Posted by John Friel on Aug 18th 2022

Amsonia x Butterscotch™ brings a fresher, richer, healthier glow to a famous native perennial genus. Like Amsonia hubrichtii, Butterscotch™ is in constant graceful motion in the slightest breeze. It, too, has starry blue flowers in spring. And like its more famous sibling, its billowy masses of fine, rich green foliage segue to a beautiful golden autumn color. So how is it different? Let us recount the ways:■ Leaf Color: Butterscotch’s slim leaves take on a deeper, richer golden hue in fal
HELLO, COLUMBUS! Or... not.

HELLO, COLUMBUS! Or... not.

Posted by John Friel on Jul 6th 2022

Every July, the green industry converges on Columbus, Ohio. As surely as monarchs migrate to Mexico, plantsfolk flock (say that three times fast) to get their new, warm-from-the-oven Emerald Coast Growers starter plant catalog.OK. We know you’re really coming to Ohio for Cultivate. Even our most loyal customers know Booth #2313 isn’t really the navel of the hardy plant world. The green industry’s best trade show/education combo wasn’t really built around our industry-leading selection. But it’s
GOODBYE COLUMBUS!  A Post-Cultivate Recap

GOODBYE COLUMBUS! A Post-Cultivate Recap

Posted by John Friel on Jul 19th 2021

The biggest hort show of ‘em all, Cultivate ’21, made history, and is history.We at ECG were very pleased to greet so many of our friends, colleagues, brokers and even competitors at our booth (or theirs).But of course, we were especially delighted to catch up with our customers, large, small and in-between. It’s better to rub elbows than to bump them.  We were also gratified by all the attention paid to our latest introduction, Schizachyrium scoparium Shining Star™ (ECGSS) PPAF. In
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like... Christmas?  (Begonia)

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like... Christmas? (Begonia)

Posted by John Friel on Jul 16th 2021

There’s no time like the Dog Days to plan for the Holidays!The breeding wizards at Terra Nova Nurseries have outdone themselves – again! – with their world-class Begonias. These multi-purpose beauties are sensational as houseplants, in mixed containers, or in the shaded summer border. And they shine brightest as seasonal decor.We’re known for hardy grasses and perennials, but we have a tender spot for irresistible tender plants. We couldn’t resist these. Your customers won’t, either! Begonia T

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