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Blades of Glory (Carex morrowii ‘Ice Dance’)

Blades of Glory (Carex morrowii ‘Ice Dance’)

Posted by John Friel on Dec 14th 2022

Carex morrowii ‘Ice Dance’: Graceful as a Salchow‘Ice Dance’ has long been one of the most popular and versatile varieties in our ornamental grass lineup. Carex, of course, is not a true grass; it’s a sedge. But let’s not quibble. This petite gem works in the border, as edging, or in containers. It’s even used as a substitute for Hosta! ‘Ice Dance’ features wide green leaves with creamy white margins, charmingly displayed in a gracefully arching habit. It gleams in full sun and glows in light
Some Like it Cool - Part 2 (Aquilegia)

Some Like it Cool - Part 2 (Aquilegia)

Posted by John Friel on Nov 17th 2022

Energy Efficient Early Perennials – Columbine “And the eagle flies with the dove.” – Stephen StillsYou know “cool crops” as a description of certain annuals that don’t need (or like) lots of heat to finish for spring sales. Well, it’s not just for annuals anymore. Pick the right early flowering perennials, and you can realize significant energy savings. If you like your benches full and your heating bills low, we’ve got the perfect perennials for you. Aquilegia is a prime early bloomer, a t
Plant It Where the Sun Don't Shine...Hakonechloa macra

Plant It Where the Sun Don't Shine...Hakonechloa macra

Posted by John Friel on Oct 14th 2022

Hakonechloa macraMost ornamental grasses thrive in full sun. But most gardens have areas the sun just can’t find. Must those places remain grassless? Fortunately, no!The shaded landscape can also employ and enjoy the graceful form and movement that only grasses bring. The go-to genus: Hakonechloa, Japanese forest grass.This sinuous beauty grows as water flows, welling up and cascading down in supple layers of pendant, bamboo-like leaves. It’s happiest in shade, dappled or full. Northern growers

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