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Big Bluestem: Where Pretty Meets Tough

Big Bluestem: Where Pretty Meets Tough

Posted by John Friel on Nov 30th 2021

For centuries, if not millennia, Andropogon gerardii, dominated America’s tallgrass prairies. It’s largely been replaced there by other grasses like Zeamays and Triticumaestivum, a.k.a. corn and wheat.But “big bluestem” is adaptable. It found new homes. Tough and self-reliant, Andropogon became a go-to plant for reclaiming damaged soils. And thanks to modern breeding, it’s increasingly welcome as an ornamental, especially in gardens dedicated to indigenous plants. Here are some of our faves.&nb
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 Nov 26th 2021

Most ornamental grasses thrive in full sun. But most gardens include spots the sun never finds. Must those places remain grassless? Fortunately, no!The shaded landscape can also 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 layers of pendant bamboo-like leaves. It’s happiest in shade, dappled or full. Northern growers can get away with brighter plantings,
Meet our October Rock Star...Beverly Matheny!

Meet our October Rock Star...Beverly Matheny!

Posted by John Friel on Nov 22nd 2021

About the Rock Star AwardOur Rock Star award honors ECG employees who demonstrate a sustained high level of performance and inspire others. Let’s hear it for our latest recipient, Beverly Matheny! Beverly joined ECG in 2015 and spent three years as a production supervisor. That production background became a strong foundation for her current position as Inventory/Fulfillment Specialist. Here’s what her peers and colleagues had to say:“Numbers, thank goodness someone loves them! It is so valuabl
Get Connected! Miscanthus sinensis Bandwidth™

Get Connected! Miscanthus sinensis Bandwidth™

Posted by John Friel on Nov 19th 2021

The world’s premier genus of ornamental grasses includes lots of stunning varieties. We offer three that have a unique advantage: They’re infertile. They can’t self-sow and pop up where they’re not welcome.We’re spotlighting them all, one at a time. We’ve told you about Scout™ and My Fair Maiden™, so let’s wrap up the series with a look at Bandwidth™. You’ll have to set your sights a little lower for this one, as it’s the shortest of the three.Despite its name, B
We’re Fair-ly Certain You’ll Be Impressed! Miscanthus sinensis My Fair Maiden™

We’re Fair-ly Certain You’ll Be Impressed! Miscanthus sinensis My Fair Maiden™

Posted by John Friel on Nov 18th 2021

The world’s premier genus of ornamental grasses includes lots of stunning varieties. We offer three that have a unique advantage: They’re infertile. They can’t self-sow and pop up where they’re not welcome.We’re spotlighting them all, one at a time. We’ve seen Scout™, so now let’s look at My Fair Maiden™. This is a large, impressive grass, tall and broad. Vigorous yet graceful upright/arching clumps are composed of broad blades, bright rich green with clean white midribs. In la

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