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Posted by Paul on Dec 9th 2020

It’s rank blasphemy to rank any ornamental grass higher than world-famous Calamagrostos 'Karl Foerster'. It is, after all, the first grass ever named Perennial Plant of the Year, and rightly so. It’s a handsome workhorse that makes a designer look like a genius. And it’s one of our top sellers. You won’t hear us dis it.But we WILL say there are other options in that very same species that give you Karl’s legendary reliability in a fresh… Read more

Posted by John on Nov 10th 2020

Geography Lessons in the GardenA good mixed perennial border is like a trip around the globe. Let’s start up north and work our way south, as wise migratory birds and human snowbirds do before winter sets in. This particular migration takes us from the world’s largest island to the USA. Polemonium boreale 'Heavenly Habit'The specific epithet is the ticket. “Boreal” is Latin for north, as in the Aurora borealis, a.k.a. the northern l… Read more

Posted by John on Sep 23rd 2020

We’re big fans of Carex. We’re hooked!This is a multi-talented group whose members shine as individuals or in masses. Carex can edge borders and fill containers. It can be “green mulch” or a lawn alternative. It looks, grows and sells like a grass, but it’s actually a sedge, in the Cyperaceae family.Growth habit in general is clumping and cascading, with many variations. Foliage colors comprise a rainbow spectrum including handsome bronze, chocol… Read more

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