How do you feel about variegation? Some people love it; others despise it – rarely do you find someone who can take it or leave it. Our own James Brown doesn’t meet too many variegated plants he can’t live without- which may help explain our limited selection of variegated plants. Some of the variegated plants […]

Recently we sent an email out to our list that, in part, touted Phlox stolonifera (Creeping Phlox) as a good green mulch. We thought we would take some time here to explain what exactly a green mulch is and how to make it work. Mulch, as is commonly used in the American ornamental landscape is […]

If you are on our email list you may have received an email recently extolling the virtues of Sorghastrum nutans, or Indian Grass. You may have heard about allelopathic properties attributed to Sorghastrum nutans. This means that, similar to Juglans nigra (Black Walnut), the plant exudes plant growth regulating chemicals that inhibit plant growth around […]

You may notice our plant inventory and online plant list still feature the genus Aster. You may be of a certain age to remember when Asters were Asters. Though the name changes happened in the early 2000s and are based on a 1994 genetic study of all asters, you, like us, may still be having […]

The nodding onion was recently featured in a research paper about how climate change is affecting the colors of flowers. Our own native, Allium cernuum was one of 12 species studied. The research, by lead researcher Cierra Sullivan out of Clemson University’s Department of Biological Sciences showed a link between climate change and an increase […]

Nope, not spiky, thorny, spiny or prickly plants. These are plants with cardinal points. You probably read in a recent email update* about Echinacea tennesseensis ‘Rocky Top’ and the fact that its flowers always point east. The same is true with sunflowers. While researchers are still not quite sure why this is the case, there […]

When planning projects we are often considering diversity: the diversity of the animals who will be using them, pollinators, beneficial insects, birds, mammals; the diversity of seasonal interest: flowering time, showy fruits, good fall color, winter structure; the diversity of texture, shape and size. But have you considered the diversity of the roots of plants […]

You all are probably are familiar with Doug Tallamy’s first book – Bringing Nature Home. If you aren’t you should be! Written in 2007, this guide to gardening for wildlife and why has become a bible for the conservation minded home gardener. An article about a book from 2007 may feel like a Throwback Thursday […]

Janet Jackson’s classic “Nasty” let people know she demanded respect. Her full name in the song is Janet Privacy Control 💪. Her first name ain’t baby. But if you are nasty you can call her Miss Jackson. If you are unsure of the reference – is that possible? – here is a video: We have […]

We choose what plants we grow based on a few things, some of those considerations are: Do we like them? Do you want them? Can we grow them? Will they grow well? Do we think you should be growing them? Can we make money growing and selling them? There are many reasons you may or […]