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Green is the New Mulch

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 […]

Name Changes

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 […]

Plants with a Point

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 […]

Considering Root Diversity

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 […]

Miss Jackson if you’re nasty…

Janet Jackson’s classic “Nasty” let people know she demanded respect. Her full name in the song is Janet Privacy Control ūüí™. 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 […]

The Shape of Flowers

Attracting pollinators and beneficial insects is an often cited reason for planting native plants. Dwindling numbers of honey bees ¬†and¬† monarchs makes the news and people want to help by planting the food they like – flowers! As we know there are more insects than honey bees and monarch butterflies and many of them face […]

Native (and other) Plants for Septic Drainfields

  Many landscapes featuring native plants the one glaring exception to the diversity in seasonal color, floral display and wildlife supported is the septic drainage field. This is often identified in the landscape as a closely trimmed mound of lawn grass. The reasons lawn grasses are used here are the same reasons they do not […]

Research: Relative performance of native cultivar and wild collected seed for grassland restoration

The dearth of recent research relating to native plants, native cultivars and plugs is conspicuous. We tend to look for this type of information and share it when we find it. We aim to provide our customers and blog visitors fact-based information to help with decision making and to help provide information that will assist […]

Beyond Sedums: Native Plants for Green Roofs

Green roofs abound. Even little bird houses, like these at the Smithsonian Gardens, are popping up with their own garden rooftops. In our opinion, there are not enough yet and some serious research needs to be done in adaptive reuse, engineering and regulation for turning existing asphalt roofs into heightened oases. Whether it’s a tool […]

Joe Pye Weed Safari

Joe Pye Weed, the artist formerly known as Eupatorium purpureum,¬†is currently known to the up and coming horticulturists, landscape architects, conservationists, growers, and others out there learning now or willing to make the transition (we are not as you will notice in our catalog), as¬†Eutrochium purpureum. Pretty common and readily available, you all probably know […]