Breaking Dormancy – – Cold Stratification

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In many parts of the Northern Hemisphere right now nature is busy breaking seed dormancy through the application of cold and moisture. Some seeds, often perennials, exhibit dormancy or “the incapacity of a viable seed to germinate under favorable conditions.”(1)  Dormancy fulfills an important function for plants since it allows seeds to survive conditions and […]

More New Garden Flowers

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We have added some colorful, favorite garden flowers to our offerings this year. Lobelia ‘Crystal Palace’ (Lobelia erinus) is an old-fashioned annual favorite that can be used for rock gardens, beds, border edges and containers. The compact plants have deep blue flowers that bloom all summer long and can be planted in full sun or […]

New Garden Everlastings

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New for 2016 are a variety of flowers known as “everlastings” or, in France, as “immortelles.” These are flowers that keep their color and form when they are dried. Many of these species have colorful, papery petals or bracts that are dry and stiff while still attached to the living plant.

New Natives for 2016

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Desert Penstemon (Penstemon pseudospectabilis) is a perennial that is native to southern California,  Arizona and western New Mexico.  The rose colored flowers last for many weeks and are spectacular when planted in large groups.  Desert Penstemon is perfect for the western Xeriscape garden and pollinator plantings.   The flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, honey bees and […]

Fall Bloomers – Perennials

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Although the name New England Aster seems to imply that this plant is only native to the northeast, this fall-blooming perennial is actually native to most of the United States and much of Canada. It prefers full sun and moist soils. This is one of the showiest asters, blooming from late August into October and attaining a […]