As much as we love to admire and sniff them, flowers aren’t just for our enjoyment. They are essential elements of the ecosystem. Winged bugs of all stripes love and depend on flowers for nutrition and survival. Let’s do our part to nurture a robust pollinator population by planting the right varieties that benefit them most.Read More
You may already love Coneflowers for their impressive tolerance of high heat, humidity, drought and other environmental stresses, but those aren’t the only tricks this perennial has up its sleeve. Did you know that the root of Echinacea angustifolia was originally used to treat toothache, tonsillitis, and pain in the bowels? The story goes that Native Americans discovered the healing powers of this flower when they noticed that sick Elk would seek out and eat the plant. Ever since then, Echinacea has been a popular natural remedy in America, revered for its immune-boosting effect. It has been used to treat everything from the common cold all the way up to rattlesnake bites!
Scientific analysis of Echinacea has found that the fat-soluble alkylamides in the plant have an immunomodulatory effect, increasing our immune system’s ability to fight antigens. The chemical basis for this is complex, and the exact chain of cause-and-effect has not been determined yet, but the prevailing wisdom is that Echinacea can temporarily boost your immune system, which makes it a great thing to take when you first feel a tickle in your throat, or when someone in your household comes down with a cold. I personally wouldn’t rely on Echinacea to save me from a snake bite, but I have found it effective so far at keeping the cold and flu at bay.
The potent medicinal value of this timeless perennial is one of many reasons that back in 2014 the National Garden Bureau named it the “Year of the Echinacea”!Read More
We’ve all got our favorite color, that one that just seems to “pop” for us more than all the others. For me, that color is orange; nothing seems quite so vibrant as a bright orange bloom on a sunny day. Whenever I come across a particularly beautiful orange specimen, I just think about how good it would look in a whole orange arrangement. That’s why I put together this garden design to serve as a planner for myself and the other orange-aholics out there.Read More
The National Garden Bureau has declared 2014 the Year of the Echinacea, and I say it is about time! Echinacea is one of those rare perennials where the both the petals and the center of the flower are highly attractive, not to mention the fact that they are so easy to grow: these little troopers are so robust and healthy that they are about as close to invulnerable as a flower can get.Read More
We were really pleased last year when our customers seemed to like the Echinacea ‘Coconut Lime’ as much as we did around here. That’s a big part of why we’re really stoked to be offering the Echinacea ‘Cotton Candy’ this fall. Cotton Candy is a real improvement over the popular Razzmatazz, with significantly larger blooms (at up to 4 inches, it’s the biggest double pom-pom we’ve seen). Those big blooms come along with sturdier stems, and this coneflower stands up beautifully to inclement weather, keeping those beautiful blooms through wind and rain. The superior size and sturdiness also means that Cotton Candy holds up even better in the vase. If you keep cutting the flowers on this plant, it will keep giving you more to cut for months.
This Arie Blom creation starts as a small green center, and as it develops turns to one of the most vivid pinks I’ve ever seen on a flower (keeping a tiny green spot on top for much of its development). Plant these stunning flowers next to Coconut Lime for a really interesting look in your sunny garden.Read More