Emerald Coast Growers Expands Native Wonders North American Native Plants Collection
Pensacola, Fla., October 1, 2009
“Each of these new varieties builds on our full range of North American natives, giving growers a new way to distinguish themselves from the competition,” said Cheri Markowitz, Emerald Coast Growers’ sales manager. “Every plant in the collection takes full advantage of the natives’ striking habits yet also provides the versatility to perform for many different uses.”
One of North America’s largest ornamental grass liner suppliers, Emerald Coast Growers selects Native Wonders grasses and perennials for their easy-to-grow features plus vibrant fall colors and interesting habits.
The newest varieties in the Native Wonders North American native grasses program include:
Andropogon glomeratus (Bushy beard bluestem) Great texture and presence with a sturdy, upright habit in plants that grow 2-4’ tall. Green leaves turn a beautiful copper-orange in fall and retain color well into winter. Excellent in groupings or as a specimen. Full sun, Zones 5-9
Bouteloua curtipendula (Sideoats grama grass) Noted for its distinctive arrangement of oat-like seed spikes suspended from one side of the stem. Purplish-tinged flowers grace narrow, bluish-gray arching leaves. Foliage turns golden-brown for fall, then develops orange and red hues. Plants grow 24-36” tall and are great in masses. Full sun, Zones 3-10
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge) Lovely soft, curling pale green foliage turns light brown for winter. A superior groundcover, use it in masses to soften and brighten a damp, shady area. At 8-10”, great in containers too! Full sun to partial shade, Zones 4-9
Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie dropseed) Graceful and upright with arching emerald green blades, this fine-textured grass features delicately fragrant blooms for fall. Foliage turns gold orange in autumn and fades to creamy white for winter. Plants grow 2-3’ tall. Full sun, Zones 3-9
The Native Wonders program now features 28 varieties of ornamental grasses and perennials available in sizes from the jumbo 21 landscaping plug to the economical 128 cell tray.
For more information on Emerald Coast Growers’ Native Wonders North American natives program, call 877-804-7277 or visit www.ecgrowers.com