S'S Farm Nursery - Rare and New or Tried and True?
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have, quite honestly, a stupendous selection of Plants!
course of the entire season somewhere near 2000 Varieties and Species. Many of
those are the Rare and Unusual or Rare
and New. (Oh yeh,
we're plant junkies too - so we definitely have those!) BUT
the Backbone of the Perennial Border will always be the Tried and
True. And there's a reason -- they've stood the test of time.
They've proven themselves across the country, in varying conditions.
It amazes us how few Online Sources offer these plants -- dropping them in
favor of whatever's hot that year. The
Perennial Plants of the Year and the absolute 'Must Haves', like Echinacea purpurea 'Whatever Your Choice of Cultivar', Rudbeckias,
etc. -- these hard working,
great performers are dropped in favor of whatever is Newer or More Rare
(but not always better.) It's like Reverse
We protest in their behalf! They may not be the hottest,
the newest and and often, not the most expensive -- BUT they've stood the
test of time!
Rare and New should ever nudge these Tried and True plants from the
shelf! (Leucanthemum 'Becky, Rubeckia 'Herbstonne' and 'Goldstrum'
and Verbena bonariensis.)
gorgeous and dependable, Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' and Agastache x 'Blue
Fortune'. (Although I must admit, that I'm worried in behalf of
Echinacea 'Magnus' because... (see right>>>)
we luck out and the hottest New plants are instantly Tried and
True by virtue of their parentage: In this case, the hot new
Echinaceas: Fragrant Angel,
Sundown, Razamatazz, Orange Meadowbrite, Mango Meadowbrite and
least you misunderstand, we don't keep propagating every plant we've ever
owned when an improved and proven replacement comes along. Sadly,
in '07, we bid a fond farewell to one of the all time greats -
Echinacea 'White Swan' -- we simply couldn't justify keeping it when 'Fragrant Angel' is a look alike, stellar, dependable performer and
FRAGRANT. We don't just sell Perennials, like most
online sources. The fact is, we grow the plants we sell and then we put
them in our gardens to see if what 'they' say is true. Is it Better
or is just Newer? Obviously, we have to allow for our high summer
temperatures, high humidity, terrible clay soil, etc. and do grow things
for other parts of the country that we simply can't grow 'well' in our
gardens but can grow successfully for a year in pots. Some Tried and
True Dianthus and Yarrows are like that. They are tried and true
across most of the country but just aren't great here.
probably figured out by now that we're the Champions of the Timex Plants -
the ones that "Take a Lickin' and Keep on Ticken'" We believe that a
garden needs them both -- the New Stars, with the excitement, the
challenge, the joy of growing the most 'Rare and New, Stop-You-In-Your-Tracks-Perennials' you can find but with a Supporting Cast of those
Perennials that have always held the best gardens together -- the Tried
and True Perennials that have proven themselves to be truly
indulge yourself -- buy that new, can't live without, latest greatest
Perennial but don't forget those plants that have been holding great
gardens together for decades -- the Tried and True.
& Pete Sheuchenko