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The Best New Perennials of 2019

The Best New Perennials of 2019


Posted on Mar 22, 2019 | 0 comments

Spring is here and at Wayside Gardens we want you to have your best garden yet! We’ve cultivated a list of our favorite new perennials of 2019 so that you can fill your landscape with some of our most unique, exceptional, and highly recommended plants! Here are five perennials that we’re obsessed with for 2019!  

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Creating a Pollinator Paradise

Creating a Pollinator Paradise


Posted on Aug 18, 2017 | 0 comments

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.

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The Healing Power of Coneflowers

The Healing Power of Coneflowers


Posted on Jun 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Echinacea (Coneflower)

Echinacea (Coneflower)

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”!

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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 tangerine colored specimen. I think about how good it would look in a whole orange themed arrangement. That’s why I put together this garden design. To serve as a planner for myself and the other orange-aholics out there.
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