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Tuffy Plants: Trial Update – Dianella Blaze

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Yes, we have introduced quite a few Dianella, or flax lily, over the last few years.  However, there is one that is proving as elusive as it is exciting: Dianella tasmanica ‘NPW2’ “Blaze”.  During the cool months, this selection has great maroon or purple hues throughout the foliage and, in some climates, appears almost completely […]

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Tuffy Spotlight: Dianella Cassa Blue

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We have introduced several flax lily (Dianella sp.) selections from our friends in Australia as part of our “Celebrated Plants” collection of drought tolerant, cold hardy grasses (although, not technically grasses :)).  Most have become pretty popular on the west coast where they seem to blend in very well with the Mediterranean and xeric landscapes […]

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Fast to Establish Dianella: A Grower’s Trial

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If you are going to introduce a new ornamental plant to market and ask growers to grow it, brokers to sell it and architects/designers to spec it, then you better know what you’re talking about!  Learned this one the hard way early on…So, whenever possible we like to try our new plants out across a […]

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Australian Grasses for Green Roof Applications

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I was speaking with an architect this past week about our Celebrated Plants collection of drought-tolerant Australian grasses and the subject of Green Roofs came up (as it often does these days). For years, this was a common occurrence and, until recently, I really didn’t have much of an answer for those folks who wanted […]

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