The lone voice of horticultural reason

Dear Nursery Industry: Don’t make bizarre plants just for the hell of it.

Here you see one of the latest, the must-have plant of the year: Jackson & Perkins’ Echinacea ‘Doppelganger.’

Echinacea ‘Doppelganger.’

Lordy mercy my. Don’t you nursery nerds have enough to do trying to make plants flower alternating petals in orange and black? You actually think we wanted this Frankensteinian monster? What are you doing in your plant propagation labs, whipping up batches of LSD and testing it before you turn to the matter at hand? Please, PLEASE return to making an even smaller, more vapid version of that worthless ‘Stella de Oro’ daylily.

I love the press release that came with this photo; it refers to ‘Doppelganger’ as a “fascinating” Echinacea with “double-decker blooms.”

Well, mass murderers are fascinating. Hey, Jackson & Perkins: ‘Doppelganger’ doesn’t look pretty, you morons, it looks DISEASED!!!

Don Engebretson
The Renegade Gardener