Favorite Natives

Rudbeckias – not rude but beautiful and tough

August 22, 2022
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Is it a coneflower? Is it a daisy? No, it’s a Black Eyed Susan, or a Susie. The Rudbeckias (the Latin, or scientific name) are a large genus (a group of living things with similar characteristics that is further subdivided into species), that is familiar to us all. With several different species, there is at […]

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Beach Plum – sweet plant, sour fruit

May 3, 2022
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If you drive down route 1 between Bethany and the bridge, you might see a shrub starting to bloom now, with white to light pink flowers. This is one of our prettiest natives, the Beach Plum, Prunus maritima. Its native habitat is the dunes, where it grows to around 8’ in dense thickets. It is […]

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Fall Color – how plants celebrate the changing of the season

October 25, 2021
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Who doesn’t love the glowing reds, yellows, oranges and all the other colors that make autumn so beautiful? Did you ever wonder what the mechanism is, or how to get more of that beauty in your yard? Growing conditions throughout the season affect fall color, as does current weather. Fall leaf colors are due to […]

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Brandywine Viburnum – beautiful, adaptable, and reliable

October 20, 2021
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Brandywine Viburnum – beautiful, adaptable, and reliable The whole Viburnum family are great shrubs, but today we’ll be talking about one that is looking more and more beautiful everyday – Viburnum nudum ‘Brandywine’. Because the berries are desirable to birds and the flowers to pollinators, this is the ideal shrub for your garden to become […]

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Oakleaf hydrangea – amazing fall color in the shade

September 28, 2021
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Oakleaf hydrangea – a spot of early summer color in the shade The Oakleaf hydrangea , Hydrangea quercifolia, is a dramatic, white-blooming shrub with four seasons of interest. Native to the eastern United States, it is a gorgeous and versatile deciduous shrub which provides a spectacular show all year round. Named after the shape of […]

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Native Shrub Underdog: Fothergilla

September 28, 2021
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A beautiful native shrub that is blooming now is the Fothergilla.  This native shrub deserves the spotlight for its fall foliage show, and spring flowers, ease of care, and versatility round out a profile of a beautiful and multipurpose plant. (Did I mention the gorgeous fall color?) These native shrubs are useful as foundation plants, […]

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Pink Muhly grass – pink clouds for your garden

September 7, 2021
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One of the stand out plants in the fall garden is Pink Muhly grass, Muhlenbergia capillaris. With its clouds of pinkish purple plumes dancing in the wind making a stunning display, it will stop traffic in your neighborhood. Muhly grass is native to the southern and eastern United States. They often grow in dry or […]

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Coneflowers – Low maintenance, High beauty

August 23, 2021
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The purple coneflower – Echinacea purpurea – is one of the most common, and loved native wildflowers. It is beautiful, easy care, not a deer favorite, and comes in different sizes and colors. We wrote about coneflowers last year, but there have been new varieties introduced, and we have learned more about them, so we […]

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Switch grass

August 18, 2021
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Switch grass – Nothing to panic about, a wonderful plant Switch grass, also known as Panic grass, or Panicum virgatum, is one of the most common grasses found here on the Delmarva coast. It is easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade, and it tolerates a wide range […]

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Clethra

July 15, 2021
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In these dog days of summer, when it’s so hot and humid outside, something healthy, flowering and green is a welcome sight in the garden. There is one shrub that shines this time of year, and that is the shrub aptly known as Summersweet or Sweet pepperbush, or Clethra alnifolia. Clethra is native to the […]

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