Spring Natives

Columbine
(Aguilegia canadensis)

March 31, 2020
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1.5’ tall and wide Part shade, average well drained soil. Somewhat drought tolerant Will seed itself around if it’s happy Beautiful leaves and flowers, good early hummingbird plant. Cut back in summer if leaf miners present in foliage, and it will grow back

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Crested Iris
(Iris cristata)

March 31, 2020
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6” tall and wide, tiny and delicate Part shade, rich humusy soil, even moisture Don’t plant it too deep, the rhizomes need to be close to the soil surface Beautiful, tiny Iris. Doesn’t like fertilizer. Great foliage when the lovely flowers are finished

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Coral honeysuckle
(Lonicera sempervirens)

March 31, 2020
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Vine, to 20’ Full sun, average soil and moisture Vigorous twining vine needs support Beautiful scarlet/coral flowers are hummingbird magnets

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Solomon seal
(Polygonatum biflorum)

March 31, 2020
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12 – 24” tall and wide. Spreads to make a nice clump Part shade to shade. Rich soil, even moisture Wonderful textural accent with arching stems Beautiful hanging flowers, it grows nicely with other plants

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Creeping phlox
(Phlox subulata)

March 31, 2020
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6” tall by 2’ wide Sun, average soils and moisture Beautiful cascading over a rock wall, or down the side of a container Early spring blooms in many colors – many cultivars available to brighten your garden, with evergreen leaves

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Dutchmans breeches
(Dicentra cucullaria)

March 31, 2020
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6 – 8” tall and wide Bright shade, even moisture, rich organic soil The flowers look like a cute pair of pants. Pollinated by bumblebees Spring ephemeral – goes dormant in mid summer and dies back

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Virginia Bluebells
(Mertensia virginica)

March 31, 2020
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To 18” x 12” wide Bright shade, rich soils, rich, slightly acidic soil Beautiful massed, a carpet of bluebells is breathtaking Flowers start out pink, turning blue. Spring ephemeral, goes dormant and dies back in summer

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Foam Flower

Foamflower
(Tiarella cordifolia)

March 31, 2020
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1’ tall and wide Part shade, average to moist well-drained soil Great shade ground cover Beautiful fluffy spring flowers, very nice foliage

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Bleeding heart
(Dicentra eximia)

March 31, 2020
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1.5’ tall and wide Part shade, rich, acidic, humusy soils, even moisture, not too wet in winter If it’s happy, you’ll find it self seeding around, but it’s never a problem. Pretty foliage, nice flowers early spring to early summer

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