Monthly Archives: November 2016

Fall Colors in the Shade Garden

by Dina Lehmann-Kim, Master Gardener Fall on the East Coast usually conjures up the colors associated with the incredible display of the season’s changing leaves— brilliant oranges, fiery reds, and bright yellows. The Shade Garden has some of these, but … Continue reading

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GRASS: Muhlenbergia capillaris (Muhly Grass)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic The thin blades of this spectacular species droop at the tips to form a fine textured skirt for the airy, rosy-red plumes displayed in a spherical crown. The genus name of this plant honors Henry … Continue reading

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November Notes from the Organic Vegetable Garden, in Potomac Overlook Regional Park

Putting the Garden to Bed By Certified Master Gardener Nancy Dowling If you come to the Organic Vegetable Garden today, you will see nearly every bed green with foliage. Does that surprise you? Well, it shouldn’t. Remember in my very … Continue reading

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SHRUB: Photinia melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic This attractive native member of the Rose family is often found in bogs, swamps, and moist thickets and sometimes on drier balds and rock outcroppings throughout eastern North America.  Its common name refers … Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Vernonia noveboracensis (New York Ironweed)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Fluffy deep purple blooms atop 8-foot tall sturdy stalks draw bees and butterflies from mid-summer into fall.  This member of the daisy family is at home in fields, along stream banks, and in freshwater marshes. The Virginia Native … Continue reading

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TREE: Magnolia virginiana (Sweetbay Magnolia)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Lovely, lemon-scented, cup-shaped flowers appear mid-spring and bloom intermittently throughout the summer, followed in the fall by showy conelike fruit. This elegant, semi-evergreen tree is native to the lowlands and freshwater swamps primarily along the Mid-Atlantic … Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Solidago rugosa (Rough-Stemmed Goldenrod)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Golden sprays of flowers brighten the garden from late summer to frost, supporting 115 species of moths, butterflies, native bees, and other insect pollinators.  The cultivar ‘Fireworks’ is more compact, easier to contain, and flowers … Continue reading

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