Monthly Archives: June 2018

PERENNIAL: Coreopsis verticillata (Threadleaf Coreopsis)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic)

Threadleaf Coreopsis, with its showy flower clusters and airy foliage, is as popular in the garden today as it was in the 19th century. Its natural habitat,* though, is mostly in Virginia and central North Carolina. If you are fond of its appearance but wary of self seeding plants, then try the sterile, compact cultivar ‘Moonbeam’ that spreads by rhizomes.
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Unusual ‘Accents’ in the Shade Garden

The Shade Garden at Bon Air Park in Arlington is one of the smallest of the demonstration gardens maintained by the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Located off Wilson Boulevard at 850 N. Lexington St., the garden hosts nearly 100 different plant varieties, a few of which may be unfamiliar, if not unusual, to visitors. Learn about three of the unusual plants in the garden. Continue reading

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Tongue under Chin

To end Pollinator Week we bring you a tongue-under-chin story. In this short video, a queen Bombus impatiens (common eastern bumble bee) rests on the petals of a hydrangea. Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Iris virginica (Virginia Blue Flag)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This native iris, also known as Southern Blue Flag, is a wetland species growing in marshes and meadows from Virginia to Louisiana. Its showy flowers would make a lovely addition to a pond or rain garden. Continue reading

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