Monthly Archives: June 2018
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.
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
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
Creating Inviting Habitats – this Virginia Cooperative Extension publication examines the habitat requirements for butterflies and birds common to our local area. In fact, most of the plants and wildlife were photographed in Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax, Virginia. Creating Inviting Habitats is especially relevant during National Pollinator Week — June 18–24 — as well as in the 100th year of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Continue reading