Monthly Archives: December 2019

TREE: Ilex opaca (American Holly)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Today commercial demand for holly has declined, but its value in the landscape has not. It comes into its glory as temperatures drop and berry-like fruits ripen to brighten the winter scenery. Continue reading

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In the Winter Garden, 2019 Edition

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Appreciating the winter garden makes for a happier all-season gardener, so this article, written by EMG Mary Free in December 2012, was worth revising and updating. Our gardens may lay mostly dormant in this season, but still there are some herbaceous and woody plants with color, form, and texture that can both surprise and delight in the winter landscape. Continue reading

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GRASS: Chasmanthium latifolium (River or Wild Oats, Northern Sea Oats)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This beautiful, tall woodland grass grows in upright clumps and produces fresh green leaves that are held perpendicular at intervals on stiff, wiry culms (hollow stems). Continue reading

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’Tis The Time of Year . . .

‘Tis the time of year . . . to look back and to look forward. To celebrate seasons past and those to come. A time when days grow shorter, and the nights grow longer. A time to remember the beauty of fall, drop into the mystery of winter, anticipate the magic of spring and imagine the surprises of summer. Continue reading

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