Monthly Archives: January 2020

TREE: Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory)

Tried and True Native Plant Selection for the Mid-Atlantic
This slow-growing, but long-lived, large tree is indigenous to river banks and flood plains and makes an attractive ornamental specimen for large landscapes with its good fall color and distinctive exfoliating bark. It also provides excellent support to a variety of wildlife.
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Master Gardener Bookshelf: Gardening Under Lights

Understanding light (how much, how little, or what kind) is critical to growing plants indoors successfully, whether seedlings, house plants, vegetables, herbs, or succulents. You can learn about light and how to build simple do-it-yourself grow lights for seed starting by attending the MGNV class “How to Build Inexpensive and Efficient Grow Lights” in February. For additional information, you might also consult “Gardening Under Lights” by Leslie F. Halleck, reviewed here by Susan Wilhelm. Continue reading

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Invasive Plants in Northern Virginia: Ground Ivy

Invasive Plants in Northern Virginia: Ground Ivy

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy), also known as creeping Charlie and gill-over-the-ground, is listed as invasive in both Arlington County and the City of Alexandria and has been reported in national parks in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D. C., West Virginia, and Tennessee. Continue reading

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TREE: Thuja occidentalis (Arborvitae, Northern White Cedar)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This native tree of northeastern and north central North America can be very long-lived; along the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment in Canada, specimens could be over 1,000 years old. The common name, which means “tree of life,” refers to the medicinal properties of the bark and foliage, which cured scurvy. Continue reading

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