Category Archives: MG in the Garden

GRASS: Panicum virgatum (Switch Grass)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Once the dominant species of the North American tallgrass prairie, this warm-season grass is noted for the open, airy appearance of its seed heads and the multi-season interest of its foliage.  In addition to its use as an ornamental, Switch Grass is also utilized for soil conservation and as a biomass crop. Continue reading

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February 2018 Public Education Events

Public Education Events scheduled by VCE Master Gardeners in Arlington and Alexandria in February 2018.
Classes include Microgreens: What Are They, Why They Are So Fabulous, and How to Grow Them; Plot Against Hunger Spring Garden Kick-Off: Growing Food for Our Neighbors in Need; Water Conservation (DIY Sustainable Yard Series);  Learn How to Build Your Own Cold Frame; and Vegetable Gardening Part 2: Planning and Preparation. Continue reading

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Rosemary and Lavender: Hardy Herbs That Often Survive Our Winters – and Spice up or Calm Down the Gardener or Cook

Here in the midst of winter we invite you to learn more about rosemary and lavender – their backgrounds, growth habits, and needs; their culinary, fragrance, and medicinal uses. Both herbs are ingredients for food or drink served as “tastes” at our annual AutumnFest celebration in mid-September. Continue reading

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SHRUB: Ilex verticillata (Winterberry Holly)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This native deciduous holly produces prodigious quantities of plump, red, berry-like fruit (called drupes), which decorate the plant from mid-fall into early spring. ‘Red Sprite,’ a female dwarf cultivar, needs the services of the male ‘Jim Dandy’ to make fruit. Purchase at least two females and one male for a “berry” good show. Continue reading

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GRASS: Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Common through most of the Mid-Atlantic Region, Little Bluestem gives a brilliant landscape performance. Continue reading

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SHRUB: Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
It is in autumn that the twisted, spider-like, fragrant flowers of the species of Hamamelis illuminate the landscape in pale yellow. Continue reading

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