Category Archives: Native Plants

PERENNIAL: Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This stately milkweed is at home in moist habitats across much of the United States.* It has flat terminal clusters of showy pale pink to mauve flowers in summer, succeeded by interesting fruit (follicles) that split to release seeds on silken parachutes. Learn more . . . Continue reading

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Native Vines for the Home Garden

Vines can fill a variety of roles in the garden, either serving as ground covers or providing an attractive vertical element in the landscape as they grow on fences, trellises, or walls. Elaine Mills presents characteristics and attributes of the native vines as well as explain maintenance tips and ideas for their landscape uses. Continue reading

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Creating an Oasis for Pollinators

Homeowners have an opportunity to restore native habitat for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife.  Continue reading

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The Master Gardeners’ Bookshelf: The Pollinator Victory Garden

If you are looking for planting strategies with the potential to improve the productivity of your vegetable garden, or if you have heard about “companion planting” and want to know what science supports, Plant Partners by Jessica Walliser is a good resource. Continue reading

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