Category Archives: Native Plants

GRASS: Muhlenbergia capillaris (Hair-awn or Pink Muhly)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
The thin blades of this spectacular species droop at the tips to form a fine textured skirt for the airy, rosy-red plumes displayed in a spherical crown. Continue reading

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Planting Trees

No discussion about how we can help cope with climate change would be complete without addressing the critical importance of trees. Trees offer habitat, nesting sites, and a variety of food to wildlife and the life functions of trees provide many other beneficial ecosystem services. Continue reading

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Native Trees: How to Select, Plant and Transplant

A significant proportion of our area’s urban tree canopy depends upon the efforts of thousands of residents to care for mature trees and plant new ones on privately held properties from single family homes, to townhouses, to apartment complex shared greenspaces. Extension Master Gardener Amy Crumpton discusses best practices for caring for trees. Continue reading

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Native Flowers, Fruits and Foliage for Fall

Extension Master Gardener Elaine Mills discusses over 40 plants native to the Mid-Atlantic region, including perennials, ground covers, vines, shrubs, and trees that offer important support for local wildlife as well as beauty to the fall landscape. Continue reading

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