Long-blooming annuals have traditionally been preferred for balcony gardens, but native perennials work just as well for those who are able to devote more time and attention to the maintenance of a garden. Perennials have an advantage over annuals in that they will last from year to year. Choosing plants with attractive foliage is essential, since flowering periods for natives are not as lengthy as those for non-native summer annuals.
Want to take edible landscaping to the next level? This presentation covers the selection and culture of native fruit trees, shrubs and vines that will satisfy any ornamental landscape use. From shade to supporting wildlife, erosion control, and screening, you can choose a fruit crop to suit your home garden. Learn about growth habits, pros and cons, and how to acquire and care for these native plants.
Our book reviewer, Susan Wilhelm, shares how reading Doug Tallamy's most recent book, Nature's Best Hope, has impacted how she gardens.
There’s a beautiful and peaceful new garden space at Arlington’s Courthouse Square thanks to a collaboration between volunteers from the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, the Arlington group of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and Arlington County Parks and Recreation.
In Part I of this article, posted last week, we presented alternatives to some traditional foundation shrubs that are considered invasive in Arlington County and the City of Alexandria. In Part II, we consider alternatives to other overused non-native shrubs.
Our Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Region offers many attractive substitute shrubs to traditional foundation non-natives that can add beauty and diversity to the landscape while providing nectar, pollen, and fruit for the insect and animal species with which they have evolved. Read on to learn about the ornamental qualities and wildlife support offered by native alternatives for these popular alien shrubs.
Learn which plants will attract and fill the needs of our native pollinators even if your garden space is limited to a small yard, a patio, or a balcony. Best gardening practices for pollinators and special considerations for designing and maintaining successful containers of native plants will also be discussed.
Fall is the optimal time to plant trees and shrubs in Northern Virginia. If you are interested in planting native trees or shrubs, Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States: The Guide to Creating a Sustainable Landscape, by Tony Dove and Ginger Woolridge, is a helpful resource to determine which native trees or shrubs will succeed in your garden. Read more of EMG Susan Wilhelm's review.
Here's part 2 of Elaine Mills' journey to southern gardens, in both Georgia and North Carolina. Enjoy some of the unusual natives she discovered on her trip there.