Category Archives: Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

SHRUB: Ilex verticillata (Winterberry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic: Ilex verticillata (Winterberry)
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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TREE: Ilex opaca (American Holly)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic: Ilex opaca (American holly)

Today commercial demand for holly has declined, but its value in the landscape has not. It comes into its glory as temperatures drop and berry-like fruits ripen to brighten the winter scenery. Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic: Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
The few established populations of purple coneflowers in Virginia and Pennsylvania appear to be escapes from cultivation. So many beneficial insects (and goldfinches) flock to it though, one thinks of Echinacea as native. In any case, its attributes make it a “must-have” for a sunny garden. Continue reading

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