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

GROUND COVER: Eurybia divaricata (White Wood Aster)

This week’s Tried and True Native Plant Selection for the Mid-Atlantic is the ground cover Eurybia divaricata (White Wood Aster). This sprawling aster traditionally blooms in late summer to early fall with numerous clusters of small white flowers. Continue reading

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TREE: Sassafras albidum (Sassafras)

The beautiful Sassafras tree offers three-season interest: globelike clusters of chartreuse flowers in spring, leaves with three distinct shapes, dark blue fruit in red cups in summer, and foliage ranging from orange to crimson to purple in fall. Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England Aster)

Learn more about these lovely asters and watch a video with monarchs and other pollinators. Continue reading

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SHRUB: Euonymus americanus (Strawberry Bush)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic One of the few “good” Euonymus, this native shrub gives a spectacular show each fall. The raspberry color husks of the seed capsules burst open to reveal DayGlo orange covered seeds, hence the common name Heart’s-a-Bustin’. … Continue reading

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Stop by the Simpson Gardens 25th Anniversary Open House and see . . .

This video, filmed at Alexandria’s Simpson Gardens in early October by certified Master Gardener Mary Free, shows monarch butterflies foraging on asters, including native Symphyotrichum novae-angliae. You can view asters along with many other colorful, pollinator attracting flowers during the 25th Anniversary Open House at Simpson Park Gardens Sunday, September 30th. Continue reading

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TREE: Ostrya virginiana (Eastern Hop Hornbeam)

The hop-hornbeam has fruit that resembles hops and consists of clusters of leafy, oval, papery sacs Continue reading

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