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

GROUNDCOVER: Phlox subulata (Moss Phlox, Moss Pink)

The creeping habit of Moss Phlox can form a carpet of spring flowers as breathtaking in a residential rock garden or sprawling over rock walls as on the mountain slopes and open woodlands of its natural Mid-Atlantic habitat. Continue reading

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SEDGE: Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania Sedge)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic: Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania Sedge)
Delicate, arching, semi-evergreen leaves define this native sedge found in much of the Mid-Atlantic Region. In dry shade where lawn maintenance is a challenge, this substitute never needs mowing.

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PERENNIAL: Mertensia virginica (Virginia Bluebell, Virginia Cowslip )

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Spring has finally sprung when the pink buds of Mertensia virginica show themselves in late winter and early spring, evolving from being coiled up like a scorpion’s tail to opening to deep pink or blue … Continue reading

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SHRUB: Lindera benzoin (Spicebush, Northern Spicebush)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
This ornamental shrub, which is common throughout most of the Mid-Atlantic Region, produces small, fragrant yellow flowers that cluster at the nodes of bare stems before leaves appear in early spring. The Virginia Native Plant Society named Spicebush as Wildflower of the Year in 2006. Continue reading

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