Tag Archives: Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

SHRUB: Aronia melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
This attractive native member of the Rose family is often found in bogs, swamps, and moist thickets and sometimes on drier balds and rock outcroppings throughout eastern North America. Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Vernonia noveboracensis (New York Ironweed)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Fluffy deep purple blooms atop 8-foot tall sturdy stalks draw bees and butterflies from mid-summer into fall. Continue reading

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TREE: Magnolia virginiana (Sweetbay Magnolia)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Lovely, lemon-scented, cup-shaped flowers appear mid-spring and bloom intermittently throughout the summer, followed in the fall by showy conelike fruit. Continue reading

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SHRUB: Ilex verticillata (Winterberry Holly)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic 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 … Continue reading

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Fall Colors in the Shade Garden

by Dina Lehmann-Kim, Master Gardener Fall on the East Coast usually conjures up the colors associated with the incredible display of the season’s changing leaves— brilliant oranges, fiery reds, and bright yellows. The Shade Garden has some of these, but … Continue reading

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August Notes from the Organic Vegetable Garden, in Potomac Overlook Regional Park

by Master Gardener Nancy Dowling Enough already, the tomatoes seem to be screaming. It’s too hot; you expect too much from me. And I agree. It is too hot to put out new fruit, too hot to stand up straight and … Continue reading

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High Summer at Simpson Gardens

By Master Gardener Christa Watters for the Simpson Crew We’ve survived a long siege of fairly relentless heat this summer as July brought day after day of 90-degrees and higher, with humidity also pushing the limits. Some plants love the … Continue reading

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June at Simpson Gardens

By Master Gardener Christa Watters for the Simpson Crew Each of Simpson’s many and various garden beds has its special time for looking wonderful. One of my favorite plants this time of year is a smallish tree that grows near … Continue reading

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On the Echinacea – What’s that Insect? Answers!

Written (and Photographed) by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener We wrap up pollinator week with one last challenge: can you identify the insects in the video? These hairy pollinators were buzzing around the Echinacea at Green Spring Gardens on Wednesday. One characteristic … Continue reading

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