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GROUND COVER: Chrysogonum virginianum (Green-and-Gold)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This low, spreading ground cover forms a star-studded mat of velvety foliage that is as attractive at the front of a formal border as it is in a naturalistic setting. In the Mid-Atlantic Region,* it is mostly found in Virginia, where it is common in the Piedmont and lower mountains. Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Trillium grandiflorum (Wood Lily, Great White Trillium)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This showy trillium, with flower diameters up to four inches, is a familiar spring native wildflower in the Mid-Atlantic* woodlands of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Appalachian Plateaus. The Virginia Native Plant Society named Great White Trillium Wildflower of the Year in 1996. Continue reading

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SHRUB: Calycanthus floridus, (Sweet-shrub)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

While primarily native to several southeastern states, this trouble-free shrub, also known as Carolina Allspice, does well in Northern Virginia. It delights the senses with showy and fragrant flowers when planted as a specimen or a screening hedge near a front door or patio.
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TREE: Betula nigra (River Birch, Red Birch)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Noted for beautiful, exfoliating bark and multiple trunks, River Birch is an excellent food source for wildlife, supporting hundreds of species of moths, butterflies, and songbirds. It is commonly found in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain of the Mid-Atlantic Region from Pennsylvania to Virginia. The beauty of the tree’s bark can be seen in detail in this new video by Extension Master Gardener Mary Free. Continue reading

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