Habitat and Native Plants

Amsonia

Thinking about spring and favorite plants right now. Here’s one of the best: Amsonia hubrechtii, Blue Star Flower. Amsonia is a tough native, easy to care for, gorgeous in bloom with fabulous summer texture and stunning gold fall color. In...

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New cocktail mixer?

We’ve been planting Aronia arbutifolia (Chokeberry) for a while now. Chokeberry is a native shrub whose beautiful fall color is a great sub. for the invasive Burning Bush. But you get a lot more with Aronia: Flowers and edible berries. Read...

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Evergreen Wood Fern

These Evergreen Wood Fern (Dryopteris marginalis) have been in the garden for less than a month and are thriving in the dry shade under an old Maple. Great native choice if you have these conditions. More info...

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What’s blooming now?

Dwarf Crested Iris (Iris cristata) is a native Iris that thrives in part shade. It is a ‘streambank’ plant that tolerates drought and flooding- in fact it does a great job controlling erosion at the edge of a slope. 3rd picture is...

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Winter Flowers

On this rainy March afternoon, it’s cheering to look out the window and see flowers blooming.  The pussy willow over our driveway is covered in white catkins. There are all kinds of rules about how you should prune a tree.  I’ve...

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