Alonso Abugattas

Alonso Abugattas’ Native Plant Picks for Wildlife

Expert naturalist and environmental educator Alonso Abugattas recently spoke at the sold-out 13th Annual EcoSavvy Symposium at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia. I asked Alonso to share some of his favorite native plants for attracting and supporting wildlife. Here’s his reply. Goldenrods (Solidago spp.) There are many different species of Goldenrods – 36 species…

Monarda research report, wiki

New Monarda Research Report Now Available

A new Monarda research report is now available from Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, Del. Also known as bee balm or wild bergamot, Monarda is a native perennial that’s cherished by many gardeners for its summer blooms in shades of pink, magenta, purple, and red that attract a variety pollinators. The free report from Mt….

Amsonia hubrichtii

Amsonia hubrichtii: Native Plant Favorite

Amsonia hubrichtii, commonly known as blue star, is taking center stage this time of year across our region. It’s hard to miss those yellow and gold clouds of feathery leaves swaying in the slightest breezes. And I’m delighted to see that interest in Amsonia is spreading from residential gardens into public and commercial spaces. In…

Tried and true native plants, MAG

Tried and True Native Plants for Your Garden

Looking for tried and true native plants to add to your landscape? Lucky for you, the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV)  created the “Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic” to help educate people about native plants and encourage more people to plant them. The online MGNV fact sheets include nearly 100…

smithsonian pollinator garden, butterfly garden MAG

Visiting the Smithsonian Pollinator Garden

The Smithsonian Pollinator Garden (formerly known as the Butterfly Habitat Garden) in downtown, Washington, D.C. creates a beautiful and busy pedestrian walkway between the Museum of Natural History and 9th Street and between Constitution Avenue and the National Mall. I stopped by in early October to check out the fall color on the perennials, shrubs…

Turtlehead, native plant, Wiki

Pink Turtlehead – Choose Native Plants

Pink Turtlehead (Chelone lyonii) is one of my favorite native perennials in early autumn. A few flowers linger on the three clumps of ‘Hot Lips’ in my back yard, with rich pink blooms and attractive dark green foliage on red stems. Mine are surrounded by deep-purple asters. Turlehead is an ideal choice for sunny (to…

native perennial, Asclepias tuberosa butterfly milkweed, Norfolk Botanical

10 Native Perennial Plants for Your Garden

Why choose native perennial plants to add to your garden this fall? Native plants to the Mid-Atlantic region are naturally adapted to our environment. They tend to be more disease-resistant and typically more tolerant of several weather conditions, like drought, than are non-native plants. And they help create robust habitats by providing food and shelter…

Obedient Plant: A Favorite Native

Obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana) is a favorite late summer native perennials for me due, in part, to its incredibly long bloom period. From early August (here on the Delaware coast) through early October, Obedient plant offers medium to pale purple blooms in the garden when many other summer perennials are spent. And it’s a terrific…

Cardinal Flower, MAG

Cardinal Flower: Native Plant Favorite

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is a great native plant pick if you enjoy seeing the color red in your garden in summer. In addition to long-lasting “cardinal” red blooms, one of my favorite attributes of this plant is its height. Cardinal Flower typically reaches two and a half to four feet tall and with an…

Leaf Streak on Daylily, Linda Pinkham

7 Common Daylily Pests and Problems to Avoid

Daylily pests and other common problems can turn beautiful plants into an unsightly mess, or worse, endanger the health of your plants. Linda Pinkham with the Tidewater Daylily Society (TDS) offers the following advise to help you keep your daylilies thriving. Aphids. Typically a nuisance on daylilies in the fall, winter and early spring, Aphids…