20 Most Valuable Perennials Supporting Biodiversity in the Mid-Atlantic Region

A planting guide brochure that helps gardeners select the best plants for their yards or public spaces that provide a better habitat for native insects and other animals in the mid-Atlantic region. Source: Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council (MAIPC), by Dr. Doug Tallamy and Kimberley Shropshire, University of Delaware.

Phlox moss in spring

Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata)


Perennials for Maryland Gardens

Looking for trusted recommendations for perennials to plant in your Maryland garden? Here’s a list of suggestions from the University of Maryland extension. Just click on the photo of each plant for more information about specific plant characteristics and ideal habitats. Source: University of Maryland Extension


Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping

An excellent 84-page booklet containing descriptions and images of native trees, shrubs, perennials and other plants as well as appropriate uses for the plants to help gardeners resolve different landscape situations and issues. Source: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Epimedium groundcover

Barrenroot (Epimedium)


Recommended Plants for Maryland

Are you searching for plant ideas and recommendations for your Maryland garden or landscape? Each month, the University of Maryland Extension features vines, annuals, perennials, groundcovers, shrubs, trees, vegetables and even houseplants that Marylanders should consider incorporating into their gardens. Check out the current month’s recommendations in the link above and click on links found in the left navigation for suggestions from previous months. Source: University of Maryland Extension


Selecting Landscape Plants: Groundcovers

Are you ready to plant an attractive groundcover that’s hard in Virginia landscapes but won’t take over your garden too quickly? Check out this free publication from the Virginia Cooperative Extension that explains the characteristics of groundcover plants, the means by which they spread and fill in an area of your garden, growth rates, spacing, aesthetic considerations and cultural requirement (e.g., soil, sun, water).  Also contains more than 40 groundcover suggestions, including evergreens, deciduous woody species and herbaceous perennials. Source: Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University

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