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…

Beautyberry, MAG

Beautyberry: Native Plant Favorites

Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) is displaying its gorgeous purple berry-like drupes around Washington, D.C. and beyond. So now is a great time to highlight this wonderful native plant. American Beautyberry is a deciduous shrub with an open form that reaches four to six feet tall and wide, although I’ve seen this shrub in full sun at…

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…

Native Plant Favorite: Oxeye Sunflowers

Oxeye sunflowers (Heliopsis helianthoides) surround the entrance to our nature center at the beach in Delaware. Pedaling past this summer native plant each morning on my bike, the cheerful bright yellow blooms dancing in the slightest of breezes brings a smile to my face. The Oxeye sunflower is a very hardy, easy-to-grow native plant with…

Wildflower ID for Beginners

Join Liz McDowell with the Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society for this hands-on, two-part class offered on consecutive Sundays held at Elk Ridge Nature Preserve in Garrett County, MD. During this MNPS class, you’ll learn the names of the wonderful wildflowers in our forests and fields and how to “key-out” local…

Adkins Arboretum

Celebrating Natives Garden Tour

The fourth annual Celebrating Natives Garden Tour features the beauty of gardens in Kent County, MD, and their importance in creating a more biodiverse landscape. The tour includes native plant gardens from Chestertown to Rock Hall.

Bleeding Heart

Native Plant Favorite: Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart (Dicentra eximia) is a native herbaceous perennial plant that blooms from April to June. Bleeding Heart features deeply-lobed, fern-like grayish-green foliage and showy, rose pink to purplish-red heart-shaped flowers that are carried above the foliage on long, leaning stems. In cooler climates, blooming may continue well into summer. For the residential gardener, Bleeding…