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Christmas Fern

Polystichum acrostichoides Christmas fern stays glossy and evergreen in winter when most ferns have shriveled and gone dormant. In spring, new fronds grow stiffly upright. Hard frosts and snows push them down, but even then they remain effective in the landscape. With their creeping rhizomes, and...

Rose of Sharon ‘Helene’

Hibiscu s syriacus ‘Helene’ P hoto by Ellen Nibali Rose of Sharon has been beloved for centuries for its prolific bloom during summer doldrums when most flowering shrubs grind to a halt. However, due to nuisance seedlings, it was banished from many gardens. Thanks to the U.S. National Arboretum, we...

Spirea ‘Pink Parasols’

Spirea fritschiana ‘Pink Parasols’ This improved spirea has much to offer beyond its extra-large pink “umbrellas” of flowers in early summer. At only 2-3’ in height and a generous 4-5’ wide, it can be grouped to create a tall groundcover or used singly as a specimen plant. Plus its neat blue-green...

Featured Plants - Shasta Daisy 'Becky'

Shasta Daisy ‘Becky’ photo by Marian Hengemihle
Leucanthemum x superbum It’s easy to see why Shasta daisy cultivar ‘Becky’ earned the distinctive "Perennial Plant of the Year” award for 2003. Showy and reliable this clump-forming perennial is a must have for your summer garden. The large flowers are a clear white held on strong stems that...

Featured Plants - Clematis ‘Jackmanii’

Clematis x Jackmanii Varieties of clematis come and go, but Jackmanii is a timeless beauty found in gardens since 1862. The lush, velvety deep purple flowers fill the vine from June through August. Jackmanii (pronounced Jack-man-e-i) is a vigorous vine with few pest or disease problems and can...

Featured Plants - Blue False Indigo

Blue False Indigo - Photo by Debbie Ricigliano
Baptisia australis Baptisa australis was 2010 Perennial of the Year, a well-deserved distinction for a native plant that provides interest for multiple seasons throughout the year. This deer-resistant beauty is drought tolerant, adaptable to soil conditions, and low maintenance once established. It...

Baltimore County Master Gardeners Benefit PLANT SALE

Saturday, May. 11, 2013 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Baltimore County Agriculture Center
Shade & Sun Perennials, Natives, Deer Resistant Plants, Herbs & Vegetables. Lots of Heirloom Tomatoes! Bigger than ever! In Partnership with Baltimore County Big Tree Sale! Cash or check only!

Use of Baited Polywire/Polytape Fencing to Protect Forest Plantations

Deer browsing in snow
The use of baited polywire/polytape (BPP) fencing to protect field and row crops, home gardens, orchards, forest plantations, and other small acreage areas up to three acres and sometimes larger has been demonstrated by a number of studies and professional publications. There is relatively little...

Featured Plants - Northern Maidenhair Fern

maidenhair fern
Adiantum pedatum Maidenhair ferns twirl sideways through the garden in exuberant whorls unlike any other fern. The black stems, called rachis, pop in contrast to the green fronds. Even the little side leaflets, or pinna, are unusual, fringed on one side like a wing. The bluish tint of maidenhair...

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