University of Maryland Extension

Featured Plants

Euphorbia ‘Mrs. Robb’s Bonnet’

Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘ Robbiae’ For gardeners on the lookout for plants with multi-season interest, this perennial euphorbia merits examination. In spring and summer, rosettes of leaves are a shiny deep green, a good backdrop for sprays of chartreuse flowers in late spring/early summer. In fall,...

Black gum

Nyssa sylvatica Now this is one you should run out and buy if you need a shade tree. A native that grows up to fifty feet in height and a width of thirty feet, black gum is one of the best trees for fall color going from yellow to orange to red to purple. Although the flowers are not spectacular,...

Fothergilla

Fothergilla major Nothing but pleasure rewards you for planting this native shrub. Fothergilla has virtually no diseases or pests. White spring flowers are short perky bottle-brushes, actually not comprised of petals but myriad stamens with a honeyed fragrance. Fall foliage in a dazzling palette of...

Willowleaf Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster salicifolius repens Have a slope or hard-to-mow area? Willowleaf cotoneaster is an easy groundcovering shrub, pest resistant, and fast growing. In full sun it rewards the grower with bright red berries in the fall and into the winter. With increasing shade, there are fewer berries. In...

Goldenrod ‘Fireworks’

Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’ True to its name, ‘Fireworks’ seems to explode sprays of bright yellow flowers over a long period in autumn. At 3-4 feet in height, it stays more compact and flowers more heavily than the wild species, but its airy growth habit really distinguishes it from common...

Pawpaw

Asimina triloba Wouldn’t you know America’s largest native fruit would be exceptional? The green or yellow pawpaw fruit, ripening in September-October, has the startling flavor of bananas, plus undertones of vanilla, pineapple and mango. The 1-2 ½” mauvey-purple flowers start female and then go...

Goldenrain Tree, Chinese Flametree

Koelreuteria bipinnata Rare is the tree that blooms spectacularly in late summer. Goldenrain’s fragrant yellow-flowered panicles up to two feet long and 18 inches wide are followed by rosy pink seed capsules that hold color for weeks before browning. Fall leaf color is yellow. Dry seed pods can be...

Groundsel bush, High-Tide bush, Sea myrtle

Baccharis halimifolia In late summer/early fall when little else is in bloom, this multistemmed shrub takes center stage in your landscape. From September into October female plants produce fluffy white seedheads resembling silvery paintbrushes above its gray-green coarsely toothed foliage...

Bronze Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare Pupureum Attributes of this herb abound. The feathery foliage provides an attractive contrast to other plants plus a delicious anise flavor to salads and desserts. The seeds are equally flavorful in a wide variety of culinary delights. As fennel grows to four or five feet tall,...

Autumn Fern

Dryopteris erythrosora There is no denying that a blanket of ferns in a woodland garden is a beautiful sight. Autumn fern provides an extra ornamental value. Early in spring, new copper-red fronds, which are very autumnal in color, emerge from the center of the plant. Mature fronds are a deep,...

Pages

Maintained by the IET Department of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. © 2017. Web Accessibility