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native plants

Little Bluestem

Photo by Sara Tangren
Photo by Sara Tangren Schizachyrium scoparium (Andropogon scoparius) This native grass is coming on strong as gardeners switch to plants both ornamental and beneficial. In fall, its bluish blades give way to bright gold and reddish tones. Don’t cut back this ornamental grass before winter and it...

Featured Plants - Yellowwood, Kentucky Yellowwood

Yellowwood - photo: The Dow Gardens Archive, Dow Gardens,
Cladrastis kentukea When choosing a medium-sized tree (for instance to replace an ash lost to emerald ash borer) consider the yellowwood. This under-planted native packs a big wow factor from its fragrant, pendulous flower panicles in May to early June. The rich green foliage stands out in any...

Create A Habitat with Native Plants

Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Calvert Library - Prince Frederick Branch
A great way to enjoy nature in your own yard is to go native. Learn how to welcome nature into your backyard by using native plants.

Shade Gardening with Native Plants

Saturday, Jun. 8, 2013 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Calvert Library - Prince Frederick Branch
Do you have a shady garden and don’t know what to plant in it? Learn about some native plants that are adapted to shade and can add color and texture to your garden .

Plant Sale

Saturday, May. 4, 2013 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
Community Resources Building, Prince Frederick
Come to see: Salad Box Demonstration at 8:30 am Grow It Eat It Lecture at 9:00 am Composting Demonstration at 9:30 am A large selection of flowering and vegetable plants for purchase. Come early for the best selection! Proceeds from this sale go to further the educational outreach of the Master...

UME Frederick County Master Gardeners' Plant Sale

Saturday, Apr. 27, 2013 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Frederick News Post Building, Frederick
•Great prices on hundreds of plants: Annuals Hanging Baskets Herbs- Organic Hard-to-find native plants and shrubs (new) Perennials Vegetables- Organic Heirloom and Hybrid •Cash-Check-CHARGE (NEW!) • Free Children's Craft & Activity Corner

Featured Plants - Inkberry

Inkberry, Ilex glabra, Expert Plant Picks, native plants
Inkberry, Ilex glabra This holly has moved to center stage as a native alternative for Japanese holly, but its attraction does not stop there. Disease and insect problems are almost nonexistent. Consider, too, its dark evergreen foliage, glossy black berries, and the ability to grow in a reasonably...

Featured Plants - Tulip Poplar

Tulip poplar ( Liriodenddron tulipifera ) is not a tree to plant under a power line. Up to 200 foot specimens of this magnificent native have been recorded, with an average height of about 100 feet and spread of about fifty. However, for a rapidly-growing tree that provides abundant not-too-dense...

Featured Plants - Christmas Fern

January 2013 Christmas Fern Polystichum acrostichoides Christmas ferns stay glossy and evergreen when most ferns have shriveled and gone dormant. The new spring fronds grow stiffly upright until hard frost or heavy snow pushes them over, and even then remain effective in the landscape. With their...

Featured Plants - Ironwood

January 2013 Ironwood, Musclewood Carpinus caroliniana This is a native to cherish if you have one and nurture if you can get one. A small tree, it’s the bark that makes it stand out in a forest understory. Smooth and fluted, the bark suggests a lanky flexed bicep. In winter, ironwood’s one inch...


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