American Fringe Tree Chionanthus Virginicus Flowering Tree for Urban Gardens

Fringe Tree Chionanthus virginicus flowers

American Fringe Tree Chionanthus virginicus has long been a favorite of mine for small space and urban gardens. It is a stunner in bloom – not much compares, and the summer and fall foliage is attractive enough to be worth incorporating it into a formal landscape design. I am happy to have seen this native […]

Pawpaw Asimina triloba – Native Tree for Residential Landscapes

Pawpaw Asimina triloba flower

Pawpaw Asimina triloba is a lovely little understory tree I would not be without. I first discovered it in my oak woods, happily naturalized and looking like something a bit more tropical than belonged there. Soon I fell in love with its bright green, large, drooping leaves that caught the light and glowed on moonlit […]

Alabama snow-wreath Neviusia alabamensis – A Delicate Beauty

Neviusia Alabamensis

Sometimes gardeners order things we don’t really know what are. We may see a plant in a catalog and think it sounds good, do a little research and decide that yes, we should try this one. Sometimes these ‘try’ plants work out, sometimes they don’t. Alabama snow-wreath Neviusia alabamensis is one which worked out extremely […]

Itea virginica Virginia sweetspire – Native Alternative to Burning Bush

Itea virginica fall color

Itea virginica Virginia sweetspire is a lovely shrub for adding a different texture to a landscape. Understated and low maintenance, Virginia sweetspire is one of those natives that you plant and then leave alone to grow naturally. It is best suited for informal borders or hedges where its naturally rounded, graceful form can be left […]

St John’s Wort Hypericum frondosum

st johns wort

Fall is upon us and I am doing a bit of seed collecting from some of my favorite plants. I don’t do a lot of seed collecting, just the few that excelled or those I found myself particularly fond of. Among these is Golden St John’s wort Hypericum frondosum ‘Sunburst’.     Although not flashy, […]

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