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Post Oaks in the Big City

If you live in one of Maryland’s older towns, you probably have a lot of heritage trees – native trees inherited from the forests and fields that existed before your town was built out. It’s part of what gives old…

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Survival of Baby Chickadees Declines in Yards with Less Than 70% Native Plants

Want to support nesting songbirds? Shoot for a minimum of 70% native plant cover in your landscaping, and 94% would be better, according to a recently published study by the University of Delaware’s Desirée Narango and others. For their study,…

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The Nativar Dilemma: The Case of My Purple Ninebark & The Leaf Beetle

I thought I was doing the right thing. When I moved into my house 11 years ago, I found a purple barberry shrub (Berberis thunbergii) planted in the back yard by the previous owner. I thought right away, it had to…

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Black-eyed Susans Attract Pollinators and Other Beneficial Insects

Black-eyed Susans are easy to grow and will attract many pollinators to your garden. The dark center or eye of the flower head holds 250 to 500 individual flowers, and to pollinators, each one of these is a shallow nectar…

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Cardinal Flower Is for Hummingbirds

I gave up on my hummingbird feeder years ago. It was more than I wanted to do to keep up with changing the sugar solution every two to three days, as recommended to keep the food free of spoilage that…

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Plants for Monarchs: Milkweeds and More

Q: I planted seeds of what I thought was a milkweed (Asclepias). The plants look somewhat like milkweed, but they are close to 4 feet tall with no sign of flower buds to confirm their identity. There are leaf buds…

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Bottlebrush Grass – Gorgeous Native Ornamental For Your Garden

Elymus hystrix got its common name, Bottlebrush Grass, by having seed heads in the shape of a bottle-washing brush. Both the seed heads and the stems are coated with a white wax, making this a gorgeous ornamental grass for your…

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