Native Plants for all Seasons Freedom Park Demonstration Gardens
Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) spreads slowly and tolerates dry shade.
Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata) displays bright red berries on leafless branches (until the birds eat them).
Weeping Yaupon (Ilex vomitoria ‘Pendula’) is noted for its upright weeping habit and small scarlet berries that usually persist to spring
Schizachyrium scoparium – Bluestem is a small, non-spreading, clump-forming grass with blue-green leaves that turn reddish orange in the fall. Fluffy silver seed heads are ornamental through winter.
Polygonatum falcatum ‘Variegatum’ - Verigated Solomon’s Seal – spreads slowly, arching stems display both graceful leaves and tiny flowers.
Purple-lavender buds turn to flowers along the trunk and bare branches of the Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis).
The soft, almost grassy looking green foliage of Amsonia hubrichtii emerges along 2-3 foot arching stalks and is a lovely foil for blue blossoms that last and last.
The lovely Viola labradorica or Labrador Violet takes advantage of the shade under trees or shrubs.
Itea virginica or Virginia Sweetspire is a butterfly magnet.
Spigelia marilandica or Indian Pink comes up late, but will delight all who see it.
Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium dubium) will be covered with purple-pink flower heads and those flowers will be covered with butterflies (including Monarchs).
Asclepias tuberosa, also called Milk Weed or Butterfly Weed, attracts butterflies as well as bees and birds with bright orange flowers
Boltonia asteroides ‘Snowbank’ - it’s covered in white flowers that contrast nicely with its gray-green foliage.
Bright yellow Solidago canadensis attracts bees and butterflies.
Pink Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaries) moves softly in the breeze.
When the temperatures drop and days shorten Amsonia hubrichtii turns from green to soft gold.
Debbie Blystone, an Extension Master Gardener for Mecklenburg County, N.C. since 2007, inherited her love of gardening and used book stores from her grandfather. She likes gardening better than housework because "while people might walk across a freshly washed kitchen floor they'll think twice about walking through a flower bed - if they have any sense." Debbie has worked extensively in the Extension Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens.
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