Native Plants

Sweetgum ~ Liquidamber styraciflua

by Risa Edelstein on March 11, 2012

in Native Plants

photo credit: The Marmot photo credit: carolynconner photo credit: Dendroica cerulea Share

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Shagbark Hickory ~ Carya ovata

by Risa Edelstein on November 17, 2010

in Native Plants,Trees & Shrubs

photo credit: Ryan Somma One of the most beautiful trees we have growing in New England, the Shagback Hickory,  is undoubtedly a tree that adds both texture and personality to any landscape.  They are some of the tallest and stateliest trees of the eastern forests and they also are some of the longest lived, according to [...]

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Staghorn Sumacs – A Native to Consider

by Risa Edelstein on October 21, 2010

in Native Plants,Trees & Shrubs

photo credit: Nemoralis The Staghorn Sumacs or Rhus typhinas are looking beautiful this fall. Consider planting them in tough spots where you need something aggressive and tough. Here is a good  article about them. Share

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Cornus sericea – Redtwig or Creek Dogwood, originally uploaded by pete@eastbaywilds.com. Share

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Mountain Mint | Pycnanthemum muticum

by Risa Edelstein on September 28, 2010

in Native Plants,Perennials

Still blooming in my garden now with its silvery flowers, Mountain Mint or Pycnanthemum muticum is a wonderful native that‘s a magnet for pollinators.  More specifically, its nectar attracts predatory wasps who need large quantities of sugar for their endless hunting of pests in the garden.  With its 4-sided stem, you can tell it is [...]

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Native Plant Garden at the Hatchery

by Risa Edelstein on April 26, 2010

in Native Plants

Today we started construction on a major project I've been working on since last year.  I designed and we are installing a large native plant garden at the North Attleboro Hatchery in Massachusetts.  I've set up a Facebook Page for the site which has lots of posts and information on it and today I posted [...]

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1. Dwarf Crested Iris, 2. P5310244, 3. iris cristata, carter caves state natural area, franklin county, tennessee 2, 4. Crested Dwarf Iris (iris cristata), 5. Iris cristata 5, 6. Iris cristata ‘Eco Bluebird’, 7. Iris Cristata, 8. Iridaceae : Iris cristata – Crested Iris, 9. Why I like it?  I use it as a low [...]

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There is one good thing as far as I can tell about global warming which is that the tulip tree or lirodendron tulipifera is heading our way (ok, I am trying hard to be a half full kind-of gal).  I've already seen a few seedlings here and there and I planted one right in front [...]

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Mountain Mint is Also Trending

by Risa Edelstein on January 8, 2010

in Native Plants,Perennials,Rants & Raves

Mountain Mint on the NY High Line. Another plant I fell in love with this year is Mountain Mint or Pycanthemum muticum.  Yes because it is a native.  Yes because it has great foliage.  Yes because it is fragrant.  But mostly because my planting idol, Piet Oudolf, used it on the High Line.  And it [...]

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Heuchera x Villosa is Trending

by Risa Edelstein on January 5, 2010

in Native Plants,Perennials

Heuchera x villosa 'Brownies' mixed with grasses and Persicaria at the NY High Line This year, Heuchera Villosa is trending in my designs.  By that, I mean that every year I seem to get hooked on a few plants that regularly end up in my planting plans for that season.  Two years ago it was [...]

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