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Hackberry: The Best Tree You’ve Never Heard About

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Few native trees are more deserving of appreciation, yet fail to receive it, than the common hackberry. Despite a slightly off-putting name, the native hackberry (Celtis occidentals) has all the attributes that homeowners want: Grows in a rounded, vase-like shape?…

Great Grasses for Native Gardens

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One of the easiest ways to make your Baltimore yard a healthy and attractive place for wildlife is to increase the number and variety of native grasses you use. Thankfully, the many indigenous grasses we grow and sell at Herring…

Five Chuck Norris Native Plants

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Urban and suburban gardeners are no strangers to the battle with invasive plants. In large part, this is because many modern gardening practices seem to be almost perfectly designed to encourage invasive plants. Many invasive plants and weeds are adapted…

How to Choose A Black-eyed Susan

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Black-eyed Susans are a mainstay of native plant gardens in Baltimore for good reason. They bloom reliably from late summer through to first frost, sometimes flowering into December. The bright yellow and gold flowers complement purples and blues of asters…

Four Ferns for Dry Places

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When gardeners are looking for native plants for dry shade, ferns are not often the first type of plant to come to mind. It is true that many species of ferns prefer consistent moisture, yet there are ferns that are…

Six Perennials To Bring the Pollinators

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When gardeners realize the value of our native pollinators and the crucial relationship those pollinators have with native plants, a natural question arises. What are the best native plants for pollinators? There are many different ways to answer that question but,…

What’s That Fly? Tiger Bee Fly

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The diversity of insects in Maryland is sometimes astonishing. And in a healthy environment – full of native plants and free of pesticides – complex webs of life evolve. The webs often include what gardeners sometimes refer to as “beneficial…