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Vinca Meadow

Vinca Meadow

Some plants are pretty yet called invasive, but what can one harmless plant do? Somewhere in the 1950’s or maybe 60’s, long before the environmental movement came into being or used the word ‘invasive’ to describe plants or even really understood the consequences of planting certain non-native plants, Pastor Althouse planted a small area of his property with Vinca. Now, 60 years later you can see Vinca covering a large area of the 17 acre property. While beautiful, with periwinkle…

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Northeast Native Perennials

Northeast Native Perennials

Northeast Native Perennials If you are looking to take a scenic drive to a great native plant nursery this weekend, try Northeast Native Perennials.  Near Lake Nockamixon, Quakertown, Northeast Native Perennials is tucked in the woods and was well worth spending a Saturday afternoon at last weekend. Their plants look great and owners Carol and Dennis Schroding were very helpful! (Photo of Carol Schroding) The plant prices were very reasonable too. www.nenativesandperennials.     Paula Ziegler is a local resident…

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Native Dogwood

Native Dogwood

Native Dogwoods We welcome our neighbor’s Dogwood tree to reach over our fence.  If you are looking for an attractive tree or shrub for all seasons, please consider a native Dogwood.  Native to Pennsylvania are the following: Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum), Flowering White Dogwood (Cornus florida), Gray Stem Dogwood (Cornus racemosa), Redosier Dogwood (Cornus seicea) ‘Cornus florida’ is a tree that I am considering to plant this spring!   Paula Ziegler is a local resident who has a concern for…

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Spicebush

Spicebush

Lindera benzoin Common Name: Spicebush Spring is here for me when Spice Bush is displaying its delicate yellow flowers.  I have been fascinated with this native PA shrub because it is the host plant for the spicebush swallowtail caterpillar which is the coolest looking caterpillar ever! The design of the caterpillar resembles a tiny snake.  The “eyes” are actually a design.  Spicebush does best in moist soil but I have been moving my shrub around the yard for the past…

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Brown Eyed Susan

Brown Eyed Susan

Rudbeckia triloba This is a short-lived native perennial but it self-seeds so that you never know it’s gone! Covered with small daisy like flowers with brown centers it can grow up to 5′ tall and will brighten the garden for several weeks during mid-summer. Plant in full sun in average soil. Cut back after flowering to encourage rebloom or if you do;t want it to seed (you want some of course!). You can learn more here. This plant will be…

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