Species Spotlight – Anemone virginiana var. alba

Anemone virginiana var. albaBrilliant, bright-white blooms and a slightly taller stature make this natural variety a worthy addition to the landscape Anemone virginiana var. alba is a different species from the more common Anemone virginiana var. virginiana.  Anemone virginiana var.…

Species Spotlight – Taxus canadensis (Canadian yew)

Taxus canadensisCanadian yew is a rare, evergreen groundcover with landscape potential I had always heard from other botanists and forestry professionals that Taxus canadensis (Canadian yew) was all-but-extinct except in hard to find or otherwise pristine locations in Pennsylvania and…

Species Spotlight – Blephilia hirsuta var. hirsuta

Blephilia hirsuta var. hirsutaTall, colony-forming, pollinator-friendly, edible, native mint. Excellent in every way. Blephilia hirsuta var. hirsuta, or hairy pagoda-plant, is a very attractive and useful plant in the landscape, although much under-used.  Midwestern strains tend to be shorter and…

Species Spotlight – Diervilla sessilifolia

Diervilla sessilifoliaStart exploring the amazing features of this most-durable native honeysuckle shrub. Full-sun, vigorous, functional and totally suitable for any residential or corporate landscape Diervilla sessilifolia is a long-overlooked, high-quality landscaping shrub suitable as garden accent, pollinator service, or workhorse…