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May 14, 2020

Sweet Cicely is a unique addition to a moist shady woodland garden.  Reaching a height of 1-3 feet it has lovely flat clusters of white flowers from May-June, a time when the spring flowers are finishing and the summer flowers have not yet begun their show....

May 5, 2020


Though it comes as a surprise to most gardeners, even native plant enthusiasts, there is an Astilbe species native to Eastern United States, Astilbe biternata.  Horticultural guru Alan Armitage considers it “one of the most underutilized plants, native or not, in Amer...

May 1, 2020

Silene is a great addition to your plantings, especially if you are trying to have a tidy managed look. They generally stay in their clump and politely spread. The life expectancy of the Silene family is usually only a few of years, but it will set seeds to keep your g...

April 29, 2020

This delicate looking yet easy to grow plant is a great way to add texture and color to your landscape. It is a diminutive 12-18 inches and looks great in full to part sun.  Campanulas like consistent moisture in the soil and do not tolerate overly wet or overly dry co...

April 26, 2020

Packera is one of our favorites here at Watermark.  This is a ground cover that will not disappoint! It is a plant that has it all:

  • Profuse spring flowers.

  • Grows most anywhere from almost full sun to full shade.  

  • While it prefers moist soils, it will...

April 23, 2020

This sought after medicinal plant is a really unique addition to any landscape. The small flowers have a dark purple hue and the leaves can be quite very showy with their bronze to yellow fall foliage. 

Yellowroot performs best in a moist woodland area but is also easil...

April 22, 2020

A well know native of herbal lore, Hydrastis canadensis, AKA golden seal, typically blooms mid-April in our area.  Because of its medicinal value the plant has been collected from the wild almost to extinction.  From yellow dye to insect repellant to medicines, goldens...

April 18, 2020

Have you got a problem wet spot in your yard?  Buttonbush will be your saving grace.  While buttonbush thrives in full sun it can still take a fair amount of shade as well.  This plant will be the envy of the neighborhood with its white spikey flower balls(below) in la...

April 13, 2020

We often get requests for evergreen plants.  When it comes to native plants there really are not a whole lot of evergreen choices so that makes Leucothe a real winner!  Springtime brings lovely drooping flowers on this short bush.  It only stands about 2-3 feet high, b...

April 10, 2020

Black Cohosh, Actaea (Cimicifuga) racemosa, and Blue Cohosh, Caulophyllum thalictroides are two woodland wildflowers often confused due to similarity of their common names.  Blue Cohosh grows 1 to 2 feet tall with yellow-green blooms in April that develop into dark blu...

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