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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 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 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...

August 27, 2019

For those of you who know me know that Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy played a big part in opening Watermark Woods - Native Plants.  Loudoun Wildlife is the only organization working to preserve habitat and green space in Loudoun County.   Loudoun County is a very unique...

February 12, 2018

I get a lot of questions about the top dressing I use in my pots.  I use rice hulls which is a byproduct of making rice.  They are anti fungal in nature and they help maintain moisture levels in wet seasons.  They also prevent germination of seeds so they are great for...

October 10, 2017

Everybody is doing it!  You should too.  Plant sedges that is!  Sedges are becoming increasingly popular as ground cover.   If you are thinking of ripping out that nasty Lirope(lily turf) or replacing your invasive Aegopodium(bishop's weed) or even just filling in an e...

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