Friday, November 1, 2013

Creating a Native Woodland Garden

My next project, over the coming years, is creating a mountain garden in the woods surrounding the field where I garden. Here is a list of best plants for creating a shady mountain garden featuring plants found in the Blue Ridge Mountians:

  • Vibernum acerifolim (Mapleleaf viburnum)
  • Rhododendron calendulaceum (Flame Azalea) 
  • Rhododendron arborescens (Sweet Azalea)                
  • Rhododendron minus (Small-Leaved Rhododendron)
  • Rhododendron periclymenoides (Pinxter-Bush)
  • Rhododendron prinophyllum (Pink Azalea) 
  • Rhododendron viscosum (Clammy Azalea)
  • Rhododendron maximum (Rosebay Rhododendron)
  • Rhododendron catawbiense (Catawba Rhododendron)
  • Kalmia latifolia (Mountian Laurel)
  • Hydrangea arborescens (Wild Hydrangea)
  • Euonymus americanus (Hearts-a-bustin)
Smaller Plants:
  •  Aquilega canadensis (Columbine)
  • Aster patens (Purple Aster)
  • Caulopyllum thalictroides (Blue Cohosh)
  • Chrysopsis mariana (Maryland Golden Aster)
  • Dicentra eximia (Bleeding Hearts) 
  • Eupatorium fistulosum (Joe Pye Weed)
  • Geranium maculatum (Wild Geranium)
  • Iris cristata (Dwarf Crested Iris)
  • Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower)
  • Heuchera americana (Alumroot)
  • Lilium superbum (Turks Cap Lily)
  • Polygonatum biflorum (Soloman's Seal)
  • Trillium grandiflorum (Trillum)
  • Viola pedata (Bird-foot Violet)
  •  Viola rostrata (Long Spurred Violet)

Learn More:

Here are some great links for more info on native plants:

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