Fox Hill Farm Stormwater Basin Project Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association Weeds, Inc. and GreenWeaver Landscapes, LLC Funding provided byWater Resources Education Network - League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania
Warm Season Grasses reducerunoff, improve drainage vs. turf
Redbud Cercis canadensisLavender flowers on dark branches in early spring make the redbuda favorite. A member of the pea family, redbuds produce pods, and also fix nitrogen, which is good for the soil. 15.
Virginia Sweetspire Itea virginica Drooping white spiked flowers in June and terrific red fall color. Thisplant is becoming very popular because of its durability and versatility. 6-8.
Winterberry Ilex verticillataA deciduous holly, winterberry is a beautiful plant all year. Always found in moist soils in nature, winterberry may form colonies if planted in appropriate settings. 8-12.
Witherrod Vibrunum nudumWith, glossy, green leaves, white flowers, and beautiful berries,witherrod is sure to please both humans and birds. It even has terrific, burgundy fall color! 6-10.
Tall White Beardtounge Penstemon digitalisPretty white flowers in summer addan airy look to the meadow. Watchbumblebees crawl in the tubularflowers while collecting pollen.
Spiked Gayfeather Liatris spicataThe shape of this wildflower isunlike any other. Purple spikes andfine, feathery foliage add dramaand grace to any garden. Bloomsin summer.
Golden Alexanders Zizia aureaAlthough Golden Alexanders is notthe showiest wildflower, its yellowblooms in spring are a cheeryaddition. A member of the carrotfamily, Zizia is host to the BlackSwallowtail butterfly. Look for itsbrightly stripped caterpillar, too.
New England Aster Aster novae-angliaeIt is important to add fall bloomingwildflowers as a food source forbees and butterflies. Not only areasters fall blooming, they are verypretty, and add purple to gardenswhen everything else seems to begold.
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirtaA very cheery wildflower, and thestate flower of Maryland, Black-eyed Susan will brighten up anyspot. It is equally at home ingardens, roadsides, or along awood’s edge. The brown seedheads feed goldfinches, and addwinter interest, so make sure youdon’t cut them back until spring.
Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum It may look like an evergreen, but this tree turns russet in fall anddrops its needles. Often seen in swamps, bald cypress can grow in very wet soils and may develop "knees". 50-70.
Buttonbush Cephalanthus occidentalisThis butterfly magnet is often found naturally on banks of wetlands. Unusual white, globe shaped flowers bloom all summer. 6-10.
Chokeberry Aronia arbutifoliaClusters of small white flowers in spring produce berries for birdsthat persist until after frost. Fall color is a brilliant red. This shrub may sucker and form colonies if given enough moisture. 6-10.
Hibiscus Hibiscus moschuetosNot fussy like the tropicals, this hardy hibiscus grows naturally inmarshes in this zone. Huge, saucer-sized flowers in whites and pinks are very showy. Attracts hummingbirds. 4-6.
Swamp Milkweed Aesclepias incarnata In spite of its unfortunate name, this plant is a real gem. The pink flowers are reason enough to love it, but additionally, milkweeds are the only food for monarch caterpillars. Thebright yellow and black striped caterpillars are also very pretty, so plant milkweeds, and everyone is happy!
Blue Flag Iris Iris versicolor Our native blue flag iris provides bold vertical lines as well asbeautiful blue flowers in wet areas. Perfect for wet areas, it is also tough enough for most garden conditions.
Soft Rush Juncus effususDeep green vertical lines provides interest year round in wet soils.
Summersweet Clethra alnifoliaVery fragrant flowers in July, when little else is in bloom. Attracts butterflies. Yellow fall color. 6-10.
Nannyberry Viburnum lentago Flat-topped white flowers produce blue-black berries that sometimespersist into late fall. Attractive to birds and other wildlife and edible for humans. Burgundy fall color is not always consistent. 15.