Welcome to this site in celebration of a beautiful new public garden in historic Old New Castle, Delaware. It is located behind The Dutch House at 32 East Third St, Old New Castle, DE 19720. Directions

The garden is home to over 200 different species of trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns and grasses. They are all North American native plants and almost every one is native to the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Many are native to Delaware.

If you would like to schedule a guided tour, please contact The New Castle Historical Society at 302-322-2794.

Click on any of the photos for an enlarged view

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Heliopsis helianthoides (early sunflower)3-6'h, yellow bloom in summer, part to full sun, dry to wet soil tolerant, native to mid -Atlantic and northeast region of US
IllinoisWildflowers.info webpage has more information on this plant and its faunal associations.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Rhododendron arborescens var georgiana (decid azalea) fragrant white/pink flower Aug/Sept, 5-10'h, average to dry well drained acidic soil, part to full sun, orange/yellow/red fall color, this variety found in GA and AL

The Allure of Native Azaleas of the Eastern US by Mt Cuba.
Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome' (new name is Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) (New England aster) up to 2'h, full sun, dark purple blooms late summer into autumn, attractive to butterflies, species native to mid-Atlantic region and much of the US, 'Purple Dome' selected and introduced by Mt Cuba

Missouri Botanical Gardens webpage
Rhododendron Westons 'Lemon Drop' (decid azalea) 6-12'h, yellow flowers July, red/yellow fall color, part to full sun, selected hybrid of viscosum

Here is a fine post from GrowingWithPlants.com regarding this wonderful fragrant summer blooming deciduous azalea.
Cuteness in the native plant garden

Here is a link to a fact sheet produced by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife with more information on eastern cottontails whose life expectancy is typically up to one year.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise' (garden or summer phlox)full sun, 3-4'h, deep blue/purple blooms Jul-Sept, moist well drained soil, attracts butterflies/hummingbirds, species native to much of eastern half of North America
NorthCreek Nurseries webpage

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Asclepias incarnata(swamp or pink milkweed)2-4'h, pink flowers mid to late summer, part to full sun, moist to wet soil, attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, native to DE and much of the eastern half of US

This is a very pretty flower and long blooming perennial that is really popular with many insects including what appears to be a monarch butterfly.
Video of butterfly
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Red admiral maybe? Native Delaware
Delaware skipper maybe?
Here are links to more videos taken in the garden on July 13
Bees on Asclepias incarnata
Blue wings
These blue wing wasps are a great example of a beneficial insect that you should welcome in your garden for the beetle grub control that it provides.
Bees, wasps and more
White moths