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

Monday, May 23, 2011

Chionanthus virginicus (fringe tree)

The lovely and fragrant flowers of the native fringe tree in bloom on May 11. This is a rather small flowering tree that would be a fine specimen in a small garden. Here is a link to more information about this plant.

Medicinal uses (copied from Wikipedia page)
The dried roots and bark were used by Native Americans to treat skin inflammations. It has also been used to treat liver problems and gall-bladder inflammation. There is some evidence that it reduces sugar levels in urine. The crushed bark can be used in treatment of sores and wounds.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Zizea aurea (Golden Alexander)

This is a lovely perennial for the home garden. It blooms from early May into June and is a very nice long lasting cut flower. The plant pictured is in a site which receives a few hours of morning sun. It looks nice planted with Virginia bluebells as they are still in bloom when the Zizea begins blooming.

Deciduous azalea 'My Mary'

One of the many beautiful native plants that deserve more widespread use in our gardens. My Mary is flowering during the first two weeks of May in Old New Castle DE.