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.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima'

You can count on Aronia(red chokeberry) for fantastic fall color along with red berries. The shrub is graced with small white flowers in late spring/early summer, has healthy glossy green foliage all summer then looks like this photograph in autumn. Aronia is easy to grow and tolerant of a wide range of conditions. Here is more information about this small flowering shrub.

There is a deep purple fruiting Aronia melanocarpa (black chokeberry) that is quite beautiful. The fruit of black chokeberry is rich in phytochemicals that contribute to its antioxidant properties. There are several named cultivars selected for plant size, fruit size and quality of foliage.


  1. What a beautiful shrub! I wanted to add some to my garden but don't have the space. I love just about any shrub that has fall color and berries for the birds!

  2. Welcome Casa Mariposa, I think Aronia is a good shrub to use within a perennial bed for added interest and structure and height.