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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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Juniperus virginiana 'Emerald Sentinel'

This profusion of beautiful blue berries is typical of the eastern red cedar cultivar named 'Emerald Sentinel'. Like most conifers, this plant looks great every day of the year. Cuttings are very long lasting in winter holiday arrangements or wreaths. The shape is a neat, narrow pyramid and current knowledge says that the mature size of this cultivar reaches 6-8 ft wide and 15-20 ft tall making it useful where space is limited. Full sun exposure is best but it is tolerant of sites receiving a little less than that. It is drought tolerant as well as tolerant of moist soils.
The following was copied from the very valuable native plant database created by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
The most widely distributed eastern conifer, native in 37 states, Eastern Red Cedar is resistant to extremes of drought, heat, and cold. Red Cedar can be injurious to apple orchards because it is an alternate host for cedar-apple rust, a fungal disease. First observed at Roanoke Island, Virginia, in 1564, it was prized by the colonists for building furniture, rail fences, and log cabins.

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