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, February 23, 2012

Cornus sericea 'Farrow' (Artic Fire red twig dogwood)


This is a wonderful plant for winter interest in the garden. This cultivar is especially nice since it was selected for its compact size and intensity of red color in the winter. Artic Fire grows to 3-4 feet high while the straight species can reach 8-10 feet high. You might also find it listed as Cornus stolonifera. Its common names include red-osier and red-twig dogwood. Plant in moist soil in part to full sun. The white flowers in early summer are followed by small white fruit. The flowers and fruit are attractive to butterflies and birds. The fall leaf color is dark red. It is nice if it can be sited to be viewed against an evergreen background. The species is native to much of North America except the south central and south east regions. Here is a link to the rook.org page with more information about this species. The cut stems are very useful in winter holiday arrangements and I used some this winter to support the top heavy amaryllis flower stalks.

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