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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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Eurybia divaricata (white wood aster)

Eurybia divaricata or white wood aster in February. This is a great plant to lighten up and liven up your shade garden in the late summer into early winter. Plus, the the dried seed heads are very ornamental throughout the winter and can be nice additions to your holiday decorating - on wreaths or tucked into a Christmas tree. It has a sprawling ground cover habit which effectively contributes to weed suppression and is tolerant of dry shade. A very pleasing color and textural combination includes white wood aster, the evergreen chrismas fern(Polystichum acrostichoides) and native pachysandra(Pachysandra procumbens). Please click on the picture to get a closer view of the lovely form of the seedheads.

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