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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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Nyssa sylvatica 'Wildfire'

Nyssa sylvatica 'Wildfire' (black gum or black tupelo) deciduous tree, 30-50'h 20'w, part to full sun, moist acidic soil, new foliage emerges red is green in the summer then displays fiery yellow/orange/red fall color, species native to DE and much of the eastern half of the US

New foliage emerging on the stems of the Nyssa sylvatica. The Missouri Botanical Garden webpage describes the flowers of this plant as an excellent nectar source for bees and the fruit as favored by birds.

Pleasant Run Nursery webpage has a photo of the fiery fall color of this tree.

Claytonia virginica (spring beauty)

Claytonia virginica (spring beauties)3-6"h, pink/white flower in spring, shade to part sun, moist soil, native to DE and much of the eastern half of the US

John Clayton (1694–1773) was a Colonial plant collector in Virginia. Clayton was born in England, and moved to Virginia with his father in 1715, where he lived in Gloucester County, near the Chesapeake Bay, exploring the region botanically. Clayton sent many specimens, as well as manuscript descriptions, to Dutch botanist Jan Frederik Gronovius in the 1730s. Without Clayton's knowledge, Gronovius used the material in his Flora Virginica (1739–1743, 2nd ed. 1762). Many of Clayton’s specimens were also studied by the European botanists Carl Linnaeus and George Clifford. In Clayton’s honor, Linnaeus named a common eastern North American wildflower, the spring beauty, Claytonia virginica. (this paragraph was copied from Wikipedia)

The corm of this plant is edible by humans. Here is an Illinois Wildflowers webpage with more information about this spring beauty.

The USDA plant database contains this link to Native American Ethnobotany from the University of Michigan which details the edible and medicinal use of spring beauty.

The University of Wisconsin Herbarium webpage contains links to several sites with more information and beautiful photographs of Claytonia virginica.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sedum ternatum

Sedum ternatum (woodland stonecrop) 6"h groundcover, white flowers in spring, sun to shade, well drained moist to dry, native to central, mid Atlantic and southeast regions of US

This lovely little ground cover sedum is tolerant of a wide range of soil and light conditions. Here is a link to the Missouri Botanical Garden webpage featuring this plant.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Pachysandra procumbens

Pachysandra procumbens (Allegheny spurge) evergreen groundcover, white flowers in spring, part to full shade, native to PA and SE United States

NorthCreek Nurseries' website has more information and photographs for this plant.

Zizea aurea

Zizea aurea (golden alexander)up to 3'h, yellow flower in spring, part shade to full sun(if soil is moist), native to eastern US

Zizea aurea just beginning to bloom. Here is a link to a post from last year showing the plant in full flower.

Mertensia virginica

Mertensia virginica (Virginia bluebells)1-2'h, blue flower in spring, part to full shade, native to much of the eastern half of the US

Here is The Missouri Botanical Garden webpage with more information about this wonderful spring blooming plant.

Packera anonyma (formerly Senecio smallii)

Senecio smallii (southern ragwort)12"h, yellow flower in spring, part to full sun, average to dry soil, native to mid Atlantic and southeast regions of US

Here is a link to alabamaplants.com with more information and photographs of this plant.

Phlox stolonifera 'Sherwood Purple'

Phlox stolonifera 'Sherwood's Purple' (creeping phlox) 4-6"h, semi evergreen groundcover, purple flower in late spring, prefers moist soil in part to full shade, species native to mid-Atlantic region

Here is a link to NorthCreek Nurseries' website with more information about this lovely plant.

Luzula acuminata

Luzula acuminata (hairy woodrush) 1-2'h grass, flowers in late winter, moist to wet soil, part shade, native to much of eastern half of North America

The lovely burgundy winter color of this plant can be seen in the photo on the post dated March 07, 2012. Here is a link to alabama plants that has more information about this plant as well as nice closeup images of the flowers.

Thursday, March 15, 2012


The enchanting round lobed hepatica is one of the first wildflowers to bloom. The flower colors can range from white, pink or blue/violet. The new leaves emerge after the flowers and it is important to not cut back the plants leaves in autumn. The plant is referred to as Hepatica nobilis var obtusa, Hepatica americana, Anemone americana, or Anemone hepatica. Common names include round lobed liver leaf and liverwort. Here is a plant profile written by the US Forest service.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Luzula acuminata

Luzula acuminata (hairy woodrush) is a lovely little native grass for a moist to wet site in part shade. The leaves have been a nice dark burgundy color throughout this past mild winter but are normally green throughout the summer. The flowers began to appear in late February. The plant grows to about one foot tall and slowly spreads via rhizomes.