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, April 22, 2012

Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet' (Virginia sweetspire) deciduous shrub, 3-4'h, white flower in early summer, brilliant dark red fall color, part to full sun, tolerant of wide range of soil - dry to wet, native to mid-Atlantic and southeast US

Click on the image to enlarge and see the flowers developing. Missouri Botanical Garden webpage has a good picture of the flowers. This is a very useful small flowering shrub that is tolerant of a wide range of garden conditions. Its habit of suckering to form larger colonies makes it useful for erosion control. It would also be a nice woody component in a rain garden. There is a dwarf form called Little Henry that is said to grow 2-3'h.

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