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

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Coppertina' (common ninebark) deciduous shrub, 8-10'hx5-6'w, pink flowers in summer, copper colored new foliage changes to dark red in summer, full sun, tolerant of soils, species is native to DE and much of the eastern half of North America


Cut stems from this common ninebark cultivar are a wonderful component in fresh floral arrangements. The small pink flowers are nice but the dark red foliage is the star. This shrub can grow up to 6-8'h but Missouri Botanical Garden suggests that it can be cut to the ground in late winter if desired.

Here is a photo of this shrub last year in late November complimented beautifully by the fall colors of Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem).


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