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.

Click on any of the photos for an enlarged view

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Aster umbellatus (Doellingeria umbellata) (flat topped aster) white flower mid to late summer, full sun, moist soil, up to 5'h, native to De and much of the eastern US


Connecticut Botanical Center Wildflowers webpage
Monarda fistulosa 'Claire Grace' (bee balm, wild bergamot)3-4'h, dark pink/purple flower in summer, part to full sun, moist soil, attractive to bees/butterflies/hummingbirds, species is native to much of the US


NorthCreek Nurseries webpage
Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise' (garden or summer phlox)full sun, 3-4'h, deep blue/purple blooms Jul-Sept, moist well drained soil, attracts butterflies/hummingbirds, species native to much of eastern half of North America


NorthCreek Nurseries webpage
Spiraea alba (white meadowsweet) deciduous shrub, 3-6'h, dry to wet soil, part to full sun, white/pink flowers in summer, attractive to birds and butterflies, native to DE


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
webpage states that this plant has special value to native bees and that it is the larval food and nectar source for the spring azure butterfly.
Spiraea tomentosa (steeplebush) deciduous shrub, 4' h/w, moist to wet soil, full sun, pink flowers mid to late summer, attracts butterflies,


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center webpage states that this plant has special value to native bees.
Pycnanthemum incanum(mountain mint) 2-4'h, white flowers July-Sept, favored by butterflies/moths/beneficial wasps, part to full sun, native to mid Atlantic and southeast regions of US


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center webpage states that this plant has special value to native bees, bumblebees and honeybees. It is also favored by beneficial wasps. Some suggest using the leaves as a mosquito repellent by rubbing them on skin or clothing.
Verbena hastata (blue vervain)4-6'h, purple flowers late summer, moist to wet soil, full sun, native to mid Atlantic region and most of the US


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center webpage states that in ancient times this plant was thought to be a cure all among medicinal plants and that the Latin name means sacred plant.


Here is a closeup view of the lovely flowers of Verbena hasata.
Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed) 1-2'h, orange flowers in summer, full sun, average to dry soil, attractive to butterflies, native to DE and much of central and eastern US


The United States Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Conservation Service provide information on the many historic uses of this plant as medicine, food and fiber.
Agastache foeniculum (anise hyssop) 2-4'h, blue/violet flowers mid to late summer, full sun, dry soil, flowers are attractive to bees/butterflies/hummingbirds, native to several states in northeast US


Fine Gardening
webpage states the the flowers of this plant are edible and charming crumbled into salads. I have yet to try that but know that this plant is beloved by all manor of bees, moths and butterflies - probably hummingbirds too. It is an attractive and long blooming plant for a dry/well drained sunny spot in the garden.
Asclepias incarnata(swamp or pink milkweed)2-4'h, pink flowers mid to late summer, part to full sun, moist to wet soil, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, native to DE and much of the eastern half of US


NorthCreek Nurseries website states that the leaves of this milkweed plant are the preferred food source of Monarch caterpillars.
Veronicastrum virginicum 'Fascination' (culver's root) full sun-part shade, avg-moist soil, pink/lilac flower May-Aug, 4-6'h


Michael Weishan - host of The Victory Garden - has a post about this plant on his very interesting garden blog titled Old House Old Garden.
Heliopsis helianthoides var scabra 'Summer Nights' (oxeye daisy) 3-4'h, yellow flower mid to late summer, full sun, moist well drained soil, provides nectar in summer for butterflies and other insects and seed for songbirds in winter, native range includes parts of mid Atlantic region of US


American Beauties webpage states the oxeye daisy seeds are a prime source of food for songbirds in the winter and that the old stems provide winter cover for beneficial insects.
Scutellaria incana (downy skullcap) 2-3'h, blue/violet flowers mid summer, part to full sun, med to dry soil, native the much of eastern half of US


Illinois Wildflowers.org has more information about this plant as well as nice photos of the pretty flowers.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Viburnum nudum 'Winterthur' (smooth witherod) deciduous shrub, 8-12'h, white flower spring, dark blue fruit in fall, dark red/purple fall color, part to full sun, tolerant of wide variety of soil- dry to wet, species native to DE and much of eastern half of US


American Beauties webpage has a photo of the very ornamental fruit of this viburnum.
Hypericum frondosum (golden St John's wort) deciduous shrub, 3-4' h/w, part to full sun, dry to moist soil, yellow flower in summer, native to southeast US and parts of the northeast US


The Georgia Wildlife Federation lists the numerous benefits to wildlife provided by this plant.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Meehania cordata (Meehan's mint) full-part shade, 3-6"h spreading ground cover, moist soil, native to several states in the mid Atlantic region of US, blue/violet flower in early summer


This is a great groundcover for the moist shade garden. It is tolerant of deep shade and will spread to form colonies. It is flowering now in early June.

American Beauties webpage


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Rosa setigera (climbing prairie rose) 6-15 long branches, pink flowers late spring/ summer, red hips late summer attractive to birds, part to full sun, native to much of central and eastern US


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center webpage states that this plant has special value to native bees and that many birds relish the showy red fruit.
Rhododendron viscosum (decid azalea or swamp azalea) 6-8'h, fragrant white flower June, red fall color, full-part sun, moist-wet acidic soil, native to DE and much of the eastern US




Rhododendron viscosum is blooming now and perfuming the whole garden. This is a fantastic plant with intensely fragrant flowers and fiery red/orange fall color.
Scutellaria ovata (heart leaf skullcap)up to 18", violet flowers in mid summer, part to full shade, well drained to dry soil, native to central, mid Atlantic and southeast regions of US


This is a beautiful plant that deserves more use in our challenging dry shade gardens. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center webpage.
Spigelia marilandica (Indian pink) 12-18"h, red with yellow flowers in early summer, part to full shade, average to moist soil, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, native to mid-Atlantic region


NorthCreek Nurseries webpage has another picture and more information about this striking plant. Its prefers moist shade but can be tolerant of dry shade once established.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (bearberry) evergreen ground cover, up to 5"h and sprawling, full sun is best, well drained soil important, pink flower is spring, red berry, native range includes mid Atlantic and northeast US


This is a very attractive ground cover that thrives in full sun and well drained soil. Missouri Botanical Garden webpage has more information about this garden worthy plant.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Silene virginica (fire pink) 1"h, red flower spring/early summer, part to full sun, medium to dry soil, native to much of eastern half of US

Illinois Wildflowers webpage