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, July 14, 2012

Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' (switch grass) 3-4'h, upright blue summer foliage, yellow fall color with red seedheads, full sun, dry to moist soil tolerant, species native to much of central and eastern North America

NorthCreek Nurseries webpage

The cool blue summer foliage color is really pretty in the garden. This cultivar is typically strongly erect and drought tolerant when established. It is flopping a little bit on the adjacent brick sidewalk probably due to the extreme heat and drought we have been experiencing.

Below is a photo of the lovely soft seed heads.

This switchgrass provides food and shelter for a large variety of birds and insects including the Delaware skipper according to the Illinois Wildflowers webpage.

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