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, July 14, 2012

Ruellia humilis (wild petunia)1'h sprawling, pale purple flower in summer, part sun, moist soil, native to mid Atlantic/central/southeast regions of US

Illinois wildflowers
webpage lists faunal associations for plants and states that leaf cutting bees sometimes use the leaves of this wild petunia for their nests.
Delaware Department of Agriculture has produced a brochure called Farming for Native Pollinators that is filled with information on different bees, how they function as pollinators, how to provide nesting sites as well as plants to attract the bees.

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