Are you ready for fall? While we enjoy native, blooming plants right now like light and airy Hyssop Leaved Boneset (Eupatorium hyssopifolium) , bright yellow Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale), and the purples of the Asters (Symphotrichum spp.) , there’s work to be done.
Leave your perennials and grasses uncut throughout the winter. Not only do the different colors and shapes provide beauty in the landscape, but they also provide cover for wildlife. In winter, wildlife needs cover from the wind and cold. Different types of wildlife will find food and cover at varying heights.
Think about adding trees and shrubs such as Spicebush (Lindera bezoin) which produces fruit in late summer and early fall and is an important food source for fall migrants. All grasses and perennials should be cut back to just above the ground by the end of February.
To find suggestions of which plants do best in rain gardens or the best native plants for different conditions, visit www. Rainscapes.org. RainScapes techniques can help you soak up more water on your property.
Northern Alexandria Fall Native Plant Sale;
Saturday, September 27; 9:00 am-2:00 pm;
NEW location at The Church of St. Clement, 1701 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA 22302 (Corner of Quaker Lane and Oakcrest Drive) (Formerly located at 3601 Valley Drive)
This is the largest native plant sale in the DC Metro area! It features native perennials, shrubs, and trees from about 16 nurseries gathering from Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania!
Tree Giveaway at the Herring Run Nursery;
Saturday, September 20, 27 and October 5th AM – 3:00 PM; Herring Run Nursery 6131 Hillen Rd Baltimore, MD; choose one of six native species:
American hornbeam, hackberry, eastern redbud, black gum, swamp white oak, or willow oak.
Earth Sangha Nursery’s Fall Open House and Plant Sale;
Sunday, September 28th pm; For directions click http://www.earthsangha.org/wpn/wpnvol.html;
At the Nursery, end of Cloud Drive, Springfield, VA 22150; Earth Sangha’s Wild Plant Nursery provides the most comprehensive selection of local native plants for ecological restoration in the Washington, DC, region.
By Carla Ellern, RainScapes Planner, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection