You Bet Your Aster

So it seems like Spring has SPRUNG!! Warmer days, sunny days, some showers–all of it means that our growing season is beginning to gain momentum. Part of our Spring planting plan was to plant some new plants in the Marquee area at the intersection of Tobin and Beverly. The idea was to round up some energetic community volunteers, prep the bed and get to planting. But, that didn’t happen. The company we ordered the plants from sent them to us in the most optimal planting time–which meant this past weekend. We ordered all the plants to be bare root plants (no leaves, just roots) which is much more economical, and beneficial for the plant to avoid transplant shock. What this also means is that bare root plants need to be planted as soon as possible–typically within the first 24 hours. So my sincerest apologies for not getting a rousing group of volunteer gardeners together to help out. The perennial plants have all not been planted, watered, and “tagged” (for now) so you can go check them out. The tags are really just there to remind me where they are planted so we can add the annuals when they arrive (no word on this just yet). It will also help us in this first growing season to visualize where they are and track some of their progress. It will also help ensure the grounds crew understand that these growing things are intentional and not weeds so as to avoid them spraying or pulling them.

Each of these plants were selected to provide (in time) the greatest floral and foliage show throughout the growing season (April-ish – November) that would also provide the greatest ecological and habitat benefit. What did we plant? I am glad you asked!
Aromatic Aster (Aster oblongifolius)
Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)
Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium maculatum)
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Midland Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia)
Fire Pink (Silene virginica)
Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

They will need some TLC this first growing season but are all hearty native plants to the mid-atlantic and Virginia. They will be their absolute best in a growing season or two.

With that please feel free to check them out. Give them some water if you notice they may need it. But above all–enjoy!

What’s growing in your garden? Let me know. If you have areas in your garden you’d like some recommendations or just to bounce ideas off of, we’re happy to help. Again I do apologize for planting on my own this round. But rest assured I will reach out to you all for assistance for the marquee area once the annuals arrive.

In the meantime…let’s get dirty!

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