Tagged: erosion control

A plant that prefers damp areas, we planted turtlehead in the wettest area of our native rain garden. 0

Turtlehead

Like its reptile namesake, turtlehead prefers damp woodland soils and can often be spotted by creeks and marshes. Native east of the Mississippi River (excepting Florida and Louisiana), turtlehead attracts pollinators aplenty. Common Name:...

Each bloom on flower-of-an-hour opens only for one day, and closes within a few hours. 0

Flower-of-an-Hour

A type of hibiscus with distinct lobed leaves, flower-of-an-hour is a welcome volunteer that secures loose soil and attracts pollinators. In the mallow family, it’s an edible cousin of okra. Common Name: Flower-of-an-Hour Scientific...

With its adorable violet flowers, creeping thyme gently sprawls a protective blanket over the soil while attracting pollinators. 0

Creeping Thyme

Creeping thyme ranks high among my favorite groundcovers. An edible evergreen, it controls weed pressure and attracts pollinators to the garden. Common Name: Creeping Thyme Scientific Name: Thymus serpyllum Family: Lamiaceae Uses Edible leaves...

A young Asian pear tree guild produces food, habitat, and improves soil fertility using permaculture principles. 0

Permaculture

Permaculture offers a design approach for meeting human needs while improving the health of the planet. And it inspires a lot of our homestead activities. Quick Overview Inspired by the oil crisis of the...

A young elderberry can be identified by opposite compound leaves with veins that terminate in the tips of the serrated edge, rather than the notch. 0

Elderberry

The elderberry shrub grows quickly, produces bountiful edible fruit and flowers, offers shelter to wildlife, and works as a windbreak. Fast-growing and easy to propagate, elderberry is an outstanding multifunctional native plant for the...

Button bush attracts pollinators to the garden. 0

Buttonbush

Button bush captured my imagination with its wily spiked spheres covered in bees and butterflies during a summer stroll at Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge. It was one of the first plants I introduced to...