Native Plants of Summer

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When the exuberant spring wildflower display is over, summer challenges us to find eye-catching plants that support wildlife and contribute to a healthy environment. Learn to identify 60 beautiful and functional native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials chosen by our experienced horticultural staff. Through lectures and outdoor labs, examine the key identifying characteristics of each plant, their preferred site conditions and environmental value. Use this information and expertise when selecting plants for the summer garden.

Each week a powerpoint presentation talks about the key identification features of 10 plants that are noteworthy in summer. Cuttings of the plants are in the front of the room for students to get an up-close look and students receive a handout describing the plants. After the 1 hour presentation, students are given a tour of the garden to see the 10 plants covered in class. Students are invited to study in the garden.

Hour 1: Powerpoint presentation
Hour 2: Garden tour

1 Actaea pachypoda
2 Actaea racemosa
3 Aesculus parviflora
4 Allium cernuum
5 Aruncus dioicus
6 Asclepias incarnata
7 Asclepias tuberosa
8 Carex pensylvanica
9 Carex plantaginea
10 Carpinus caroliniana
11 Caulophyllum thalictroides
12 Clematis viorna
13 Clethra alnifolia
14 Coreopsis verticillata
15 Cornus alternifolia
16 Echinacea purpurea
17 Eurybia macrophylla
18 Eutrochium fistulosum
19 Fagus grandifolia
20 Hibiscus moscheutos
21 Hydrangea quercifolia
22 Hydrangea radiata
23 Hydrastis canadensis
24 Hypericum densiflorum
25 Ilex glabra
26 Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’
27 Kalmia latifolia
28 Liatris spicata
29 Lilium canadense
30 Lobelia cardinalis
31 Lonicera sempervirens
32 Magnolia grandiflora
33 Magnolia virginiana
34 Monarda didyma
35 Opuntia humifusa
36 Penstemon calycosus
37 Phlox paniculata
38 Phlox sp.
39 Physostegia virginiana
40 Pycnanthemum flexuosum
41 Quercus alba
42 Rhododendron arborescens
43 Rhododendron maximum
44 Rhododendron prunifolium
45 Rubus odoratus
46 Rudbeckia fulgida
47 Rudbeckia hirta var. hirta
48 Ruellia caroliniensis
49 Sarracenia purpurea
50 Scutellaria serrata
51 Senna hebecarpa
52 Silphium mohrii
53 Solidago juncea
54 Spigelia marilandica
55 Stokesia laevis
56 Styrax americanus
57 Thermopsis villosa
58 Vaccinium corymbosum
59 Veronicastrum virginicum
60 Viburnum nudum
Hockessin, DE
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
1. Know and identify 60 native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.
2. Learn how these native plants can be used in the landscape; see and understand their shape, form and function in the landscape.
3. Understand the ecological benefit and function of these native plants.
Eileen Boyle; Vic Piatt
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