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Partridgeberry: A Native Groundcover for All Seasons

partridgeberry mitchella repens

Virtues: We love partridgeberry (Mitchella repens) for its evergreen foliage, spring flowers and winter berries. This native groundcover can be found in the woodlands of much of eastern North America, making it a good choice for shade gardens.

Staghorn Sumac is a Tough-As-Nails Native Shrub

fall foliage staghorn sumac

Virtues: Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) tolerates dry conditions, poor soil and air pollution. Native to the eastern United States, it provides year-round interest in a garden while supporting wild birds with its berries.

Culver’s Root Provides Tall Flowers Through Summer

culvers root veronicastrum virginicum

Virtues: We love culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum) for its tall spikes of white or purple flowers that begin in early or midsummer and can continue until autumn. Veronicastrum is a USA-native perennial good at attracting butterflies and bees.

Coneflowers You Can Count On

purple coneflower

Echinacea coneflowers continue to command popularity, with fanciful new varieties appearing every year. One complaint, though, is that they don’t always seem to do well in subsequent seasons.