The DNLA Plants of the Year Program promotes great plants that are well-adapted to Delaware’s environment. Each year, the DNLA selects one herbaceous plant and one woody plant for use in Delaware landscapes. This year marks Delaware Nursery & Landscape Association’s Twenty-First Annual Plant of the Year selection.
Herbaceous: Eurybia divarcata (Aster divaricatus) White Wood Aster
This fantastic native ground cover has small, star-like white flowers with yellow centers, borne in profusion from mid-July into early October. It is one of the few asters that grows in the shade, but takes sun as well. White wood aster grows in average to dry soils, and works well as a ground cover at the edge of the woods or at the front of a border growing through other plants. It attracts butterflies, is somewhat deer-resistant and makes a good filler in a cut flower arrangement.
Woody: Carpinus caroliniana Ironwood
Ironwood is a small to medium-sized, wide-spreading tree that is sometimes called Blue Beech or Musclewood, It gets its common name from its thin, bluish grey, sinewy bark that looks like flexed muscles. Leaves are pointed, serrated and dark green, often lustrous, in summer and change to yellow, orange, red, and reddish purple in fall. This handsome native tree is usually found as an understory plant along rivers and streams. Ironwood has a lot to offer our landscapes in subtle beauty