Planting & Gardening Resources

Edmonston is Green!

Pollinator Gardens

Pollinator gardens are used to attract pollinator insects and birds. These pollinators include bees, butterflies, wasps, flies, beetles, hummingbirds, and more. Pollinators are essential to the environment because they pollinate foods and crops that we eat. These insects sustain flower life, they pollinate flowers and give flowers what they need to grow and reproduce. Worldwide there is a decrease in pollinator insects, especially bees. The Town of Edmonston planted pollinator gardens at the Recreation Center and Town Hall to attract more pollinators and provide a home for these wonderful insects.

Edmonston Sunny Plant Kit

On April 15th, 2023, Nature Forward and Chesapeake Bay Trust partnered on an event called “Bilingual Earth Day Festival, where our volunteers and participated in planting rain gardens and sunflowers. If you’re interested starting your own garden, here’s a pollinator plant kit provided by Nature Forward.

Click below on the desired plant kit:

Shady Plant Kit (English)

Shady Plant Kit (Spanish)

Sunny Plant Kit (English)

Sunny Plant Kit (Spanish)

 

Community Garden

Buying locally grown produce – or even better, growing your own – is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and be more environmentally conscious. Edmonston has a community garden on 47th Avenue that provides residents with space to grow their own fruits and vegetables. Space in the garden rotates and is awarded by lottery. Edmonston also has a fruit forest.

Resources

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community garden

Community Orchard

A community orchard is a shared garden with fruit trees. Edmonston’s community orchard is located at the community garden on 47th Avenue. The garden is kept locked, and only people that have purchased a plot can have access. You can buy a plot from Town Hall if there is a spot available. Some fruit trees we have in the community orchard are Persimmon, Paw-Paws, and Serviceberry. When fruits are ripe, they are made available to the community, and they are donated to the local food bank.

Plant Identification Project

Plants of Edmonston Town Hall

There are over 35 different plants located outside of Town Hall. 

Please scan the QR Code on the sign in front of each plant to learn more or browse the gallery below.

china rose

Rose Chinensis

Rosa Chinensis is native to south-west China and can grow up to 1 to 2m tall with single, semi-double or double flowers with red, white, pink or purple petals–it can grow in hedges or form thickets.

YELLOW FLAG IRIS

Iris Pseudacorus

A species of flowering plant in the family Iridaceae. It is native to Europe, western Asia and northwest Africa. This herbaceous flowering perennial plant grows to 100–150 cm, or 2 m tall, with erect leaves up to 90 cm long and 3 cm wide.

FUZZY DEUTZIA

Deutzia Scabra

A species of flowering plant in the hydrangea family (Hydrangeaceae) native to Japan and introduced to mainland east Asia, Europe, and North America. In its native Japan, it is found from the Kantō region, westward to the islands of Kyushu and Shikoku. Its natural habitat is along forest edges and rocky openings.

SOLOMON’S SEAL

Polygonatum Odoratum

A species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to Europe, the Caucasus, Siberia, the Russian Far East, China, Mongolia, Korea and Japan. The scented tubular flowers are white with green tips, borne in spring and hanging from the underside of the stems.

BLACK EYED SUSAN

Rudbeckia Hirta

A North American flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Eastern and Central North America and naturalized in the Western part of the continent as well as in China. The black-eyed Susan was designated the state flower of Maryland in 1918. In this capacity it is used in gardens and ceremonies to celebrate, memorialize and show affection for the state of Maryland and its people.

INDIAN AZALEA

Rhododendron Simsii

A rhododendron species native to East Asia, where it grows at altitudes of 500–2,700 m (1,600–8,900 ft). The flowers range from white to dark red.

SPOTTED LAUREL

Aucuba Japonica

Native to rich forest soils of moist valleys, thickets, by streams and near shaded moist rocks in China, Korea, and Japan. This is the species of Aucuba commonly seen in gardens – often in variegated form.

BROWN EYED SUSAN

Rudbeckia Triloba

A species of flowering plant in the daisy family Asteraceae, native to the United States. It is often seen in old fields or along roadsides. It is also cultivated as an ornamental.

DIDIER’S TULIP

Tulipa Gesneriana

A species of plant in the lily family, cultivated as an ornamental in many countries because of its large, showy flowers. This tall, late-blooming species has a single blooming flower and linear or broadly lanceolate leaves.

CREPE MYRTLE

Lagerstroemia Indica

A species of flowering plant in the genus Lagerstroemia of the family Lythraceae. It is native to the Indian Subcontinent, and also to Southeast Asia, China, Korea and Japan. The tree is a popular nesting shrub for songbirds and wrens.

LILYTURF

Liriope Muscari

A species of flowering plant from East Asia. This small herbaceous perennial has grass-like evergreen foliage and lilac-purple flowers which produce single-seeded berries on a spike in the fall.

FLAME AZALEA

Rhododendron Calendulaceum

A species of Rhododendron native to North America. This species of Rhododendron is native to the Appalachian Mountains in the eastern United States, ranging from southern Pennsylvania and Ohio to northern Georgia.

ORANGE DAYLILY

Hemerocallis Fulva

A species of daylily native to Asia. It is very widely grown as an ornamental plant in temperate climates for its showy flowers and ease of cultivation.

WILD PANSY

Viola Tricolor

A common European wild flower, growing as an annual or short-lived perennial. It has been introduced into North America, where it has spread. It is the progenitor of the cultivated pansy.

PRAIRIE DROPSEED

Sporobolus Heterolepis

A species of prairie grass native to the tallgrass and mixed grass prairies of central North America from Texas to southern Canada. It is also found further east, to the Atlantic coast of the United States and Canada.

CHINESE SILVER GRASS

Miscanthus Sinensis

A species of flowering plant in the grass family Poaceae, native to eastern Asia throughout most of China, Japan, Taiwan and Korea.

CREEPING JUNIPER

Juniperus Horizontalis

A low-growing shrubby juniper native to northern North America, throughout most of Canada from Yukon east to Newfoundland, and in some of the northern United States.

JAPANESE SPINDLE TREE

Euonymus Japonicus

A species of flowering plant in the family Celastraceae, native to Japan, Korea and China. Euonymus japonicus is a popular ornamental plant for parks and gardens, both in its native area and also in Europe and North America.

CHINESE PEONY

Paeonia Lactiflora

A species of herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the family Paeoniaceae, native to central and eastern Asia from eastern Tibet across northern China to eastern Siberia.

SHASTA DAISY

Leucanthamum Superbum

A commonly grown flowering herbaceous perennial plant with the classic daisy appearance of white petals (ray florets) around a yellow disc. It originated as a hybrid produced in 1890 by the American horticulturist Luther Burbank from a number of daisies.

YELLOW DAYLILY

Hemerocallis Lilioasphodelus

A plant of the genus Hemerocallis. It is found across China, in Europe in N.E. Italy and Slovenia and is one of the first daylilies used for breeding new daylily cultivars.

JAPANESE HOLLY

Ilex Crenata

A species of flowering plant in the family Aquifoliaceae, native to eastern China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Sakhalin. Ilex crenata is grown as an ornamental plant for its dense evergreen foliage, and is a popular plant among bonsai enthusiasts.

LONGSTALK SEDGE

Carex Pedunculata

A species of flowering plant in the genus Carex, native to Canada and the central and eastern United States. Its seeds are dispersed by ants.

LITTLE BLUESTEM

Schizachyrium Scoparium

A species of North American prairie grass native to most of the contiguous United States as well as a small area north of the Canada–US border and northern Mexico. It is most common in the Midwestern prairies and is one of the most abundant native plants in Texas grasslands.

EASTERN RED CEDAR

Juniperus Virginiana

A species of juniper native to eastern North America from southeastern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and east of the Great Plains. Further west it is replaced by Juniperus scopulorum (Rocky Mountain juniper) and to the southwest by Juniperus ashei (Ashe juniper).

VIRGINIA SWEETSPIRE

Itea Virginica

A small North American flowering shrub that grows in low-lying woods and wetland margins. Virginia willow is a member of the Iteaceae family, and native to the southeast United States. Depending on location, the species will bloom in late spring to early summer.

FAASSEN’S CATNIP

Nepeta Faassenii

Nepeta faassenii is cultivated for its attractive aromatic foliage and masses of blue flowers, as groundcover, border edging, or in pots or rock gardens. It is drought tolerant, and can be deer resistant. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

CREVICE ALUMROOT

Heuchera Micrantha

A species of flowering plant in the saxifrage family known by the common name crevice alumroot, or small-flowered alumroot. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to California, where it grows on rocky slopes and cliffs.

JAPANESE MEADOWSWEET

Spiraea Japonica

A plant in the family Rosaceae, it is one of several Spiraea shrubs with alternate, simple leaves, on wiry, freely branching, erect stems. Clusters of rosy-pink flowers are found at the tips of the branches.

PURPLE CONEFLOWER

Echinacea Purpurea

A North American species of flowering plant in the sunflower family. It is native to parts of eastern North America and present to some extent in the wild in much of the eastern, southeastern and midwestern United States. The plant has a long history of folkloric medicinal use.

FAASSEN’S CATNIP

Nepeta Faassenii

Nepeta faassenii is cultivated for its attractive aromatic foliage and masses of blue flowers, as groundcover, border edging, or in pots or rock gardens. It is drought tolerant, and can be deer resistant. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

WINGPOD PURSLANE

Portulaca Umbraticola

A perennial succulent in the genus of flowering plants Portulaca. Flower colours range from yellow, pink, orange and blue and the stems, leaves, flowers and roots are edible.

ZONAL GERANIUM

Pelargonium Hortorum

A “nothospecies” of Pelargonium most commonly used as an ornamental plant. It is a hybrid between Pelargonium zonale and Pelargonium inquinans.The flowers come in many colours, including red, pink, scarlet, white, yellow and orange.

COMMON LANTANA

COMMON LANTANA

Lantana Camara

A species of flowering plant within the verbena family (Verbenaceae), native to the American tropics. Lantana has also been used in traditional herbal medicines for treating a variety of ailments, including cancer, skin itches, leprosy, chicken pox, measles, asthma and ulcers.

Indian shot canalily

INDIAN SHOT CANNALILY

Canna Indica

A plant species in the family Cannaceae. It is native to much of South America, Central America, the West Indies, and Mexico. The starch is easily digestible and therefore well suited as a health and baby food. The tubers can be eaten raw or cooked.

RAIN GARDEN


Rain Gardens are specialized areas that utilize plants and drainage techniques to capture excess rain water and prevent pollutants from entering the watershed via stormwater runoff.  The ground underneath is designed to be able to hold a large amount of water and allow it to slowly recharge the groundwater while the plants and soil remove contaminants and excess nutrients through a process called bio-remediation.  Stormwater runoff occurs when rain lands on an impermeable surface like roads or parking lots and washes surface contaminants into drainage channels that eventually lead to the chesapeake bay causing algal blooms and other negative impacts on this delicate ecosystem.  Rain gardens like this one protect the bay and support healthy ecosystems by buffering the impact of impermeable surfaces and stormwater runoff.

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