Plants for the Shaded Woodland Edge

Oak sedge, a native woodland plant with deeper roots than turf, doesn't need mowing, fertilizer or herbicides.  Serviceberries and Chokeberries are edible by both humans and birds.  Christmas fern tolerates dry shade and is also evergreen.

Note that the Plant List below is accurate, but the photos are not. Please see Blooming Schedule for accurate photos

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Serviceberry

Amelanchier "Autumn Brilliance"

Ecological Benefits: Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer, Food for Breeding Birds, Food for Spring Migrant Birds, Food for Caterpillars

Shrubs

Red Chokeberry

Aronia arbutifolia "Brilliantissima"

Ecological Benefits: Cover for Wildlife, Nest Site for Birds, Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer, Food for Winter Birds, Food for Birds, Food for Caterpillars

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia "PeeWee"

Ecological Benefits: Cover for Wildlife, Nest Site for Birds, Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer

American Holly

Ilex opaca "Maryland Dwarf"

Ecological Benefits: Cover for Wildlife, Nest Site for Birds, Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer, Food for Winter Birds

Anise Tree

Illicium x "Woodland Ruby"

Ecological Benefits:  Cover for Wildlife, Nest Site for Birds, Food for Caterpillars

Spicebush

Lindera benzoin

Ecological Benefits: Cover for Wildlife, Nest Site for Birds, Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer, Food for Birds, Food for Caterpillars

Perennials

Goatsbeard

Aruncus dioicus

Ecological Benefits: Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer

Blue Wood Aster

Aster cordifolius

Ecological Benefits: Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer, Food for Caterpillars

Wild Geranium

Geranium maculatum

Ecological Benefits: Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer

Bowman's Root

Porteranthus trifoliatus 'Pink Profusion'

Ecological Benefits: Not Applicable

Goldenrod

Solidago caesia

Ecological Benefits: Cover for Wildlife, Nest Site for Birds, Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer, Food for Winter Birds, Food for Caterpillars

Grasses & Groundcovers

Pennsylvania sedge

Carex pensylvanica

Ecological Benefits: Cover for Wildlife, Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer, Food for Caterpillars

Seersucker Sedge

Carex plantaginea

Ecological Benefits: Cover for Wildlife, Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer, Food for Caterpillars

Tufted Hair Grass

Deschampsia caespitosa 'Goldtau'

Ecological Benefits: Not Applicable

Lance-leaved Loosestrife

Lysimachia lanceolata var. purpurea

Ecological Benefits: Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer

Creeping Phlox

Phlox stolonifera 'Sherwood Purple'

Ecological Benefits: Cover for Wildlife, Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer

Golden Groundsle

Packera aurea

Ecological Benefits: Pollen Producer, Nectar Producer, Food for Birds

Ferns

Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum pedantum

Ecological Benefits: Cover for Wildlife, Nest Site for Birds

Lady Fern

Athyrium angustum forma rubellum 'Lady In Red'

Ecological Benefits: Cover for Wildlife, Nest Site for Birds

Dixie Wood Fern

Dryopteris x australis

Ecological Benefits: Cover for Wildlife, Nest Site for Birds

Christmas Fern

Polystichum acrostichoides

Ecological Benefits: Cover for Wildlife, Nest Site for Birds

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