Michael Durham, of Portland, a photographer who has worked on projects for the Oregon Zoo, National Geographic and the National Park Service, photographed a Western honeybee on a New England Aster
Based on seasonal availability, plants could include: Wild Geranium, Large Beard-tongue, Foxglove Beardtongue, Fall Phlox, Sweet William, Creeping Phlox, Turk's Cap Lily, Swamp Milkweed (to host Monarch butterflies), New England aster
, Switchgrass, Big Bluestem grass, Black-eyed Susan, Jewelweed, Woolly Ragwort, Blue Waxweed, Purple Tridens grass, spearmint, peppermint, oregano, and sage.
Almost every overgrown field and roadside will have an abundance of goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis; New England aster
, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae; Joe Pye weed, Eupatorium purpureum; and Iron Weed, Vernonia al-tissima.
It contains a mix of Big Bluestem, Switchgrass, Indian Grass, Virginia Wild Rye, Partridge Pea, New England Aster
, and Maximillian Sunflower seeds.
Flower gardeners around here may want to consider trumpet honeysuckle, New England aster
, white snakeroot and some varieties of goldenrod, she advised.
I took classes at the New England Wild Flower Society's native plant center, and grew beautiful native flowering plants such as butterfly weed, liatris, coneflower, boltonia, rose mallow, virginia rose, rudbeckia, New England aster
, perennial sunflowers (helianthus) and native grasses, such as switch grass.
In flowerbeds it can serve as a groundcover between other larger perennials such as Joe Pye, New England Aster
, or Culver's Root.
There's gardening on a grand scale in the Perennial Garden, complete with colorful plants that can tolerate the Maryland climate and bloom from spring to autumn, such as the New England aster
(Aster nova-angliae), purple coneflower (echinacea purpurea), and goldenrod (Solidago).