John’s Garden

John is a local celebrity for his green thumb and ability to coax numerous native plants to life. His green thumb is perhaps most evident when walking through his ample, well-situated garden on a half-acre lot in Guilford County, to the south of our farm.

He’s been a mentor of mine over the past 2.5 years, teaching me how to grow natives from seed, sharing tips and tools of the trade. One thing I’ve garnered from my time working with him is a lifelong passion for plants native to North Carolina (he leans more toward the smoky blue Appalachian Mountains, I’m more firmly rooted in our beautiful Piedmont and foothills. But both regions share a legion of trees and herbs.

111817 aromatic aster
This aromatic aster, Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, emits a citrus-like odor when the leaves are rubbed. There were nectar-feeders frequenting these flowers all day.
111817 columbine
This is a purple-flowered columbine (probably Aquilegia vulgaris – non-native)
111817 deciduous holly
Deciduous holly, or winterberry (probably Ilex verticillata). Very easy to garden around, because the leaves are not prickly. The berries persist throughout the winter, transporting the passerby to a holly wonderland.
111817 maidenhair
Two types of maidenhair fern (Adiantum, fore and middle) and a foamflower (Tiarella, back). These are a delight to the eye, covering the ground in a blanket of greenery even as most trees and shrubs have shed their leaves.
111817 sedum ternatum
Somehow, when I was snapping a shot of this hardy succulent Sedum ternatum (wild stonecrop), next to a foamflower, I failed to notice the gladiolus foliage hogging the show. These plants are located below the winterberry.

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