If you’re in the Maryland area and looking for native plant recommendations, our grounds team loves Green and Gold (Chrysogonum virginianum) and Golden Ragwort (Packera aurea). Both of these native plants are vigorous growers and are easily controlled.
You can’t go wrong with Green and Gold - this plant is native, produces yellow flowers, is deer resistant, attracts pollinators, and its seeds are tasty treats for song birds. It also forms dense, low-growing mats in the landscape which can deter unwanted weeds from germinating - an added bonus! The Green and Gold is currently working its magic near the Arrival Hall.
Golden Ragwort sprouts large clusters of bright yellow, daisy-like flowers around this time of year. This plant is highly adaptable and can grow in full sun to full shade! If you’re interested in supporting your local bee population, the flowers attract carpenter bees, cuckoo bees, and various halictid bees. Golden Ragwort spreads by rhizomes and seed, and it can form large colonies in ideal locations.