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Environmental Gardening at Behnke’s

Those of you who have shopped here for many years may remember that we used to have our shade and flowering tree display area on the south side of our main driveway (that is, between Route 1 and the parking…

Goldfinches and Monarchs, a Perfect Pair

Hardly do we ever think of these two creatures together, and yet, by planting Black-eyed Susans and Milkweed we are inviting the two to co-mingle.  (Don’t fret, Goldfinches are seed eaters.)  Really, the two aren’t likely to go palling around…

4 Favorite Native Shrubs

Summersweet / Sweet Pepperbush (Clethra) Very aptly named, this shrub will impress you with its sweet scent in the middle of summer when fewer fragrant plants are flowering. Flowers are white or pink spires that are highly attractive to bees,…

The Tall and Short of It

There are many more native grasses to choose from. All are unique and offer exciting and appealing characteristics to the fall garden. Be sure to check out the Baysafe tags when shopping and pick out a variety of native grasses. They are all worthwhile garden plants which are easy to care for. But most of all, these grasses care for our native wildlife and will bring you new butterflies and birds to your yard.

I Love Shade Gardening

I cannot tell you how often I hear people say that they would love to have a beautiful garden but all they have is shade. My suggestion is always the same - add height, texture, movement, and stronger variations of leaf color. Trust me, with a few new additions, you will never see shade as a dark, lifeless place again.

Meet Natalie Brewer – Master Gardener

Many native plants are easy to grow and perform well in the home landscape. You will still need to consider the light and moisture requirements of individual plants, but once they are established, most native plants do not need additional care in the form of fertilizers and pest control. So they can save you time and money.

Creeping Phlox – Phlox subulata

Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata, is one of our most popular species of perennials. It’s a Behnke Baysafe Native Plant, native to sandy and rocky areas of Maryland. Growing low to the ground, it’s a nice ground cover for small-scale situations…


What’s Going on at Behnke’s

Perennial season is well under way, with both of our garden centers continuing to bring in plants as the weather warms. We know that for many of our customers, browsing by Deer is a problem. To address that, we have…

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BaySafe Plant List – Perennials

BaySafe (Native to Maryland) Perennials Plant List (*) Availability of plants varies seasonally Botanical Name Common Name Acorus calumus Sweet Flag* Actaea pachypoda White Baneberry* Actaea (Cimcifuga) racemosa Bugbane Actaea rubra Red Baneberry* Allium cernuum Nodding Onion Amsonia tabernaemontana Blue…


BaySafe Plant List – Trees And Shrubs

BaySafe (Native to Maryland) Trees And Shrubs Plant List (*) Availability of plants varies seasonally Botanical Name Common Name Abies balsamea  Balsam Fir * Acer rubrum  Red Maple Acer saccharum  Sugar Maple Alnus serrulata  Smooth Alder / Hazel  Alder *…

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BaySafe Plant List – Aquatics

BaySafe (Native to Maryland) Aquatic Plant List (*) Availability of plants varies seasonally.  Botanical Name Common Name Alisma subcordatum  Water Plantain * Cabomba caroliniana  Carolina Fanwort* Caltha palustris  Marsh Marigold * Carex glaucescens  Blue Sedge * Decodon verticillatus  Water Oleander *…

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BaySafe Gardening Native Plants Program

The “BaySafe Plants Program” is Behnke Nurseries’ native plants program. BaySafe perennials and woody plants are signed with a distinctive blue logo. We don’t use individual labels in order to reduce the use of plastic. The best availability of BaySafe…

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