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Paca Garden Plant Sale

About This Year's Sale

There have been some changes to our Plant Sale process this year to keep our shoppers and volunteers safe.

An in-person sale will be offered on Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9, with capacity restrictions and timed entry (registration required). 

Registration for entry will open on Tuesday, April 27 for HA Members (Become a Member Now!) and on Friday, April 30 for the general public.

An online sale will be offered beginning Monday, May 17, with Curbside Pickup beginning Friday, May 21.

The Plant Sale Catalog will be available on April 30 for free online and for purchase at the William Paca House and Garden and the HA Museum Store.

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About This Year's Plants

A tradition for over 40 years, the William Paca Garden Plant Sale provides the opportunity to take home a piece of history. HA volunteers personally raise over 8,000 plants - perennials, annuals, trees, vines, and vegetable starts - that represent the best of the old and the new. From heirloom tomatoes to Thomas Jefferson's favorite snail vine, from native Blue Mist Flower to the newly developed coneflowers "Ruby Star” and “ Sombrero Adobe Orange,” you will find something here to delight.  In addition, we will be offering ColumbineBalloon Flower and Blackberry Lily grown from seeds collected from the William Paca Garden.  A new special tomato this year is the San Marzano plum tomato.  That’s the wonderful tomato grown in Italy, highlighted in canned tomatoes from Italy and elsewhere.

All proceeds support the programs of the William Paca ​Garden. Your purchase will ensure the maintenance of our precious cultural site and its future. Thank you!

Grow a Pollinator Garden

To attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and song birds to your garden, select nectar plants and plants that produce seeds.  In addition to nectar-rich plants, butterflies depend on specific host plants for the caterpillar stage.  They also need small bushy plants to which the larvae can attach their chrysalis. To create your pollinator garden, try choosing some of these perennials:

Achillea millefolium Common Yarrow
Amsonia tabernaemontana Eastern Bluestar
Anemone x hybrida Japanese Windflower
Aquilegia (multiple species) Columbine
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Weed
Astilbe (multiple species) Chinese Astilbe
Baptisia australis False Indigo
Begonia grandis Hardy Begonia
Brunnera macrophylla Siberian Bugloss
Calaminta nepeta ssp. glandulosa Lesser Calamint
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Plumbago, Leadwort
Chelone lyonii Turtlehead
Chrysogonum virginianum Green & Gold
Convallaria majalis Lily-of-the-Valley, White
Convallaria majalis rosea Lily-of-the-Valley, Pink
Crocosmia Falling Star
Delosperma (Multiple species) Ice Plant
Dianthus amurensis Hardy Pinks
Echinacea purpurea Cone Flower
Epimedium species Epimedium
Eutrochium dubium Dwarf Joe Pye Weed
Geranium macrorrhizum Cranesbill Geranium
Helenium autumnale Sneezeweed
Hemerocallis Daylily
Hosta species Hosta
Iris louisiana Louisiana Iris
Iris sibirica Siberian Iris
Leucanthemum x superbum Shasta Daisy
Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower
Lobelia syphilitica Great Blue Lobelia
Monarda fistulosa Bee Balm
Nepeta cataria Catnip
Nepeta subsessilis Japanese Catmint
Oenothera fruticosa Sundrops
Oenothera lindheimeri Wand Flower
Penstemon barbatus Beard Tongue
Perovskia atriplicifolia Russian Sage
Phlox divaricata Woodland Phlox
Phlox paniculata Garden Phlox
Pycnanthemum incanum Hoary Mountain Mint
Rudbeckia fulgida   Black-Eyed Susan
Rudbeckia hirta Black-Eyed Susan
Rudbeckia laciniata Cutleaf Coneflower
Salvia nemorosa Woodland Sage
Salvia x superba Salvia
Sedum spectabile Showy Stonecrop Sedum
Verbascum x hybrida Purple Mullein
Veronica spicata Speedwell
Grow a Rain Garden

A rain garden is a garden of native shrubs, perennials, and flowers planted in a small depression, which is generally formed on a natural slope. It is designed to temporarily hold and soak in rain water runoff that flows from roofs, driveways, patios or lawns.

For the shady rain garden, try:

Asarumcanadense Wild Ginger Perennial
Astilbe x arendsii Astilbe, 'Bressingham Beauty' Perennial
Athyriumnipponicum Japanese Painted Fern Perennial
Clethra alnifolia Summersweet Woody
Cyrtomium fortunei Holly Fern Perennial
Dryopteris x australis Dixie Wood Fern Perennial
Heuchera x hybridus Coral Bells, 'Amethyst Mist' Perennial
Heuchera x villosa  Hairy Alumroot Perennial
Hydrangea quercifolia Dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea Woody
Itea virginica Virginia Sweetspire Woody
Lamprocapnos spectabilis Bleeding Heart, Common Pink Perennial
Matteuccia struthiopteris Ostrich Fern Perennial
Mimulus x hybrida Monkey Flower Annual
Pachysandra procumbens Alleghany Spurge Perennial
Sysrinchium Little Blue-Eyed Grass, ‘Lucerne’  Perennial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Rain Gardens in a sunny area can bring beauty to your yard all summer long and attract both butterflies and pollinators. For a sunny spot, try:

Aesculusparviflora Bottlebrush Buckeye Woody
Amsonia tabernaemontana  Eastern Bluestar Perennial
Asclepias curassavica Silky Milkweed, 'Red Butterfly Weed' Perennial
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Weed Perennial
Baptisia australis False Indigo Perennial
Betulanigra River Birch Woody
Cercis Canadensis Eastern Redbud Woody
Echinacea purpurea Coneflower Perennial
Eutrochium dubium Dwarf Joe Pye Weed Perennial
Foeniculum Fennel Culinary
Petroselinum Parsley, Italian Flat Leaf Culinary
Grow a Native Garden

A native garden incorporates plants that have adapted to the local climate and soil conditions where they naturally occur. These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for native butterflies, insects, birds and other animals.

Amsonia tabernaemontana Eastern Bluestar
Aquilegia canadensis Columbine
Asarum canadense Wild Ginger
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Weed
Baptisia australis False Indigo
Chelone lyonii Turtlehead
Chrysogonum virginianum Green & Gold
Echinacea purpurea Cone Flower
Eutrochium dubium Dwarf Joe Pye Weed
Iris cristata Crested Dwarf Iris
Iris versicolor Blue Flag Iris
Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower
Lobelia syphilitica Great Blue Lobelia
Matteuccia struthiopteris Ostrich Fern
Monarda fistulosa Bee Balm
Oenothera fruticosa Sundrops
Pachysandra procumbens Alleghany Spurge
Phlox divaricata Woodland Phlox
Physostegia virginiana Obedient Plant
Pycnanthemum incanum Hoary Mountain Mint
Polemonium reptans Creeping Jacob's Ladder
Sanguinaria canadensis Bloodroot
Sisyrinchium angustifolium Blue-eyed Grass
Solidago sphacelata Golden Rod
Stokesia laevis Stokes Aster
Stylophorum diphyllum Celandine or Wood Poppy
Tiarella cordifolia Trailing Foam Flower
Tradescantia virginiana Spiderwort
Woodwardia  areolata Chain Fern
Grow a Shade Garden

SHADE GARDEN

If you have an area that gets little sun (four hours or less), think about putting in a shade garden. Shade gardens may occur naturally or by design under trees, as well as on the side of buildings or fences. These perennials adapt well to shade:

Anemone x hybrida Japanese Windflower
Aquilegia vulgaris Columbine
Asarum canadense Wild Ginger
Astilbe chinensis Chinese Astilbe
Athyrium nipponicum Japanese Painted Fern
Begonia grandis Hardy Begonia
Brunnera macrophylla Siberian Bugloss
Carex siderosticha Sedge, wide leaf
Cyrtomium fortunei Holly Fern
Dicentra x 'Luxuriant' Fern-leaf Bleeding Heart
Dryopteris x australis Dixie Wood Fern
Epimedium species Epimedium
Helleborus sp. Lenten Rose
Heuchera x hybridus Coral Bells
Heuchera x villosa Hairy Alumroot
Hosta species Hosta
Hypericum calycinum  Creeping St. John's Wort
Lamprocapnos spectabilis Common Pink Bleeding Heart
Matteuccia struthiopteris Ostrich Fern
Onoclea sensibilis Sensitive Fern
Osmunda cinnamomea Cinnamon Fern
Pachysandra procumbens Alleghany Spurge
Phlox divaricata Woodland Phlox
Polemonium reptans Creeping Jacob's Ladder
Polygonatum odoratum Variegated Solomon's Seal
Polystichum munitum Sword Fern
Pulmonaria officinalis Lungwort
Sanguinaria canadensis Bloodroot
Stylophorum diphyllum Celandine or Wood Poppy
Tiarella cordifolia Trailing Foam Flower
Woodwardia  areolata Chain Fern