The transition area between meadow and woods is partially shady and a special habitat for communities of native shrubs, shade loving forbs and grasses, ferns and mosses.
Native low growth shrubs and a variety of mosses naturally fill in the eastern and southern woods edge. We are enhancing the woods edge in various places with diverse native evergreens, deciduous trees, and shrubs. Environments similar to the woods edge due to shade from large oaks near the residence have also been enhanced with native shrubs, grasses, and forbs.
Lowbush blueberry (vaccinium angustifolium)
Witch hazel l (hamamelis virginiana)
Rhododendron (rhododendron maximum)
Arrowwood viburnum (viburnum dentatum)
Black haw viburnum (viburnum prunifolium)
Redtwig dogwood (cornus alba)
Canaan fir (abies balsamea var phanerolepsis)
Riverbirch (Betula nigra)
American holly (ilex opaca)
bower (noun) 1. a pleasant shady place; 2. a retreat or sanctuary
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