About Mt. Cuba Center Mt. Cuba Center is a botanical garden that inspires an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to protect the habitats that sustain them. Over the past 80 years the landscape at Mt. Cuba Center has been transformed from fallow cornfields into thriving, ecologically functional gardens, thanks to the initiative of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland. The gardens at Mt. Cuba Center now represent a variety of habitats, from upland forests and meadows to lowland ponds. With its support of biodiverse communities, Mt. Cuba Center serves as a model for environmentally beneficial gardening. Mt. Cuba Center also conducts original research on native plants in the Trial Garden and manages over 500 acres of natural lands. Mt. Cuba Center is open for visitation April-November and classes are offered year-round. About Trial Garden Research 3120 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707 302.239.4244 mtcubacenter.org Mt. Cuba Center’s Trial Garden, managed by George Coombs, evaluates native plants and their related cultivars for their horticultural and ecological value. The goal of this research is to provide gardeners and the horticulture industry with information about superior plants for the mid-Atlantic region as well as highlight the important ecosystem services native plants provide. Mt. Cuba Center has conducted trial garden research since 2002, including previously completed evaluations of bee balm, false indigo, coreopsis, heuchera, coneflowers, and asters. References Armitage, Allan M. Herbaceous Perennial Plants: A Treatise on Their Identification, Culture, and Garden Attributes. 3rd ed. Stipes, 2008. Cech, R., Tudor, G. Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observer’s Guide. Princeton University Press, 2005. Mader, E., Shepherd, M., Vaughn, M., Black, S., LeBuhn, G. Attracting Native Pollinators. Storey Publishing, 2011. Hawke, R. (1998). "Plant Evaluation Notes: A Comparative Study of Phlox paniculata Cultivars," Chicago Botanic Garden, www.chicagobotanic.org/ downloads/planteval_notes/no35_phloxpaniculata.pdf. Holme, Heather. Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants. Pollination Press, 2014. Locklear, J. Phlox. Timber Press, 2011. Nevison, Keith. "Considering a Role for Native Plant Cultivars in Ecological Landscaping: An Experiment Evaluating Insect Preferences and Nectar Forage Values of Phlox Species Vs. Its Cultivars." University of Delaware, 2016. "Phlox 'Minnie Pearl'." Plant Delights Nursery, www.plantdelights.com "Phlox paniculata 'David'." New Moon Nursery, www.newmoonnursery.com "Phlox paniculata 'Dick Weaver'." Plant Delights Nursery, www.plantdelights.com "Phlox paniculata 'Delta Snow'." Niche Gardens, www.nichegardens.com "Phlox paniculata 'Jeana'." New Moon Nursery, www.newmoonnursery.com "Phlox paniculata 'Lavelle'." Lazy S’s Farm Nursery, www.lazyssfarm.com "Phlox paniculata 'Robert Poore'." North Creek Nurseries, www.northcreeknurseries.com Front Cover: Phlox × arendsii 'Babyface' ©Mt. Cuba Center, 2017. All Rights Reserved.