by Lisa Tome
Jodie Shivery is working to bring new life and a new look to North East.
Shivery, of Ecologically Sound Landscapes, is sprucing up the entrance to the town on Route 272. She and town crews were working last week in the triangular piece of ground where Mauldin Avenue and Main Street meet.
"The plants are coming," said Shivery, as she worked to prune existing plants and prepare for new plantings.
Shivery is working to create an explosion of color. She will plant red Drift roses, yellow St. John's Wort, blue Rattlesnake, and Fireball plants. She is also mixing in native plants including the newly developed Berry Poppins, a native holly.
"I try to use native plants when I can. The native plants are bird food," said Shivery, who is a contractor hired by the town. "I will try to make it beautiful but we have our work cut out for us," she said.
Her goal is to have everything in place by Mother's Day weekend. During that time, the town welcomes many visitors for the St. Mary Anne's plant sale and other events.
Shivery, a Cecil native, runs her company out of Perryville.
She provides services including plant design, stormwater management, ornamental applications, reforestation, and meadow and buffer planting. She also provides consultation services and landscape education.