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Plant terms can be confusing. If you find yourself a bit perplexed, the glossary below may help. If I have missed any, please let me know.

Happy Planting!


Acidic Soil Soil with a pH of less than 7
   
Alkaline Soil Soil with a pH of greater than 7
   
Amendment Any material, such as compost or lime, that is mixed with existing soil to improve properties
   
Annual Plant that completes its lifecycle in one growing season, then dies
   
Basal Foliage Leaves found near the base of the stem
   
Biennial Plant that completes its lifecylce in two growing seasons, then dies
   
Border A garden, usually containing a variety of plants, that is backed by walls, fences, or taller plants, such as, trees or shrubs
   
Compost Organic material used as a soil amendment
   
Crown Area on a plant where the stem meets the root, generally found at soil level
   
Cultivar Refers to a group of plants within a species that has slightly different characteristics, such as, flower color or size
   
Deadheading Removal of old, spent/dead flowers, may promote reblooming
   
Deciduous Refers to trees and shrubs that lose their leaves seasonally, usually in the fall
   
Division The process of splitting up plants, commonly performed on perennials
   
en masse Planting masses of the same plant to create a bold statement
   
Evergreen Plants that retain their foliage for more than one growing season
   
Fertilizer Organic or inorganic material added to the soil to encourage plant growth
   
Groundcover A plant that spreads to cover the soil surface
   
Growth Rate Slow: 3-6" per year, Moderate: 6-12" per year, Fast: 12-24+ per year
   
Habit General form or shape of a plant
   
Hardiness Zone Zones that provide guidelines to measure a plants ability to tolerate hot and cold temperatures
   
Herbaceous Non-woody plant that dies back to the ground every year
   
Invasive Plant A plant that spreads rapidly and may take over a garden bed
   
Loam Soil that is a mixture of clay, sand and silt
   
Mass Planting A planting where large numbers of the same plant are used to provide visual interest
   
Native Plant A plant that naturally occurs in a certain area
   
Node (leaf node) a joint on a plant stem
   
Perennial Plant that survives for 3 or more growing seasons
   
Pinching A technique used to promote fuller or shorter plants, often resulting in more flower heads
   
Rhizome an underground stem
 

Stamen

pollen producing structure, usually found within the center of the flower
Spathe Leaf like structure that encloses the flower
   
Taproot Main root of a plant, usually growing straight down
   
Variegated A plant whose green foliage is marked with another color, usually white or yellow

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Container Gardening, How To:

Container gardening is one of the easiest ways to add color and beauty to a space.  For some people containers are used to spruce up a deck, a front door, or a dull spot in the landscape.  For others, containers make up their entire garden.  Check out the steps below and then get started on your container garden.

Evaluate your light.  How much sun your container receives per day will determine what type of plants you will use.  Full sun plants require 6+ hours of sun per day.  Part shade plants need between 3 and 6 hours.  If your container will get 3 hours or less, use shade plants.  When buying your plants, check the tags for proper sunlight exposure.      

Determine your color scheme.  There are numerous ways to combine color in a container: 

The most attractive containers follow these three simple rules:

Choose your plants.  Select plants that play well together. In other words, all the plants should require the same amount of light and moisture. If you combine plants with different needs, some of them will not thrive.  Check plant tags.     

Think about color, texture, and contrast when picking plants.  Plants with similar leaf/flower shape and size will blend together, whereas, plants with different shapes will stand out.   Do not hesitate to include some beautiful foliage plants in your design.

Choose your pot.  Whether buying a new pot or using an old one you found in the shed, be sure the container is large enough to hold the soil needed for the plants and that it has drainage holes.  Keep in mind that the color of the container will become part of your color scheme, unless it is a neutral, such as, green, black, or brown.   

Add your soil.  Good soil is directly linked to plant performance.  Use a high quality potting mix, amended with compost and shredded pine bark.  A two to one ratio works well (2 parts potting mix, to 1 part compost and pine bark).  I like to incorporate a high quality, organic, slow release fertilizer as well.  That way I do not have to apply a weekly liquid fertilizer throughout the entire summer.  Instead, I use the liquid stuff to give the plants a boost now and then.

Plant your container.  Before you actually remove any of your plants from their pots, place them on top of the soil in your container.  Arrange them in the most attractive design.  When ready to plant, remove the plants from their pots.  If you see circular roots, gently tease the roots out.  Plant them in the soil, tipping them slightly, especially your “filler” and “spiller”, to encourage them to flow over the edge of the pot.

Water well.  When water begins to flow out of the pots drainage holes you can stop.

                               Happy Planting!    

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Barrenwort

type:

category:container gardening

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 5 6 7 8

Bearberry

type:shrub

category:container gardening

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 2 3 4 5 6

Christmas Fern

type:fern

category:container gardening

light: part sun / shade shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7 8

Comfrey

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: part sun / shade shade

height:variable

zone: 3 4 5 6 7 8

Creeping Wintergreen

type:

category:container gardening

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6 inches or less

zone: 3 4 5 6

Daffodil

type:bulb / corm / tuber

category:container gardening

light: full sun part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7

Dead Nettle

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7 8

Gland Bellflower/Ladybells

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 3 4 5 6 7

Glory of the Snow

type:bulb / corm / tuber

category:container gardening

light: full sun part sun / shade shade

height:6 inches or less

zone: 4 5 6 7 8

Goldmoss Stonecrop

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:6 inches or less

zone: 3 4 5 6 7 8

Hardy Cyclamen

type:bulb / corm / tuber

category:container gardening

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6 inches or less

zone: 5 6 7

Hardy Geranium/Cransbill

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:variable

zone: 3 4 5 6 7 8

Honesty/Money Plant

type:biennial

category:container gardening

light: part sun / shade shade

height:2-3 feet

zone: 4 5 6 7 8

Ivy

type:vine

category:container gardening

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7 8 9

Japanese Anemone

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:2-3 feet

zone: 4 5 6 7

Korean Rock Fern

type:fern

category:container gardening

light: part sun / shade shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 6 7 8

Lady's Mantle

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7

Lily Turf

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 6 7 8 9

Lungwort

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Mondo Grass

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 6 7 8 9

Painted Arum

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: part sun / shade shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 5 6 7 8 9

Painted Arum

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: part sun / shade shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 5 6 7 8 9

Pearly Everlasting

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 3 4 5 6 7 8

Poppy Anemone

type:bulb / corm / tuber

category:container gardening

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 6 7 8 9

Rockcress

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: full sun

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7

Rockcress

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: full sun

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7

Rockcress

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: full sun

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7

Sedge Grass

type:ornamental grass

category:container gardening

light: full sun part sun / shade shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 5 6 7 8

Shield Fern

type:fern

category:container gardening

light: part sun / shade shade

height:2-3 feet

zone: 4 5 6

Showy Stonecrop

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7 8

Snowdrop

type:bulb / corm / tuber

category:container gardening

light: full sun part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 3 4 5 6 7

Snowdrop Anemone

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7 8

Soft Shield Fern

type:fern

category:container gardening

light: part sun / shade shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 5 6 7

Spurge

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: full sun

height:4-5 feet

zone: 4 5 6 7 8 9

Sweet Woodruff

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7 8 9

Tassel Fern

type:fern

category:container gardening

light: part sun / shade shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 6 7 8

Two Row Stonecrop

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:6 inches or less

zone: 3 4 5 6 7

Western Sword Fern

type:fern

category:container gardening

light: part sun / shade shade

height:4-5 feet

zone: 3 4 5 6 7 8

Whorled Stonecrop

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:6 inches or less

zone: 4 5 6 7 8

Wild Ginger

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7 8

Wood Fern

type:fern

category:container gardening

light: shade

height:2-3 feet

zone: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Wood Spurge

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: part sun / shade shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 5 6 7

Woolly Yarrow

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: full sun

height:6-12 inches

zone: 3 4 5 6

Wormwood

type:perennial

category:container gardening

light: full sun

height:2-3 feet

zone: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9