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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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Rock Garden, How To:

Rock Gardens feature a landscape dominated by boulders, rocks, and stones, along with plants commonly found in alpine environments. Today though, these gardens can be found in all climates and terrains. If you are lucky, a rocky slope already exists and all that is required is plant placement.  Alternately, with the careful placement of soil, rocks, and plants, you can design a garden that looks as if it has always been there. 

Consider the following when planning your rock garden:

Define your space:

Select your stone:

Plant Selection:

Stone and Plant Placement:

Plant suggestions:

Armeria, Alyssum, Angelina stonecrop, Ajuga, Black-eyed Susan, Blue Fescue, Blue Rug Juniper, Campanula, Candytuft, Cinquefoil, Columbine, Coreopsis, Cotoneaster, Creeping Baby’s Breath, Thyme, Creeping Phlox, Dianthus, Euphorbia, Gazania, Germander, Hardy Geranium, Hens and Chicks, Heuchera, Ice Plant, Iris reticulate, Kinnikinick, Lamb’s Ear, Lavender, Mugo Pine, Nepeta, Oenothera, Pasque Flower, Plumbago, Rockcress, Russian Sage, Salvia, Saponaria, Sea Holly, Shasta Daisy, Snow-in-Summer, Veronica, Yarrow, Yucca

                                          Happy Planting!      

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Bearberry

type:shrub

category:rock garden

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 2 3 4 5 6

Daffodil

type:bulb / corm / tuber

category:rock garden

light: full sun part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7

Glory of the Snow

type:bulb / corm / tuber

category:rock garden

light: full sun part sun / shade shade

height:6 inches or less

zone: 4 5 6 7 8

Goldmoss Stonecrop

type:perennial

category:rock garden

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:rock garden

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6 inches or less

zone: 5 6 7

Hardy Geranium/Cransbill

type:perennial

category:rock garden

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:variable

zone: 3 4 5 6 7 8

Poppy Anemone

type:bulb / corm / tuber

category:rock garden

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 6 7 8 9

Rockcress

type:perennial

category:rock garden

light: full sun

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7

Rockcress

type:perennial

category:rock garden

light: full sun

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7

Rockcress

type:perennial

category:rock garden

light: full sun

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7

Sedge Grass

type:ornamental grass

category:rock garden

light: full sun part sun / shade shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 5 6 7 8

Showy Stonecrop

type:perennial

category:rock garden

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7 8

Snowdrop

type:bulb / corm / tuber

category:rock garden

light: full sun part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 3 4 5 6 7

Spurge

type:perennial

category:rock garden

light: full sun

height:4-5 feet

zone: 4 5 6 7 8 9

Sweet Woodruff

type:perennial

category:rock garden

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7 8 9

Two Row Stonecrop

type:perennial

category:rock garden

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:6 inches or less

zone: 3 4 5 6 7

Whorled Stonecrop

type:perennial

category:rock garden

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:6 inches or less

zone: 4 5 6 7 8

Woolly Yarrow

type:perennial

category:rock garden

light: full sun

height:6-12 inches

zone: 3 4 5 6

Wormwood

type:perennial

category:rock garden

light: full sun

height:2-3 feet

zone: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9