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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.

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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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Urban Landscaping, How To:

The urban setting can be a harsh and unfriendly place, but, with careful planning and some plants, can become a beautiful and inviting space.  Create an attractive and functional urban landscape using the information below. 

First Things First – Urban Landscape Restrictions:

Before starting an urban landscape project determine if there are any state and local restrictions that must be followed.  Some of these restrictions may include: 

Define your space.  A properly designed urban landscape will be attractive and functional.  What activities do you anticipate doing in this area?  Consider the following:

Analyze your space.  What conditions may influence the overall design of the space?  Take note of the following:

After you have completed the above steps, start envisioning what type of garden style you prefer.  Have you always dreamed of a tropical setting, or do you fancy the woodland garden?  Use the links below for “How To” instructions on these gardens styles and more:

Other things to consider:

                                          Happy Planting!     

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Barrenwort

type:

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 5 6 7 8

Bearberry

type:shrub

category:urban landscape

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 2 3 4 5 6

Christmas Fern

type:fern

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7 8

Creeping Wintergreen

type:

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6 inches or less

zone: 3 4 5 6

Daffodil

type:bulb / corm / tuber

category:urban landscape

light: full sun part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7

Dead Nettle

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7 8

Gland Bellflower/Ladybells

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

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:urban landscape

light: full sun part sun / shade shade

height:6 inches or less

zone: 4 5 6 7 8

Goldmoss Stonecrop

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

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:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6 inches or less

zone: 5 6 7

Hardy Geranium/Cransbill

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:variable

zone: 3 4 5 6 7 8

Honesty/Money Plant

type:biennial

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:2-3 feet

zone: 4 5 6 7 8

Ivy

type:vine

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7 8 9

Japanese Anemone

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:2-3 feet

zone: 4 5 6 7

Korean Rock Fern

type:fern

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 6 7 8

Lady's Mantle

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7

Lily Turf

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 6 7 8 9

Lungwort

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Mondo Grass

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 6 7 8 9

Oriental Arborvitae

type:tree

category:urban landscape

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:20-30 feet

zone: 6 7 8 9 10 11

Painted Arum

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 5 6 7 8 9

Painted Arum

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 5 6 7 8 9

Pearly Everlasting

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 3 4 5 6 7 8

Poppy Anemone

type:bulb / corm / tuber

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 6 7 8 9

Rockcress

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: full sun

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7

Rockcress

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: full sun

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7

Rockcress

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: full sun

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7

Rusty Foxglove

type:biennial

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:4-5 feet

zone: 4 5 6 7

Rutgers Dogwood

type:tree

category:urban landscape

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:20-30 feet

zone: 5 6 7 8

Sedge Grass

type:ornamental grass

category:urban landscape

light: full sun part sun / shade shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 5 6 7 8

Serviceberry

type:tree

category:urban landscape

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:20-30 feet

zone: 4 5 6 7 8 9

Shield Fern

type:fern

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:2-3 feet

zone: 4 5 6

Showy Stonecrop

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7 8

Snowdrop

type:bulb / corm / tuber

category:urban landscape

light: full sun part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 3 4 5 6 7

Soft Shield Fern

type:fern

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 5 6 7

Spurge

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: full sun

height:4-5 feet

zone: 4 5 6 7 8 9

Spurge

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7 8 9

Straw Foxglove

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:2-3 feet

zone: 3 4 5 6 7

Strawberry Foxglove

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:3-4 feet

zone: 3 4 5 6 7 8

Summersweet

type:shrub

category:urban landscape

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:6-8 feet

zone: 4 5 6 7 8 9

Sweet Woodruff

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7 8 9

Tassel Fern

type:fern

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 6 7 8

Two Row Stonecrop

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:6 inches or less

zone: 3 4 5 6 7

Western Sword Fern

type:fern

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:4-5 feet

zone: 3 4 5 6 7 8

Whorled Stonecrop

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: full sun part sun / shade

height:6 inches or less

zone: 4 5 6 7 8

Wild Ginger

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 4 5 6 7 8

Wood Fern

type:fern

category:urban landscape

light: shade

height:2-3 feet

zone: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Wood Spurge

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:12-24 inches

zone: 5 6 7

Woodland/Ornamental Strawberry

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: full sun part sun / shade shade

height:6-12 inches

zone: 3 4 5

Wormwood

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: full sun

height:2-3 feet

zone: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Yellow Foxglove

type:perennial

category:urban landscape

light: part sun / shade shade

height:2-3 feet

zone: 3 4 5 6 7 8