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Annual Plants

Annual plants, often referred to as "annual bedding plants," "annual flowers," or "seasonal color plants," are flowering or foliage plants which complete their life cycle within one year, or one season. Annual plants are bright and cheery additions to any garden and the multidude of types and varieties can be used for various purposes in landscapes and gardens. In Gardenality Annual Plants, anyone from the novice to the expert can find and share information and answers to learn more about annual plants.


Aquatic Plants

Aquatic Plants are those such as water lily, lotus, and water hyacinth, which grow partially or wholly under water or in consistently saturated soil. In general, there are two basic life forms of aquatic plants: Those with roots that grow in mud or muck, and those that float on the surface of the water with no roots that grow in soil. There are thousands of species of aquatic plants. Among these, some are better suited for leaving in the wild, while others are useful in home or commercial aquatic gardens. In Gardenality Aquatic Plants, anyone from the novice to the expert can find and share information and answers to learn more about aquatic plants.


Aroid Plants

Aroid is the common name for members of the Araceae family of plants, sometimes known as the Philodendron or Arum family. The occasionally beautiful and often bizarre combination of spathe and spadix called the inflorescence, sometimes referred to as a "flower", is a distinguishing feature of all aroids. In Gardenality Aroid Plants, anyone from the novice to the expert can find and share information and answers to learn more about aroid plants.


Bamboo Plants

Bamboo is a group of perennial evergreens in the true grass family Poaceae. Giant bamboos are in fact the largest members of the grass family. Fast-growing, tall Bamboos are of notable economic and cultural significance in East Asia and South East Asia where the stems are used extensively in everyday life as building materials and as a highly versatile raw product, and the shoots as a food source. Other slower growing and less invasive bamboo have found their place in home gardens. In Gardenality Bamboo Plants, anyone from the novice to the expert can find and share information and answers about bamboo plants.


Biennial Plants

A biennial plant is a flowering plant that takes two years to complete its biological lifecycle. In the first year the plant grows leaves, stems, and roots, then it enters a period of dormancy over the colder months. During the next spring or summer, the the biennial plant emerges. The plant then flowers, producing fruits and seeds before it finally dies. There are far fewer biennials than either perennial plants or annual plants. Many biennial plants are popular because they reseed themselves. Once a gardener manages to establish a bed of plants, they will continually renew. In Gardenality Biennal Plants, anyone from the novice to the expert can find and share information and answers to learn more about biennial plants.


Cactus and Succulents

Cactus and succulent plants are plants that live in dry areas (xeric environments). They can survive long periods of drought (a lack of water), having many adaptations that allow them to live in dry areas; these adaptations let the plant collect water efficiently, store it for long periods of time, and conserve it. In Gardenality Cactus & Succulent Plants, anyone from the novice to the expert can find and share information and answers to learn more about cactus and succulents.


Carnivorous Plants

Carnivorous plants are predatory green plants that capture and kill prey, have a mechanism to facilitate digestion of the prey, and derive a significant benefit from nutrients assimilated from the prey. For the most part, carnivorous plants eat things like insects, spiders, crustaceans and other small soil and water-living invertebrates and protozoans, lizards, mice, rats, and other small vertebrates. In Gardenality Carnivorous Plants, anyone from the novice to the expert can find and share information and answers to learn more about carnivorous plants.


Fruit Bushes

While most fruit is grown on trees, there are a variety of bushes that produce fruit suitable for human consumption. Unlike fruit trees, which tend to take up much more space in the garden and require more care, fruit bushes are easy to grow. They don’t require near the attention to insect and disease control, and they don't need perfect weather when in flower. In Gardenality Fruit Bushes, anyone from the novice to the expert can find or share information and answers to learn more about fruit bushes.


Fruit Plants

There are a variety of fruit bearing "plants", such as strawberries, that are not considered to be a fruit "tree", fruit "bush" or "fruit vine." In Gardenality Fruit Plants, anyone from the novice to the expert can find or share information and answers to learn more about fruit plants.


Fruit Trees

Fruit trees may offer a better return on effort than anything in the garden. A single semi-dwarf apple tree, for example, can produce up to 500 apples in a season, with a productive life of 15 to 20 years. Several trees, with different harvest times, can bring fruit to your table 8 months out of the year. In Gardenality Fruit Trees, anyone from the novice to the expert can find and share information and answers to learn more about fruit trees.


Fruit Vines

Several fruits grow on vines, and most can be cultivated in the average garden. Although most crops that grow on vines need a lot of space to spread out, new varieties of bush or miniature fruits allow even patio gardeners to cultivate fruits that grow on vines. In Gardenality Fruit Vines, anyone from the novice to the expert can find or share information and answers to learn more about fruit vines.


Groundcover Plants

Ranging in height from an inch to four feet, groundcover plants serve several purposes in the landscape. They not only provide soil cover, but they can prevent weed growth and soil erosion. For many gardeners, ground cover plants are the best answer to problem areas where too much sun or barely a ray falls, or where too dry or too moist conditions are a turnoff for other greenery. Talk to any seasoned professional landscape designer and he or she will tell you that groundcover plants, in tying all other elements of the landscape together, are what really make a landscape look great. In Gardenality Groundcover Plants, anyone from the novice to the expert can find and share information or answers to learn more about groundcover plants.


Herb Plants

By definition, an herb is a plant whose stem does not produce woody, persistent tissue and generally dies back at the end of each growing season or any of various often aromatic plants used especially in medicine or as seasoning. Though the word "herb' is most often thought of as a "culinary' plant useful in cooking, herbs can also be useful for ornamental purposes in landscape design, medicinally, for fragrance, for their flowers, or as companion plants to attract beneficial insects that will ward off damaging insects from the garden. In Gardenality Herb Plants, anyone from the novice to the expert can find and share information and answers to learn more about herb plants.


Houseplants

A houseplant is a plant that is grown indoors in places such as homes and offices. Houseplants are commonly grown for decorative purposes and for their positive psychological effect and health reasons, such as indoor air purification. Plants used in this fashion are most commonly, though not always, tropical or semi-tropical. In Gardenality Houseplants, anyone from the novice to the expert can find or share information and answers to learn more about houseplants.


Lawn Grasses

Don't buy lawn grass seed or sod on impulse! Take time to choose the type of grass that will be best for your lawn. Choosing the right grass for your lawn can make the difference between having a low-maintenance, environmentally-friendly lawn, and one that is susceptible to disease, pests, weed invasion, decline, and/or requires a lot of upkeep. The type of grass you choose for your lawn should depend on several factors. In Gardenality Lawn Grasses, anyone from the novice to the expert can find and share information and answers to learn more about the various types of lawn grasses.


Mushrooms

Mushrooms are the spore-producing reproductive structures of certain kinds of fungi. They come in an amazing variety of forms, sizes, and colors. Some are wonderful to eat; but some will kill you if you eat them. Make sure to do plenty of research and get plenty of advice from a professional before consuming certain types of mushrooms. In Gardenality Mushrooms, anyone from the novice to the professional expert can find and share information and answers to learn more about various types of mushrooms.


Orchids

Orchids live in all kinds of environments - mountains, bogs, grasslands and rainforests. At least 35,000 orchid species populate the planet and there is always the possibility that unknown species still await discovery. Great thing is, you can grow orchids anywhere, though some locations may require an indoor environment. In Gardenality Orchids, anyone from the novice to the expert can find and share information and answers to learn more about orchid plants.


Ornamental Grasses

The term ornamental grass is used to include not only true grasses (Gramineae) but close relatives such as sedges (Cyperaceae), rushes (Juncaceae), hardy bamboos, and others, everything but turf grasses or lawn grasses. Ornamental grasses are a great way to add visual interest and fill space in the garden without a lot of fuss. Every garden needs the essentials, plants that are a great investment because they survive and thrive in thier environment. Ornamental grasses certainly fill the bill. In Gardenality Ornamental Grasses, anyone from the novice to the expert can find and share information to learn more about ornamental grasses.


Palms and Cycads

Palms are among the best known and extensively cultivated plant families. Many common products and foods are derived from palms, and palms are also widely used in landscaping for their exotic appearance, making them one of the most economically important plants. Cycads are group of shrubs and trees from the order Cycadales. These are tropical trees and shrubs with thick stems, crowns of fernlike leaves, and fleshy seeds enclosed in large cones. Cycads are frequently confused with and mistaken for palms or ferns, but are only distantly related to both. In Gardenality Palms and Cycads, anyone from the novice to the expert can find and share information and answers to learn more about palm and cycad plants and trees.


Perennial Plants

A perennial plant is a plant that lives for more than two years. The term is often used to differentiate a plant from shorter lived 'annual' and 'biennial' plants. When used by gardeners or horticulturalists, "perennial" applies specifically to winter hardy herbaceous plants. Scientifically, woody plants like shrubs and trees are also perennial in their habit. There are perennial plants of different types and varieties that can be grown almost anywhere in the landscape or garden In Gardenality Perennial Plants, anyone from the novice to the professional expert can find and share information and answers to learn more about perennial plants.


Rhododendrons

Rhododendron is a genus of flowering plants in the family Ericaceae. It is a large genus with over 1000 species and most have showy flower displays. It includes the plants known to gardeners as azaleas, though some purist Azalea experts say an azalea is an azalea, period. In Gardenality Rhododendrons, anyone from the novice to the expert can find and share information and answers to learn more about rhododendron plants.


Roses

Roses are perhaps the most popular flowering garden shrubs in the world, as well as the most popular and commonly sold florists' flowers. Many thousands of rose hybrids and cultivars have been bred and selected for garden use, for their growth habit, flowers and fragrance. Rose plants range in size from compact, miniature roses, to climbers that can reach 30 feet (7 meters) in height. Species from different parts of the world easily hybridize, which has given rise to the many types of garden roses available in the market today. In Gardenality Roses, anyone from the novice to the expert can find and share information and answers to learn more about roses.


Shrubs

Is it a shrub or a bush? Some people think there is a distinct difference between the two. Whether you call them shrubs or bushes, these plants are important to any landscape. Perennials and annuals provide color and variety. Trees add shade and perspective, and usually frame our homes and yards. Shrubs are the plants we relate to - they help us feel a part of the landscape because they bring it down to our level. A shrub, or bush, is a woody plant with a mature height of between one and a half and ten feet. Anything smaller we consider to be a groundcover. Anything larger is a tree. In Gardenality Shrubs, anyone from the novice to the expert can find and share information and answers to learn more about shrubs.


Trees

Whether aware of it or not, all of us like to be around trees because they make life more pleasant. We respond to the presence of trees beyond simply observing their beauty. We feel serene, peaceful, restful, and tranquil when around trees...we are "at home" there. Trees can serve many purposes in the landscape. In addition to aesthetic and ecomomic value derived from trees, they can provide shade, climate control, color, and height in the landscape and garden. In Gardenality Trees, anyone from the novice to the expert can find and share information and answers to learn more about trees.


Tropical Plants

The term “tropical plant” refers to a plant that is native to the tropics. Gardeners who grow tropical plants indoors or outdoors in regions outside of the tropics often call these plants “exotics.” Though most tropical plants are not winter hardy above zones where the temperature falls below 40 degrees F (4.4.degrees C), they can still be useful to bring seasonal tropical appeal outdoors during the warm season in regions with colder climates. Many plants from the tropics are grown indoors, as houseplants, in colder climates. In Gardenality Tropical Plants, anyone from novices to experts can find and share information and answers to learn more about tropical plants.


Vegetables

Based on gardening, the word "vegetable" usually means an edible plant or part of a plant other than a sweet fruit or seed. This typically means the leaf, stem, or root of a plant. It's hard to argue with the health benefits of a diet rich in vegetables, and you can grow healthy vegetables on a plot of land or in containers on your patio. Many vegetable plants lend themselves well to container gardening. In Gardenality Vegetables, anyone from the novice to the expert can find and share information and answers about vegetables and vegetable plants


Vine Plants

A vine in the broad sense refers to any climbing or trailing plant. Climbing vines can be ornamentally useful for their foliage or flowers or, in the case of muscadines, grapes and others, they can be grown for the fruit they produce. Climbing vines can be trained over walls, pergolas, fences etc., and can be grown over other plants to provide additional attraction. In Gardenality Vines, anyone from the novice to the expert can find or share information and answers to learn more about vine plants.


Weeds

The concept of a weed has been around for a long time, but it is poorly defined. There are three dominant perspectives on weeds: agricultural-ranching, suburban, and ecological. Suburbia considers any plant a weed if it is well-adapted to its environment, prone to reproduce itself and spread, requires little or no effort to maintain, has no obvious aesthetic or culinary properties, and doesn't require money to acquire. In Gardenality Weeds, anyone from the novice to the expert can find or share information and answers to learn more about weed plants and weed control.


Wildflowers

The term “wildflower” implies that a plant probably is neither a hybrid nor a selected cultivar that is in any way different from the way it appears in the wild as a native plant, even if it is growing where it would not naturally grow. Wildflower (or wild flower) can also be thought of as a flower that grows wild, meaning it was not intentionally seeded or planted, though gardeners and seed companies collect these seeds from these flowers for use in the garden and even along roadsides. In Gardenality Wildflowers, anyone from the novice to the expert can find and share information and answers to learn more about wildflowers.


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