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What are some recommended perennials to grow under large spruce trees in an area of about 350 sq. feet?

I have a small area which I would like to fill with (hopefully perennial) foliage plants, to green it up. I was thinking a variety of different hostas would fit the bill. If this was your bed, what ...
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What zone 5 trees and shrubs produce the most pollen?

Is some pollen more likely to provoke an allergic reaction than others? We are thinking of planting a tree or shrub like a smoke bush (Cotinus) and would like to know if this means more sniffing in ...
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How large can potted patio trees grow in the US northeast?

I have a large sunny patio that I would like to shade with the largest potted trees that I can grow practically in the northeast of the U.S. (New England, 6a). What trees are suitable and how large ...
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Red, white and blue varieties for a medium pot in full sun

Well, it's just past Memorial Day and we're working up to the 4th of July (in the USA, at least) ... I am looking for recommendations on a set of three complementary varieties in Red, White and Blue ...
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What landscaping and erosion control ideas can I use on a hillside with sandy soil?

I am having problems with erosion and can not keep anything on it. I am looking for any ideas to help control this problem. I had a Landscaper come out to look at it and it will cost me up to ...
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Shrub and Flower recommendations for creek bank prone to flooding

I have a small creek that runs through my yard. The creek is more or less storm water control and run-off water from the area, so the water level varies greatly, going from completely dry to fast ...
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What grass types will survive in areas of standing water that last for up to a week?

I own a mobile home in a very nice development. My yard is sinking and over the past 3 years the grass has died in that area. The development owners say it's my responsibility to add topsoil to the ...
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What plant will grow to about 3' in the shade from a pepper tree and oleanders?

Is there a low light plant, that will grow under a pepper tree, and between two oleanders, that grows about 3-5 feet tall, in southern California?
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What would be a low- or no-irrigation lawn replacement for USDA zone 8B?

I have some lawn in my backyard that I want to replace with something that consumes much less water. I have no problem with mowing or other maintenance but the replacement does have to handle ...
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Are there any plants that give aroma day and night?

There is a plant which gives aroma in the night; I do not know its name but I have seen it somewhere. Are there any plants that give aroma day and night?
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Are there any plants that glow in the dark?

Are there any plants, grass etc. that glow in the dark?
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How do I determine what vegetables I can grow on a hot arid island in June?

I will be spending four months on Lanzarote this year, an arid island off the African coast, and want to grow vegetables for home consumption there. The summer is sunny, hot, and dry; local ...
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Planting to deter cats

I am doing a bit of work around our garden, part of which will involve surfacing a largeish area with bark mulch. There are a lot of cats around our area, and they are already frequently in our ...
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What kind of plants are suitable to grow in Sydney's North Shore?

I would like to grow some vegetation and flowers in my apartment's small courtyard which is located in the north of Sydney. What kind of common plants could be easily grown for a family and don't have ...
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Does anyone know what types of fruit trees grow well in southern Missouri?

We are looking to plant some fruit trees in an open space with rocky soil which gets direct, and sometimes harsh sunlight. We hope that getting some trees in this area to provide shade will help to ...
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What are good plants for salty, sandy roadside conditions in Maine?

I live in Maine (USDA hardiness zone 5). My lawn has a 5-10' deep mostly-dead area along most of the curb. It stretches maybe 50 or 60 feet. Last year I attempted to get grass to grow there without ...
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How do I predict a plant species' water intake?

I'm an amateur gardener planning a future garden in an extremely dry area. The soil is fertile, but I understand you need to water artificially in order to grow anything significant. I want to ...
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What is a good shrub for privacy for the Pacific Northwest USA?

I live in Seattle WA and am looking for some ideas on what type of hedge/shrub to grow near my fence to increase privacy. Some requirements: Grow fast Stay pretty even in winter (evergreenish) ...
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What edible plants grow well in alkaline clay soils?

I live in the middle of the chihuahuan desert, where we have clay soils in the Ph range of 8.5. I don't mind fertilizing and turning the soil, but I want to take advantage of the natural soils around ...
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Office Gardening

I am basically setting up a new office and i trust placing some plants will smoothen the Work there and helps to get rid off Boredom.So Can you guys suggest some plants or setups that could make the ...
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What kind of a plant is this (with large, glossy “finger-like” leaves)?

This is the best picture I can find. I had one of these at my old apartment and want to get another. It grew pretty large - from maybe one foot in diameter to a few feet high and 4 feet in diameter ...
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What would be a beautiful house plant suited to the Atlantic winter? [closed]

I'm looking for a Christmas gift for my girlfriend, and I thought of a nice plant she could keep in her room. We live in Baltimore. I'm looking for something that would be beautiful, but not take a ...
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What fruit trees are suitable for growing in containers in a subtropical zone?

I live in Northern Australia, which is a subtropical zone. We always have temperatures above 20°C. We have two seasons: a dry season with no rain and temperatures ranging between 21°C and ...
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Hard potatoes harvested

First time grower in Michigan, partial shade and probably not the best soil. The red potatoes I got out first were very hard. Why? What can I do to prevent this with the rest of them before they ...
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Is there a creeping plant that will absorb pollen, dust and pollutants?

I live in an apartment on the 10th floor & facing a major road. As a result fine dust and pollen make their way into my bedroom easily at night when I keep the window open. I have allergic ...
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What can I plant in dry shade at the base of a deciduous hedge?

I have planted a deciduous native hedge (Euonymus Europaeus, Viburnum lantana, Acer campestre and Viburnum opulus, plus an existing full-size sycamore) along the south-eastern boundary of my back ...
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Drought-tolerant grass for sunny, wet Texas clay

I live in Texas, and my back yard is on the bottom of a hill; thus it gets lots of run-off from other houses in the subdivision. The run-off causes problems you'd normally expect: Soft, boggy lawn ...
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Desalinating plants (the botanical kind) which create fresh water

Are there any plant architectures or permaculture schemes which can filter seawater and create fresh water? I imagine a saline pond or bore, flowing down through a series of ponds to a lower ...
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Vine-like plant that eventually melds with others of its kind?

Is there any crawling plant that, when it's crawling among others of its species, will actually grow into one another and eventually share veins? Unrelated: this is for a project to provide a living ...
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What's the most hardy red fleshed apple for the Pacific Northwest?

I had two wonderful red fleshed apples in Birch Bay, Washington. We've moved to St. Helens, Oregon and I can't find any here. I'd love to replace them. Does anyone know where I might find these and ...
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Uncommon Plants in Northern Argentina (Misiones)

A friend of mine has a little plantation in Argentina, Misiones. It's kind of a small rain forrest. I would like to bring him some seed that would grow there and that he can't get there from every ...
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Looking for an small indoor desk plant

I am looking for a plant which : Is small, growing to atmost 1.5 feet (the smaller, the better) Requires minimal sunlight (at most, 1-2 hours of direct sunlight per day) Low risk of attracting pests ...
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What bamboo species for a container-bound green wall?

I have a boring grey northwest-facing-with-southwest-exposure concrete wall on my balcony, outdoors, in Vancouver BC, that I would like to turn into a lush wall of bamboo. I have one container whose ...
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Is there a grassy plant that's unattractive to livestock without being poisonous?

We'd like to grow a plant (hopefully not obscure, and not hard to cultivate) which livestock (horses in our case) will leave alone. From observing horses the three main plants which they are ...
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How can I grow ivy (or a bush or other plant) in my fireplace that is low-maintenance and bug-repellant?

I've never gardened, but I do love design. I'm moving into a new place that has an unusable fireplace, and I think it'd look amazing if it had a green, leafy plant filling the interior of it. Since ...
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Hardy plants for wind break in the Rocky Mountain West?

Here in Montana, high winds are a common cause for both gardening problems and poor energy efficiency in homes (as well as maintenance issues). Can anyone recommend some low-maintenance plants that ...
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How can I rejuvenate a privet and hawthorn hedge?

I have a mixed hedge which is about 6 feet high. I think it is privet and hawthorn. Currently, it is very top heavy in terms of the growth, and it has a lot of bare stems lower down. Please see the ...
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Plants for a duck enclosure - Sydney, Australia

I'm looking for suggestions for plants to put in a duck enclosure that are not going to be eaten or trampled by my ducks. I will have some small raised hills running down two sides of the enclosure ...
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Tall Living Fence

I live in NJ and my house next to a daycare facility playground. Not only is there zero privacy, it also gets really noisy with the kids screaming all day. I am looking into the possibility of a ...
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Growing in the Tropics

Can I grow peonies, camellias or magnolias in the tropics/Philippines? or at least a good substitute for those I have mentioned.
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What are some hardy trees with medicinal properties?

I am looking to plant a few trees this year, they are not in a high priority location. I am mostly just doing it to keep my hill from eroding. I have heard ( i dont know how well documented this is) ...
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What are the uses of rice hulls?

I see a lot of rice hulls that are burned after harvest seasons. Is there a good use for it in my garden or it is best suited for large scale farming like rice and corn? Is there a good use for its ...
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What climbing vines will cover a 40' high cliff in southern Spain?

We live in southern Spain, and have the problem of trying to disguise a massive cliff wall behind the house. We intend to erect large metal fencing to the cliff, which is 100 feet long by 40 feet ...
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Can I plant a tree into a concrete foundation to break it?

Apparently, what used to be a foundation for a small house is now part of our backyard. The house is long gone, but the concrete foundation has been there for as long as anyone can remember. Is there ...
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Leafiest Tropical Tree

I currently live in tropical country Philippines and I would like to plant or graft the most leafiest tree serving 2 purpose; first to have a better shade, like I said we live in a tropical climate ...
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cultivating a cactus from cutting

I've recently gotten a san pedro (Echinopsis pachanoi) cutting as a gift. I'm trying to take care of it as good as possible, but I'm not sure if I'm doing it the right way. The situation is: the ...
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Plants to grow over and cover up an ugly wall?

On my property there is an ugly wall/fence, made of concrete, with vertical pieces of concrete and gaps between, like a picket fence. but far, far less attractive. I want to plant some plants at the ...
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Pruning a mimosa

I have a mimosa and I have to prune it. I'd like to be less invasive and do this "operation" in the best way. Which is the best weather to prune mimosa? Which is the best time to do it?
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What bulbs will do well planted in containers in the fall in Dallas, and how should I take care of them?

I'm a total and complete novice when it comes to gardening... I'd like to plant some bulbs this fall in large containers on my back patio. I live near Dallas, Texas. What bulbs would you recommend? ...
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Which are some good indoor plants for upside down planting?

Would like to grow indoor plans upside down, to save space... Which are some good choice? Would like those promoting more leaf growth? Will the stem continues to grow at the same rate, as if it's ...