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Hardy edible perennials that are easy to propagate?

I'm looking for hardy (USDA Z4/Z5; -15F winter lows) perennials (or low maintenance reseeding annuals) that are easy/reliable to propagate either via cuttings, division, or seed. The growing season is ...
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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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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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Could I grow a Sochi tea plant (Camellia sinensis) in zone 6b?

I saw a Sochi tea plant in a catalog that was hardy in zones 7-10. Since I am in zone 6b, I was wondering if I could successfully grow these without wrapping in tar paper or anything like that. I am ...
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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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What vine would be best for my arbor under a tree in dry soil?

I have an arbor over a walkway, under a large tree. I want to find a vine that will grow on this under these conditions: dry clay based topsoil medium shade all day USDA hardiness zone 6b lots of ...
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What are good plants for sandy soil?

My landlord asked us to take care of the overgrown yard in exchange for reduced rent. I cleared a lot of the dead weeds and piles of leaves out and it looks like the soil is mostly sand (we live near ...
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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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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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Does an Eastern Redbud tolerate partial shade?

I'm thinking of replacing an ugly evergreen shrub in my front yard with a flowering tree of some kind. The location on which I'll be placing the tree is overshaded by some very large old oaks, so I'm ...
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Is there a plant which can withstand heat up to 40 degree Celsius?

There are many plant recommended over the internet as heat tolerant plant. Well, I am not sure how much heat they are talking about. My Habonaro Chili pepper are in bad shape due to heat wave coming ...
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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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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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Is there any replacement for the privacy that the thick undergrowth in woods provide?

In the back of my lot I have about 20 feet thick of woods/brush. This provides some very nice privacy from the house that is on the other side of that brush. However, I have had problems with poison ...
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Low maintenance plant choices for apartment (indoor) living?

I'm not an expert on plants, but would like to add some plantlife to my apartment. I'm looking for good choices that: don't require direct sunlight, require minimal watering, survive for at least a ...
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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 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 is a good ground cover for street frontage instead of lawn?

Where I live (Adelaide plains, South Australia) it's very hot and dry in summertime and so I think a lawn is a waste of water if you don't get to enjoy it, such as where the yard is exposed to the ...
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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 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 glow in the dark?

Are there any plants, grass etc. that glow in the dark?
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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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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? [on hold]

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 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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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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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 is an easy vegetable to grow in a hot, dry summer / cool, wet winter climate?

I want to try growing vegetables. What is an easy veggie to start with? I live in a climate with hot, dry summers and cool rainy winters.
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Uncommon Plants in Northern Argentina (Misiones) [on hold]

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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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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What kind of plants will survive the heat from an air conditioner?

I live on the 18th floor of a building in Hong Kong. In summer, all of my neighbors turn on their air conditioners, which generate a huge amount of heat. I have a little balcony like gardening area ...
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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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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 ...