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What can I grow in a very damp, shaded part of the garden?

I have a small flower bed which is in a very shaded corner. It never gets any direct sunlight, and tends to be very damp (although it's well-drained - but the water never evaporates). I'd like to be ...
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What ground cover would be best for my old stone driveway?

I have a steep driveway that isn't very practical for parking in, but looks pretty nice. It is "paved" with bricks and large marble slabs, with dirt in between the stones. Although this looks pretty ...
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What plants are complementary to these plants in a crop rotation?

I would like to know what vegetables would work well in a garden with the following history: Season 1: Tomatoes (various varieties, (vv)), eggplants, peppers (vv), basil, marigold, asparagus (did ...
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What heirloom varieties are easiest to work with for a 'heirloom beginier'?

I would like to grow heirloom varieties of the vegetables listed below. However, I have never worked with heirloom seeds before and I have heard they are difficult to grow. So, I would like ...
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What flowers and shrubs will grow without outside help?

I would like to plant some shrubs and/or flowers in a mostly wooded area behind my house (in NE Oklahoma). What are some good candidates that are (1) cheap, (2) perennial, and (3) hardy enough to ...
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Options for an edible privacy “fence”?

I live on a corner lot, with neighbors' fencing on two sides of my back yard, the house on a third, and an open street on the fourth. Rather than installing a fence myself, to provide privacy in the ...
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What creepers can be grown to cover an entire wall in a southern Californian climate?

I'm planning on covering the stucco (which has a texture like this) on the back facing walls (faces west) of my house with a creeper. I'd rather the plant not grow any roots on the walls and adhere to ...
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What's a good successor crop to snow peas in a narrow bed against a West-facing wall?

For the past couple of years, one of my neighbors has allowed me to use a 20' by 15" / 6m x 35cm strip of land against his garage wall. He had installed hooks on the wall so I've tied string around ...
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What can I plant to attract butterflies and other pollinators in Minnesota?

A lot of plants can pollinate themselves. Fruits: Tomatoes, Strawberries Vegetables: Peppers, Eggplant, Snap Beans, Lima Beans, Lettuce, Endive, Peas, Cabbage, Broccoli, Beets, Kohlrabi ...
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Is Cotoneaster an appropriate plant to fill an empty space along my fence?

I have 8ft Leylandii along the outside of most of my west and north facing fences, but there are some gaps on the north side, so I have been using a range of climbing plants inside the fence to ...
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What rose would be best for hip production?

I am looking for a rose that produces a good crop of large hips. It has to be winter hardy and relatively carefree , but I will be able to prune, mulch, and, water it. It also will have to be disease ...
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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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How can I get the most produce out of my allotment with limited time each week?

I have recently acquired a new 33 x 33 ft plot in the West Country (south west England). I was just wondering with a new baby and limited time, what would be the best vegetables to grow, to maximize ...
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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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How to create a living driveway resistant to heavy Canadian winters?

I want to create a living driveway. I saw a clip on TV the other night about 'rain gardens' that absorb run-off and help filter water into the aquifer as opposed to dumping it into storm drains. ...
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Is there a fruiting plant that can grow in an office environment?

In the office there is an abundance of fluorescent light and that's about it. The temperature stays around 70 ºF (21 ºC) I think. Could I grow a fruiting plant in these conditions? I may be able to ...
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What kind of landscaping plants do livestock avoid eating and need minimal attention?

I'd like to plant plants/trees/shrubs along the sidewalk on the roads to improve the landscaping and general appearance. However, I live in Gurgaon, India and it is common to see livestock (cows, ...
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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 fruit tree grows well in an area with variable sunlight in San Jose, CA?

I live in San Jose, CA and have a 6 feet wide by 40 feet long strip of land running from SE to NW. At the SE end it is flanked by an established oak tree which would delay the morning sun to the first ...
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Looking for plant recommendations for newly landscaped front yard

I am trying to find the right type of plants to put along the edge of my front yard on a terraced level. It has no shade and the plants will be next to a brick wall that separates this level from the ...
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What is a good choice for an edible fruit producing plant given a space of 20 ft x 3 ft?

There is a patch of lawn between the driveways of my neighbour and I of dimension ~5 ft x 20 ft. I would like to plant edible fruit producing plants in my half of this strip of dirt and not have it ...
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What are some edible plants (vegetable or fruit) that can produce roots in water?

I would like to know which edible plants can actually root from twigs and/or leaves put in water or a similar setup? Is it as simple as leaving them in water or do you need chemicals to induce ...
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What are some succulent plants that are suitable to be planted indoors?

Many gardening websites recommend succulent plants as the best plants for indoors such as an office. It's true that they require minimal care with respect to water, but the websites usually don't tell ...
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Is there an edible plant that is hardy and can be mowed?

Is there a plant that fits these characteristics? Is edible Is hardy (grows with little maintenance) Can be mowed to 6 inches (like grass) . Makes an attractive ground cover. The reason I ask is ...
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What are the most fragrant non-double peonies?

Old-fashioned peonies are among my favorite perennials, easy to grow, spectacular in flower and awesomely fragrant. The old fully double varieties, however, have a serious weakness: a single rain ...
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What flowering bulbs grow well in an air conditioned office environment?

I want to grow some bulbs in my office. I have windows facing east, west, and north-east. The office is air conditioned, but not humid. What flowering bulbs can I plant, that will grow well under ...
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Slim 6ft high evergreen hedge for a UK garden?

I'm interested in surrounding my UK front garden with a evergreen hedge border. The garden is small, enough for 2 small family cars. So is it possible to grow a "slim" evergreen hedge which is at ...
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What herbs/vegetables/greens can be grown in a balcony garden with limited sunlight?

Growing up in a house with a yard, we had a pretty decent sized garden with fruits, vegetables, and herbs galore. Since moving to "the city", I haven't had a yard, and I miss being able to grow things ...
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What are some tall, narrow perennials suited for dry soils, sun & shade?

I have an herb garden that stays quite dry. Although this garden is in the notoriously wet Pacific Northwest (USDA zone 8a), it is against a two story south-facing brick wall, under a large overhang, ...
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Fast-propagating, inexpensive ground cover / border

I'm looking for a ground cover / border for my flower beds that's: Fast-propagating Will tolerate zone 6 (although zone 5 might be more appropriate given the way the past few winters have been). ...
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What are some good plants to put in a guild built around plums/stone fruit?

I'm starting a small orchard of stone fruit trees -- just a few hundred square feet. I will be putting in plums next spring, and I'm thinking about what to plant between/around them. In the lingo of ...
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What are some small deciduous shrubs that can grow in USDA zone 4?

A particular site in our garden (USDA zone 4) has dry, sandy soil over heavy clay and gets full sun. There is excellent drainage due to the retaining wall on one side that has a drainage pipe situated ...
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What are good plants to use in a container-based winter garden?

I live in an apartment that has a small outdoor patio and I'm looking to create a little container garden this autumn/winter. I'm located in the US (hardiness zone is 7) and I'm looking for ideas ...
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What's a fast growing hedge suitable for Western Australia?

So I've got a large front yard and I want to use a hedge to divide it and provide some privacy. I live in Western Australia so the soil is very sandy and the area receives full sun, sometimes getting ...
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How can I naturally encourage birds into my garden?

We love having our garden filled with birds, thus we have put up a variety of bird feeders. We also make lots of water available for the birds. The result is a 2½ year old that can identify about ...
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Are there any drought tolerant plants that will force out weeds in pavement and sidewalk cracks?

In front of my house there is a sidewalk and about 2-3 feet of pavement behind a fence which I'm assuming was formerly dirt that was paved over. I've done my best to work with what I've got and make ...
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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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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 plants take easily to clay soils?

I live in central Scotland, which is a bit damp, and the soil in my garden, despite years of aerating, adding sand etc is still quite a thick clay soil. When it is sunny I get sun all day long, so ...
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Which herbs can be grown as perennials?

What are some herbs that are perennials, i.e. they return and grow the next season? I'd like to keep a garden of herbs around for cooking.
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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 plants will deter mosquitoes?

Does anyone have any plant recommendations that could deter mosquitoes? The location is North Texas, and I am looking for something that could be used on or around the deck. This might make the deck ...
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What are some fast-growing, voluminous vines that are suitable to be grown in containers?

I have a large terrace in New York City, and am looking to fill it with some greenery without spending a fortune. In the past I have had good luck with morning glories in containers - they grow ...
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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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What is a good grass replacement plant?

I don't like mowing my lawn. Is there a grass replacement plant which: looks like grass, one can step on it, does not need mowing?