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Pacific N.W. sandy, sloped probably acidic soil. Needs ground cover!

I have a 5 acre parcel of land and just excavated it, leaving just large cedars and firs. I am trying to find a low ground cover that's pretty dense and can cover at least an acre of hillside that ...
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Advice on growing Naranjilla (Solanum quitonense)?

I have been trying to transform a previously ornamental garden into a productive but still attractive one. I've used citrus and guavas for hedging, lemongrass for borders etc. One final niche I'm ...
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What are some low maintenance plants I can use for my front yard?

I've got two sections in my front yard, each with one terrible looking plant. I've removed all other plants(mostly weeds). I want to remove the remaining two plants leaving me with a clean slate. ...
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Plants to dry out a soggy lawn

I live in the north of England (where it's fairly wet) and have a section of lawn near a fence that is quite mossy and boggy. I cannot put any drainage pipe in, because the only place to run the ...
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Plant suggestions for a rockery in a dry, shaded position

I am planning to make a rockery down the end of my garden. The position is directly underneath two tall Leylandii. The soil there is poor and any moisture very quickly sucked out by the Leylandii. ...
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Landscaping to Reduce Visual Size of Home

We are building 2-story home (~2300 sqft) in a neighborhood of mostly 1-story homes, and typically less square feet, and no large attached garage. Needless to say, with the extra square feet, and ...
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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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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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Ground cover for large sloped area

I have a fairly large area, ~1000 square feet, that I would like to plant with ground cover that looks good, is low to the ground, and is zero maintenance. The area gets full sun the first half of the ...
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Looking for recommendations for houseplants to freshen up air that do not grow much

I do a lot of soldering in my room which smells. Not only that, I find my room smells stale anyway. Ideally I want a fairly small plant that is easy to maintain and doesn't grow into a forest/ palm ...
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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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What is the best shade tree to shade the front of my house?

What type of tree(s) should I plant to provide the best shade on a two-story house? I would like to provide as much shade as possible on the red square below: The part I'm most concerned about is ...
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Where can I educate myself about palm trees?

I'm looking for a palm tree to provide a back drop to a swimming pool. I think I want a medium sized palm but I know nothing about them and need to educate myself. Where can I learn about the ...
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What are some low-maintenance vegetables and annuals that take no extra care beyond watering?

We have a fairly short growing season-- last frost mid-May, first frost mid-Sept. This year, it's even more compressed because I'm having a baby in late June (yay!). I want to put an easy garden in ...
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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 ...