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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are there any plants that glow in the dark?

Are there any plants, grass etc. that glow in the dark?
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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 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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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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 ...