Questions tagged [plant-recommendations]

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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?
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What are some low maintenance plant choices for apartment (indoor) living?

I'm not an expert on plants, but would like to add some plant life 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 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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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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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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Which tomatoes grow the best in high temperatures?

Which tomato varieties have the most heat tolerance? I live in a dry area (a steppe climate, or a Bsk climate with very hot summers), where the daytime highs are usually 89° F. or above in summer (up ...
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Calorically dense crops that can be grown in southern Ontario, Canada?

I'm experimenting with growing my own food, and have been for a few years now. My goal, in the very long term, is to be able to homestead and grow as much of my own food as I can. In terms of sheer ...
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What can I grow in a sealed office environment with no natural light or airflow?

Can ANY plant with green foliage survive in a sealed office environment with fluorescent lighting from 8am to 5:30pm and air conditioning set at 20 C (for the remaining time, there is basically zero ...
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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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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 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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What are good shade-loving consumable plants for a high-rise windowsill?

At our office, we have a wonderful recreation area that gets a few hours of morning sun. The rest of the day the space is engulfed in generic flourescent light. I'm curious which herbs, vegetables or ...
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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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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 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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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 is a good choice for an edible fruit producing plant given a space of 20 ft x 3 ft (ca. 6×1 m)?

There is a patch of lawn between the driveways of my neighbour and I of dimension ~5 ft x 20 ft (ca. 1.5×6 m). I would like to plant edible fruit producing plants in my half of this strip of dirt and ...
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What plants are best for attracting butterflies to a small garden?

How can I attract butterflies to my small garden? What flower plants are ideal for attracting them? Details: Garden is in a fenced backyard, faces North-East. Not shaded, gets sunlight from about ...
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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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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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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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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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Are there “air purifier” plants that can grow/survive in cars?

I'm aware of the NASA clean air study listing plants with air purification qualities. I'm interested if there are any "air purification" kind of plants that can survive a range of temperatures found ...
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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 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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Do any plants add nutrients back into the soil as they grow?

It seems reasonable that there ought to be at least a few symbiotic plant varieties that benefit from improving soil condition for other plants. If not that, are there plants that essentially improve ...
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Plant recommendation for gift for kindergarten students

My wife is a kindergarten teacher and this year, as an end of year gift for the children, she wanted to give them each a small tomato plant to bring home on the last day of school. She asked me to ...
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What are some good vegetables for a beginner, and how do I find quality seeds?

I have taken a recent interest in gardening, particularly growing herbs and vegetables. I don't know much, but I'm going to wing it and learn from trial and error. I have a few questions that I ...
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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 rooting?...
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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 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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Do Pawpaws do well in common landscape settings in hardiness zones 6B?

I've seen wild pawpaw in VA, but never spent the time to investigate any special growing conditions. I'd love to plant them as an edge plant here in NY, but I've never seen them around here. I'm ...
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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 variety of heather grows to a large 4 foot height?

I'm in the Pacific Northwest where heaths/heathers really thrive. I'm deciding on the variety to place in a well-drained, partially sunny southwest facing spot. All of the heather types available at ...
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What are the best deciduous shade trees for Phoenix, Arizona?

I'm looking for a medium sized deciduous shade tree to plant in Phoenix, Arizona to shade part of my house. It needs to be deciduous so that it will let the sun through in the winter and provide shade ...
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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 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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What's the fastest growing shade tree?

I've heard there are many fast growing trees. Can anyone tell me the fastest growing one suitable as a shade tree near a house? I bought a new house and need a super fast growing tree. I love maples.
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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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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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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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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 trees would be good along a boundary wall and avenue in India?

I am from the eastern part of India i.e. Ranchi (Jharkhand ). Can anyone recommend some trees I can plant along the boundary wall of a school campus? They should provide good shade, temperature ...
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What vegetable seeds should be planted right now?

I have a few outdoors vegetable boxes and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. To get a head start for the growing season, I would like to start by planting seeds indoors using a heating mat. What ...
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What are the absolute most water-thirsty plants?

I have a balcony that gets about 4 hours 1 hour of direct sunlight a day (but several many hours of indirect sunlight bouncing off a building in front) that has an A/C unit where the water condensate ...
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Is a screened in porch full sun or partial shade?

Florida, Zone 9b. I've got a lot of unused space around a screened in pool so I'm planning to do some container gardening. Three walls and the roof of this area are window screen material held up by ...
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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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Growing beneficial, edible plants in the woods

We are purchasing some land in northern KY. and want to start growing food in the wooded area. We plan to plant ginseng but beyond that we are looking for other suggestions as to what we can grow in ...