Questions tagged [plant-recommendations]

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Should I replace this arborvitae or will it grow back?

I’ve got a row of arborvitae and one is looking a bit half-dead. Does this guy have a chance? Or should I dig him out and replace him? I’ve only been in this house one growing season, so I have only ...
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What plant should I choose to plant in a window?

I am from the tropics, to be specific, Mumbai. One of my windows (4ft X 4ft ie. 1.33m X 1.33m approximately) has an iron grill (about 6in --- 15cm --- square) and gets a lot of sun. I want to plant a ...
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Something's eating my plants

We live in an apartment with a back patio. Something has devoured our chives, kale, spinach and taken chunks of branches out of our tomato plant. Anyone know what would be so brave as to come into an ...
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Should I keep thistles?

I have dozens of wild thistles (most likely Silybum marianum, but there are several different kinds) in my yard. Should I keep them, or get rid of them? Their look is fine to me. Would they ...
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Broken mango seedling stem

I broke my mango seedling stem tip. Stem is still growing but it has no leaves at all. And to tell you the truth i don't understand from where could the leaves grow. Any ideas on this matter would be ...
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Is my choice for edible perennials for balcony good?

I'm looking to expand my balcony garden. I don't want to go through the trouble of getting new plants every spring so I am looking at cold hardy (-16°C is about the coldest I've seen here this winter) ...
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Fruit bearing plants in shade of northern wall?

Are there any fruit bearing bushes (preferably) or similar fruit bearing plants or small trees which can be grown on northern side of the house which is typically covered by shadow more hours than ...
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Lawn substitutions for yard with active dogs

We have two active Collies and they are destroying the lawn. I don't like grass that much, and it's not holding up to the abuse, even though it's supposed to be a high traffic grass. They are not ...
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What grows beneath Lapageria?

Lapageria, a forest native of southern Chile, prefers acidic, organic, damp, shaded, cool, well-drained soil. I wonder if there's a suitable native groundcover to match. What smaller plants grow ...
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What kind of sunflower is the best for making a flute?

Probably like many other gardeners, I like and plant many kinds od sunflowers - I've got many dry sunflower stalks from the previous year, and I would like to do something useful and creative with ...
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Mexican hat vs. Black-eyed Susan - comparison

Mexican hat vs. Black-eyed Susan or, in Latin, Ratibida columnifera vs. Rudbeckia hirta Ratibida: Rudbeckia: These are two not-so-distant cousins, from famous Asteraceae family. Do you guys know ...
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What's a slow growing, low maintenance water plant?

I'm asking for a home experiment, in which I need a slow-growing(so I don't have to trim it) water plant with leaves above water.
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Recommendation for low-light potted tree

My fiancé and I are getting married next month, and during the ceremony we would like to plant a small tree. Our problem is finding a variety of tree that will work for where we live. We live in a ...
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Plant recommendation for travelling student

I am a university student who rents an apartment to live in. Because I study abroad, there are times that I return back at my parent's home. The time I spend there varies from a week up to two months ...
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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 is the name of these palms? [closed]

I have a question about the name of those plants and I would also like to know how to care for them.
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Multiple hedge planting

I currently have a very well established Hawthorn hedge(it’s been there about 15 years). It has always been trimmed around 7 feet high and maybe 3.5 feet wide. Unfortunately new house have been built ...
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What companion plants will help the growth of young pines?

I recently planted a 2m (6.5ft) high relatively young Pinus pinea in zone 8a (−12.2 °C, 10 °F). It is going well so far. I tried to find out what plants I should grow in its vicinity that would help ...
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The bluest conifer of all time

I am creating a group of blue conifers in a small corner of my garden. A woman from a nursery I occasionaly order plants from claims that there is no bluer conifer than Picea pungens 'Edith'. Is she ...
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Cat safe colorful indoor plant?

Ever since the arrival of our clawed furballs necessitated the banishment of our house plants to the office room my GF misses having some green in the living room. I'd like to rectify this situation ...
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I would like to know if it is possible to plant trees in a difficult spot

My question is; what trees can I possibly plant in the area between walls? I was unable to load a picture of the (walls)so I hope I can describe this. I have 2 walls in my backyard (the issues), a ...
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Plants for fighting with smog?

During winter time there comes smog to my town, consisting of: Carcinogenic Benzo[a]pyrene PM2.5 (fine particulate matter) PM10 (respirable particulate matter) NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) SO2 (sulfur ...
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What plants can I grow in an air-tight jar?

Recently I found out about a way to grow plants in air-tight jars, where the plant is recycling water and air so it is basically a no-maintenance plant. There is a product available from Pikaplant (...
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What's the difference between Berberis Thunbergii cultivars 'Golden Ring' and 'Coronita'?

I'm trying to distinguish between two cultivars of Berberis Thunbergii. Two that are similar are available in my area: 'Golden Ring' and 'Coronita'. What is the difference? What do you recommend?
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How should I grow Cornus sanguinea with respect to surrounding ground covering?

A group of yellow-orange Cornus sanguineas would really fit a spot in my garden. The cultivar I am interested in is appr. 1.2m (4ft.) max height, like in this picture: I plan to plant them even ...
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What privacy hedge plants create little shade?

I'm interested in finding plants that make good hedges, but that have translucent leaves so as to let light through. I'm interested in plants that can create privacy without blocking all the light. ...
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Amelanchier canadensis vs Aronia melanocarpa

I am actively looking for a number of mid-sized plants (meaning small trees or large shrubs) that would attract wildlife to my garden (but other beautiful features would be welcomed too). Two species ...
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Designing cherry laurel grove

I plan to build a seating area close to my neighbor's yard. The little problem is privacy, and I would like to solve it by making a cherry laurel grove. Since I am a kind of plant-collectory person, ...
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Is there any way to recover drooped/folded leaves?

My snake plant is drooping because of the lack of sunlight. I'm going to revive it by moving the pot, but do I have to cut very folded/drooped leaves? They are bent from the middle of the leaf. Any ...
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What are these succulents in a decorative pot?

I got these awesome plants but I don't know what they are or how to care for them. Can you help me?
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Recommendations for climbers that'll climb by a walnut tree

I've got a large walnut tree (Juglans regia), and I am happy with it, I just want to improve further that part of my garden to be more attractive to birds and butterflies. My idea is to plant a ...
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Does my Philodendron have warts?

My Philodendron has little black spots that look like warts on the stock/stem. What could it be?
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'Nicoline' and 'Crimson and Gold' - differences?

I would like to add one or more japanese quinces (in particular, Chaenomeles x superba) to my garden. There are two interesting cultivars that are available where I live: 'Nicoline' and 'Crimson and ...
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Is it wise to let lonicera grow over a brush pile?

I have a sizable brush pile in my yard, 5m x 5m (16ft x 16ft), height 2m (6.5ft). Even a colony of sparrows lives in it. I toy with the idea of planting a Lonicera caprifolium (https://en.m.wikipedia....
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What are some low maintenance evergreens for an east facing partly-shaded bed?

I've just had a bunch of shrubs taken out from an east-facing partly-shaded bed against a house wall -- Viburnum Tinus and Aucuba Japonica. The situation suited them perfectly, to the extent that they ...
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How to treat a Beaucarnea recurvata wounded at the base of the trunk?

I have recently relocated a Beaucarnea recurvata in the garden. In the process the plant got wounded and I am worried about its survival. Earlier the ball (caudex) was in contact with a 2 feet wooden ...
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How to maximize the fruit yield in a small garden

I have a small backyard - around 100 square meters. I want to use a part of it to plant some fruit trees. What fruit trees should I pick in order to get the maximal amount of edible fruits per year? ...
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Tomatoes and pepper plants dropping flowers

I am new to gardening and I have planted tomato and pepper plants. They make flowers but they drop them and they are not making any vegetable. Any idea what could be reason? I am in the city so I ...
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Peace Lily damage! Please help! [duplicate]

I received this plant after a family members funeral service. I placed the plant in my vehicle and it was rather hot out, around 85 degrees. The plant was left in my car for a few hours before I was ...
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Improve drainage of lawn and boggy border

The lawn at the front of my house slopes down to where it meets with my neighbours half. Running down one side of it and in front of the garage is a border. In one of the photos you can see the end ...
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What mediterranean tree should I plant so my grandkids could build a tree house in a few years?

I have a backyard and I live off the Mediterranean Sea in the Middle East. I'd like to plant a tree today that would grow fast enough, be strong and stable and shady enough to allow my grandkids to ...
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What plants/trees will help (or hinder) bind a river bank together?

Our garden border is defined by a steep bank about 4m high, into a small river - not quite a cliff but so steep you would struggle to climb it. The river bends into our border at one point which ...
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What plants will bloom in the fall in my yard in Seattle?

I'm looking for suggestions on what to plant in my front yard. I live in Seattle and summer will be over within a month, so I would like something that blossoms later in the year to give it some color ...
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Which basil has the strongest licorice flavor?

This is my first year growing basil. I'm growing Spicy Bush Globe basil, this year. However, I've found that it doesn't have the licorice-type flavor I'm used to with basil. It tastes like a mix ...
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What vines should I plant to cover my aluminum patio in southern Texas?

I have an ugly aluminum patio roof. It doesn't fit in with the rest of the house or neighborhood. It's too expensive to replace so I thought I could grow some vines up it's poles and roof. Add a bit ...
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What plants can be grown near bulbs?

I am trying to plan out our new garden, and I would like to have some bulbs and perennials, perhaps both in the same area of the garden. I want to make sure that there are no concerns with planting ...
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Can you recommend any short, large-seeded sunflowers?

I'm wanting to grow a lot more sunflowers (Helianthus) for food, these days, but one of my concerns is they get really tall, and sometimes I like shorter plants. If you know of any sunflowers just ...
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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 could I do to make my terrace more comfortable?

I have this terrace in front of my house. It is paved with very knee-abrasive dales. And I would like to make it a better place for my child which will soon learn how to walk and fall there. ...
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Garden plants that do not require full sunlight

I am interested in garden plants that do not require a lot of sunlight. I have limited space so I am trying to stack 3 layers in the same area, one on bottom, second 1m off the ground and third 1m ...