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What can I plant in full shade that will provide color?

What can I plant with an English Ivy ground cover under a large shade tree? I was hoping to add some color. The area is full shade.
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What plants will grow successfully in an outdoor patio with non-direct light?

I have an outdoor patio (two, actually) that don't get direct sunlight. They face towards the east (which means they should get direct sunlight) but the apartment I live in is directly adjacent to a ...
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What are the best herbs to grow hydroponically in Texas when starting in June?

I'm wanting to build a small vertical hydroponic system from PVC or Bamboo to grow herbs and possibly veggies/fruit at a rental house. This is my first time trying to grow anything and I'm not sure ...
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Orchid has browning foliage. Can you help diagnose the problem?

My Phragmipedium is showing some symptoms. I am wondering if it is a nutrient deficiency or disease. I water them once a week and with the occasional ice cube that doesn't touch the foliage. ...
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Ginger plant growing into height

I have 2 ginger bulbs planted and while the plants grow fast (it has grown from zero to this in about a month), they are getting very high. Right now nearing a meter. The plant is mostly on a ...
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Growing bitter melon or karela?

I live near Vancouver, Canada, USDA zone 8a. Our summers are fairly mild, only becoming consistently hot from mid-July to end of August and maybe the beginning of September. I want to grow karela (the ...
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What are typical and perennial garden green and flowering plants?

I will be edging my yard this summer and not sure what plants to plant on my edge. This is my first time doing this. I don't want to overwhelm the edges but enough plants to make it look full. I am ...
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What flowering plants could I keep outdoors in pots in winter in Holland?

I want to put flowers or plants in a flower pot in front of the house. I live in Holland and it is raining a lot there and there are not a lot of sunny days, and winters are not very cold (0 °C is ...
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Groundcover that will thrive in (Zone 9A) in Sierra Pine forest environment?

I am looking for practical suggestions for an aggressive groundcover that will discourage Manzanita and will not require more than one or two annual trimmings to keep less than 12 - 16 inches in ...
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Cut back the tops of newly planted Beech Hedging to encourage growth?

Last year I planted a long row of beech to provide me with beech hedging. At the time they were approximately 30-40cm in height, and they have now grown to an average of 50-70cm in height. The final ...
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Could I grow a fruiting plant in my office?

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? Is there any ...
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What tree will grow acorns quickly?

I want an acorn tree I do not have to wait till I'm dead to see it produce acorns. I have been disgusted talking with nurseries all day long. I am 56 and I want to have an acorn tree. Below are some I ...
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What edible, winter-hardy plants would grow well on my northern patio?

I'm near Zurich, Switzerland, which is in hardiness zone 8a. I recently moved and have an uncovered patio facing North. It gets some sun in the morning and a tiny bit of sun in the afternoon. I'm ...
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Is dry sphagnum moss dead?

When you buy dried/dehydrated, compacted bricks of sphagnum moss from gardening suppliers and stores, etc., is it supposed to be alive, and/or able to grow, upon rehydration? Or is it dead? I bought ...
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What can I grow in small (Ø12 D12) pots outside?

A few years ago I got 5 pots from IKEA measuring 12cm in diameter and 12cm tall. I've tried having herbs in them, but they are just way too small for anything to grow nicely for more than a few weeks, ...
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Self-clinging climber that will not damage a concrete fence

I am looking for an evergreen climber to screen an ugly pre-cast concrete stone-effect fence. I cannot change the fence (it's concreted into retaining structures). The fence consist of 6ft upright ...
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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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Do you grow or have info on the evergreen stewartia (sometimes listed under the genus hartia)

My earlier question has seemed to generate much confusion so I am taking a stab at re-writing it. Part of me fears that this board doesn't contain enough plant geeks (aka plant collectors), and ...
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Flowering climbing planting in areas that are close to auto traffic

I'm wondering about what kinds of plants would be good to grow by busy streets. Specifically I'm interested in recommendations of climbing plants that could scale a wide column with or without a ...
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What food crops grow well in a shady area?

I have very big trees in my garden that covers 85% of the sunlight. I'm in Asia with temperatures around 30 °C. It's dry most of the year and the soil is pretty hard. What food crops should I ...
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What herbs would grow well in a roof garden in KwaZulu-Natal?

I live in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa which is an area with a hot summer climate and frosty winters. I have a bare concrete roof above my room (with access) and want to turn it into a herb garden. ...
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What are the variables I need to consider when planting my Eidelweiss?

I've done a fair bit of research to avoid people doing work for me but I'm still a bit confused. I have purchased three Eidelweiss that have arrived a week ahead of schedule and I'm woefully ...
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Is there a red or similar-looking moss that will grow on a stone statue?

I'd like to try growing some moss on a stone statue. As it's of a dragon (and I'm Welsh) it really like it to be red-ish, at least in parts. Any advise on a red moss, or some other plant that I ...
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Which of these trees are good for growing as a Christmas tree in a pot?

I'm going to buy a potted Christmas tree we can keep in a pot, and would like to buy a Nordmann fir (Picea nordmanniana) for its colourful male cones. I have read this species is fast growing and isn'...
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Aquatic plants growing conditions

I am a beginner gardener. I wanted to know if aquatic plants can grow in a small (100 x 10 x 10 inch) outdoor water tank filled with clean tap water? Also, does the water have to be treated in any way?...
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What vegetables could I grow in an indoor garden in winter?

I live in a city and love gardening, but have no spare room especially for gardening. I am planning to make a garden on my windowsill. I live in the Netherlands, so outdoor temperatures in winter are -...
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Ideal plants for rental property?

We have a rental property in zone 9. I planted bungleweed, salvia guarantica (blue black), firebush, lantana, ligustrum japonica, Pink muhly grass, dwarf lemon tree, camellia and others 2 years ago. ...
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What are my options for plant choices near a pressure treated retaining wall at base of backyard fence?

My backyard has a fence built on a retaining wall of pressure treated wood which was built some 15 yrs ago to address height/level difference between my yard and backyard neighbor's yard. When I ...
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Are there maintenence free edible plants for sandy iron rich soil in harsh climate?

Are there any edible perennial plants that does not require much care and can grow in zone 4-5 in a very sandy and iron rich soil? It's in a spruce/pine forest with a lot of lingonberry and blueberry ...
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Looking for advice on constructing a living fence, using trees or vine

I have a simple, old, rusted chainlink fence at the back of my yard. In the future, we want to replace it. Therefore, we have been looking for ideas. We recently spotted a very interesting fence-...
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What potted outdoor plant most resembles astroturf in terms of required care

I am looking for the potted plant that has the highest survival rate when planted outside on a balcony, in a small trough pot in direct sunlight, supplied only with rainwater, without any regular ...
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How to plant a Yoshino Cherry Tree successfully?

I purchased four Yoshino Cherry Tree saplings. I want to know the best way to ensure their growth success in my region. I am located in midwestern Indiana (hardiness Zone 5a). I've read that I need ...
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Container plants for winter display

What would be some good container planting combination ideas for the winter? A bit of extra info: I live in Bristol, UK. And the containers would be in a courtyard on the North-East side of the ...
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Ideas needed to sort out this waterlogged, dark, mess in front of my house

In front of my North facing window, on a slight tilt, is this 1.5m x 3m patch of, well, mud. There is are paving slabs just underneath the window, but the moss is happily growing which gives you an ...
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What herbs or useful plants thrive in full sunlight? [closed]

What herbs or other useful plants thrive in full sunlight? I want to create a garden of small plants in the rooftop, but I would like to include only plants that are useful (ie. Cooking, medicinal, ...
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What flowering plants are recommended for a roof garden in a climate with hot dry summers?

I live in a hot (now 42 °C to 25°C) and dry (14% relative humidity just right now) city, and I have around 15 hours of sunlight. I wanted to plant some flowers on my roof, where there are no ...
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Fast growing trees for shade & fruits in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan

I am presently in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan bordering Punjab & Rajasthan. I want to grow a miniature forest in my backyard, I request to suggest fast growing trees for shade & fruits. I have ...
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Help me make this drainage “ditch” look great

I have about 100 feet of flowerbed that follows a damp drainage path. The area is 100% in the sun, no shade. I would like to plant some plants along this flowerbed that don't "spread" over time - can ...
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How close can I plant a new climbing rose to an existing mature plant?

I have a mature climbing rose. It's about 5 years old, so I think it has probably reached its maximum size. It's a little over 6 feet (~2 meters) high and about 2 feet (.6 meters) at its widest point. ...
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Which three of these six plants should I get? [closed]

I am getting three plants. But I have selected six plants from websites. They are: Janet Craig Chinese Evergreen Fancy leaved Caladium Massangeana Plant Philodendron Snake Plant Snake plant is well ...
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Which root edibles can be harvested in the following years after they are planted?

I would like to plant some root edibles (is it correct to call these vegetables?) near my house which will either remain a viable food source for longer than a season, or propagate so that there will ...
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How tall can Boxwood Green Velvet really grow?

I really like the 'boxwood green velvet' for privacy hedge but I ideally need at least 5 ft of height. Most sources for example here says it grows 2 to 4 ft but at least one claims it grows 4 to 6 ft ...
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What is the best privacy hedge for the US northeast?

I am looking for a privacy hedge which is dense, grows to at least 6 ft tall, has small leaves and is evergreen and can sustain harsh winter of northeast USA. I like boxwood "Green Velvet" for its ...
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Which of these Air & Pollution cleaning plants best fit a window/ balcony in Mumbai Weather?

Most of the previous threads around such plants are centered/ biased around western nations, so finding ones that fit this Asian/ Indian city is different and key. Also, it would help apply to lots ...
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Can I grow a climbing plant as a trailing plant?

We recently built a step-based garden beside our path. There are only a few wide levels, and the slope is not very steep. I know of many plants that will work well there, including annuals; ground ...
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What can I plant between rows of sunchokes?

I have planted rows of sunchokes in my 10'X15' community garden, so I was wondering what I should plant between the rows of sunchokes. I'm looking for something that I can leave in the ground all ...
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Revive a dying lavender (for a dummy)

In my recent backyard (since 1.5 year), I have been clumsy (and lazy). This not so young lavender (Lavandula) was blooming last summer, and I neglected cutting the flowers at the right time. I just ...
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Is the gel of all Aloe Vera plants suitable for consumption?

Youtube shows videos where the crystal gel of Aloe Vera plant is used for a smoothies. I am confused because some Aloe Vera plants are marketed as not for consumption and some are called medical aloes,...
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Which Aloe Vera plant has the most healing property? [closed]

I look for the Aloe Vera plant(s) for exercise-induced (EI) hypersensitivity such as allergic rhinitis. Which Aloe Vera plants has the most healing property?
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What shrubs/flowers are deer resistant?

I am redoing the landscaping around my house and there are always tons of deer nearby. What types of plants are deer resistant but still look pretty(flowering). Location is in Wisconsin. The ...