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Grafting only one of three branches of Mulberry

I have a white mulberry tree. I have planted it about 3 months ago. It was already pretty good in size and it is growing well. As you can see in the picture below, it has three main branches. I want ...
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Good Trees for a backyard Garden in North Carolina

What are some low maintenance trees I can plant for the North Carolina region? Priorities in order of importance Low Maintenance, Both my wife and I work demanding jobs and we have two kids. I doubt ...
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Best shade grass seed for north central Florida?

I just completed a lot of underground plumbing work in my backyard which has resulted in me having lots of patches of dirt, and I would like to plant grass seed to start to add some ground cover. I'm ...
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Shade Forest Ground Cover

I have an area on my property in New Hampshire that borders my lawn. It's mostly pretty heavy shade from maples. It also gets pretty moist at times throughout the year. Right now especially on the ...
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Polytunnel, green house or Shade Structures

For 1-2 year old trees for zone 8, H4 in UK, what would be better for overwintering, hardening, summer heat? Polytunnel, a green house or some kind of 50-80% shade cloth structure? And would the ...
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Partial shade on west-facing slope. Need help designing grape / fruit vineyard

I'm looking for help placing espaliered fruit trees / grapes for the best sun / shade combination. We have a westward-facing slope that we want to start a grape / fruit vineyard with. It gets ...
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Can I use medium weight white shade cloth as a weed barrier under gravel, under my deck?

Can I use medium weight white shade cloth as a weed barrier under gravel, under my deck? I have a ton of it in a very wide roll. The white shade cloth appears to be more tightly woven and heavier ...
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Resod Fescue lawn with Bermuda during the month of July/August?

We live in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Our lawn currently has fescue grass, but it has brown bald patches on it. Is it possible to sod it to Bermuda grass this month or the next (July/August)? We have a ...
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I ordered variegated ivy online - but got this

Last autumn, I wanted to have an attractive ground cover for a deep shade area. So I ordered five variegated English ivies, and planted them - or so I thought. I noticed some flowers today. Looking ...
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Best privacy trees under pine trees?

There are several big pine trees between my house and neighbor’s. We want some privacy so instead of fence, we are thinking planting some 4-5 feet privacy trees in between (red line). Would something ...
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Should I place this plant directly in sunlight?

I have brought a curry leaf plant sapling from the local nursery. It was planted in a plastic bag filled with soil from the ground. I have placed it in a 12 inch pot today with fresh store bought ...
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What hedging plants will grow in a shady area?

There's a narrow belt of land - a couple of metres - between a path and our land about 50m long and I'd like to grow a barrier. However since we're in woodland I would like it to be more natural - ...
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Do I need to add new topsoil when redoing my lawn?

I have 2/3 of my lawn bare and plan to redo it. The soil is compacted and most of the bare area is shaded. I was thinking of turning the soil over with a rotovator and adding fertilizer before turfing ...
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Herb garden without direct sun. Which herbs can I grow? (incl. image)

What I would like to do I would like to create a little herb garden in a raised bed underneath the stairs which are seen in the image (shot in the evening). As there won't be any direct sun to this ...
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"Green Spire" shrub with no growth

"Green spire" vertical growing shrub not taking root very well, or growing at all. It was planted 4 weeks ago, nutrient rich soil, no problems except mininal morning sun. Ideas?
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Productive plants in shade

I live in the desert with temperature seasonal extremes of about 0°c - 45°c (or freezing to really hot) and over 300 days of sun annually. On the north side of my back yard I have a cinder block wall ...
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How can I garden without sun outdoors

I live in a building with a very small patch of property out back I am allowed to do stuff with (Townhome with strict HOA kind of thing). I managed to fit a 4x4 raised garden bed very nicely (though ...
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Are "Jack Frost" Brunnera and "Alexander's Great" Brunnera the same cultivar by a different name?

Of all the online retailers who sell Brunnera that I can find, they only sell either "Jack Frost" Brunnera or "Alexander's Giant" Brunnera. One I contacted claimed they are identical, but no retailers ...
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Mulch/compost over partially exposed roots

Location is Portland, Oregon. TL;DR I want to plant shrubs and shade tolerant ornamentals under trees in one corner of my lot. The soil is clayey and very compacted, and due to long-term slow erosion ...
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Fast Growing Shade Tree

We're buying a house in the desert southwest (US) and want to plant a shade tree to cast shade over the western aspect of the home. I like oak trees but want to get the house shaded sooner rather ...
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How to plant the right tree in the right place for shade?

Since the sun is at it's brightest around noon, does that mean that a tree should be planted towards the south side of the house? If so then what if your front lawn also sits towards the south. Would ...
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Can leafy vines be used as shade?

Has any climbing plants been used to envelope a house for the purpose of creating shade? What would be the best vine for this and why?
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Looking for a Full Shade Vine to Grow in Zone 10 using a Trellis on Stucco

I'm completely stuck as to which vine would be ideal for a trellis on a stucco wall in full shade in South Florida (Zone 100. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Will using reflective aluminum foil start a fire?

I have a balcony garden where I get a ton of sunlight on my wall, but not much on my plants beneath this wall. I planned on using a reflective panel made from cardboard and aluminum foil to reflect ...
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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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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 is this small, evergreen perennial in zone 6b?

This is 2 stems, each with 3 leaves. The leaves are thick and stiff with serrated edges. The leaf is about 2". The whole thing is about 2" high. A few of these have popped up in the garden. This ...
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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 ...
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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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Artichoke wilts at midday

I have a new 3 foot tall artichoke plant in a roomy pot on my sunny deck in zone 17. If I leave it in full sun, it wilts by midday. Can I keep it in semi-shaded area and expect it to bud?
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How do I make seed starting green mulch form newspaper?

I'm trying to grow some shade grass, but heavy rains washed my first attempt partially away. I've read that using straw is not the best idea because the straw had weed seeds nad needs to be racked ...
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Morning/Afternoon sun plants (vegetables)

Is there a list one learning gardener can use to plan the position of plants depending on their preference of sunlight hours? I am interested in growing vegetables in a greenhouse. I've read that ...
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Can I grow callisia repens turtle vine inside the house?

Can I grow callisia repens, turtle vine, in the house without any sunlight, only in shade? Thanks.
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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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Can I plant Escallonia Apple Blossom as a hedge in partial shade?

Is Escallonia Apple Blossom shrub suitable for planting as a hedge in a North facing cornish wall? The site is windy, coastal and in the shade of the house. The Royal Horticultural Society says ...
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How important is full sun for a Blue Spruce tree?

We've been thinking about getting a living tree for Christmas this year. It's something I've always wanted to do, as it bothers us to throw away trees. We also need more trees for birds, squirrels, ...
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What would be a good grass, available in seed, to plant for ground cover in a forest?

We will be clearing invasive species from a badly overrun lot on Long Island. There are quite a few mature trees that will be left, but the ground will be mostly bare dirt when we are finished pulling ...
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Trees or shrubs with decent shade that can grow in pots?

Is it possible to grow/maintain in pots trees or shrubs that can offer decent shade for someone to sit under them when there's lots of sun? I have an open good-sized concrete rooftop in a building ...
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Can I plant sun-loving annual seedlings in partial shade if the area will have full sun in a few weeks?

This is somewhat of a general question, as it applies to several things I'm growing, but to be specific enough, I've chosen to ask it about one plant. I'm in Zone 6 (−5°F, -20°C). I started some ...
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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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Heathers in an East facing bed?

I have a bed that is next to a wall, the bed is on the east side of the wall, NW England. As the bed has been dug out, I can control what soil I put in. Will heathers cope with not being in ...
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Can I transplant a shade-growing lilac into a sunny spot?

All of the lilac bushes I've ever grown have been in the sun. I assumed that was important for their survival. When cleaning up the yard yesterday in preparation for spring planting, I found a ...
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Why are the leaves on my houseplant turning yellow and getting black spots?

I have this shade plant in my home. The leaves are becoming dry, turning yellow and developing black dots on them. I don't know whats wrong with it. If it's a lack of food, I can give it compost, ...
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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 ...
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What species is this large clump of lawn grass?

I recently planted tall fescue in the shaded, wet areas of my lawn (mostly around the patio) as the couch grass simply would not grow there. I noticed there was a fine, long, dark green clump grass ...
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Edible plants for very shady indoor location

The only location in my apartment where I can fit plants is a southwest facing window. However, the window is shaded for most of the afternoon by the heavy foliage of some alders, so it gets very ...
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What Would Be A Good Shade Tree for Oakville, Ontario, Canada?

Shade Tree questions I'm looking to get a new tree for our backyard to provide a bit more shade throughout the summer. I did some searches around and on this site, got some ideas, but would still ...
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What are some of the best fast-growing trees for both shade and fruit/nuts?

I want to grow a bunch of trees in my garden for shade. Which trees will grow fast and are also useful for fruits or nuts?. By the way, I am in South India - Chennai (Madras)
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What fruit/nut/berry grows in mottled sunlight on a climbing structure?

Location: Arizona I currently have a dying dragon fruit on a climbing structure that I am going to replace. Given that this location is in mottled sunlight and has a pre-established climbing ...
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Shade tolerant plants that including ones that will cascade

I have a series of terraced beds in front of my house that navigate a downward slope of 4'. The terrace is mostly in shade due to the maple tree that is also in the front yard. I'm looking to fill the ...
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