Trees & Houseplants : Home & Garden
Native to the Mediterranean and North Africa, Cyclamen persicum, the potted florist variety, blooms in the fall, winter and spring, depending on growing conditions. Some greenhouses time the blooming cycle for the holiday season, and cyclamen is often grouped with indoor holiday plants like poinsett
Orchids typically need very well-draining growing medium, so soil is not always the appropriate option. Stones and stone-like materials like lava rock, perlite and charcoal allow for airflow and drainage.
Drooping leaves on a tree warrant concern, especially since you invested time and effort on its establishment. Because leaves are usually the first places symptoms of stress appear, inspect the foliage frequently during the growing season to ensure your tree is healthy and vigorous. Ideally, medium-
Zucchini has long been a favorite vegetable in Italian cuisine. Brought to California by Italians in the early 1900s, zucchini are now grown in nearly all areas of California. Also called summer squash, zucchini are a warm-season vegetable in the marrow group. Zucchini plants prefer well-drained soi
Bulbs are planted in either the fall or the spring. Spring-blooming bulbs such as daffodils should be planted in fall, while tropical bulbs that grow in summer should be planted in spring. Bulb planters are tools used to make planting bulbs easier. These tools are tube-shaped trowels, similar to a s
Kerria japonica is the ideal shrub for the gardener seeking to lighten up a shady space. This deciduous shrub produces sunny yellow flowers that cover the entire canopy and drip gently over the side. Although the shrub does fine in sun, with adequate water, the yellow flowers aren't quite as brillia
Aquatic plants include a wide variety of plants that grow on the surface, along the edge or at the bottom of a water source.water lily image by Tomasz Pawlowski from Fotolia.comChoosing the right aquatic plants will not only add aesthetic value to a pond or aquarium, but can also serve as...
Wild quinine (Parthenium integrifolium) is an herbaceous perennial wildflower that is native to the eastern United States. With stiff, upright stems; fragrant toothed leaves; and white, button-like blossoms, wild quinine is an excellent addition to wildflower or cottage gardens in United States Depa
Widely distributed around the globe, orchids are tall, statuesque plants that grow one to two long flower stalks, which support up to 10 blooms. Those blooms come back year after year with the right care.
While tomatoes like it hot and spinach likes it cool, they both can grow together successfully. The success of this odd couple depends on when you plant the spinach. Spinach typically prefers the early spring through early summer. But to extend the spinach crop along with tomatoes, plant spinach tha
Petunias are typically treated as annuals. They are planted in the spring, bloom throughout the warm months and then die in the fall when temperatures begin to drop. Petunias, though, are actually perennials. In year-round warm climates, they survive and sometimes bloom throughout the winter. If you
Wild cherry trees can be a beautiful and elegant addition to the landscape of your home or business. When they're young, their leaves are a vibrant bronze color, and in the autumn, you can expect rich reds and brilliant yellows. There are a few different types of wild cherry trees, including Prunus
Jasmine of all types grows long, climbing vines and bright, sweet-smelling white or yellow flowers. Varieties include common white, winter, showy, South African, Confederate and Asian star. Although the vining shrub is beautiful and fragrant as a controlled garden plant, it can get out of control an
Lupinus perennis, known as perennial lupine, is a hardy plant that is native to North America from Florida to Southern Ontario. This nitrogen-fixing plant improves the quality of the soil by converting nitrogen in the air into a usable form.
Snails can be destructive to gardens and plant life, making them necessary to get rid of before too much damage has occurred. While snails tend to feed mostly on plants that are decaying, they can also create large holes in stems, flower bulbs and any other kind of plant tissue. Any kind of plant ca
The hydrangea is native to China, and was introduced to England and then to the United States in the 19th century. Hortensia hydrangea, or "Hydrangea macrophylla" for its botanical name, is also known as florist hydrangea, and is one of the most common species grown. These hydrangeas are popular in
Coral bark maple is a variety of Japanese maple that is favored for the winter interest it adds to the landscape. Acer palmatum "Sango-kaku" displays green foliage in the summer and turns bright red and gold in the fall. The most spectacular aspect of the tree, though, is the coral colored-branches