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Restore Life to Your Lavender with Pruning Tips...
Lavender is a fun plant to prune, and a forgiving one. The key is to know that the plant tries to form weak wood at its center, and to slow down this process. this article tells you how and when to prune heavily to keep your plant alive and flowering its heaviest for as many years as possible.
12 Beautiful Maple Trees for Any Landscape
One of the most familiar genera of trees is maple (Acer). These trees and shrubs are famous for their fall colors and delicious syrup.
12 Species of Holly Trees and Shrubs
Add color to your landscape with holly trees and shrubs. They are often evergreen and feature fruit that stays on in winter.
12 Species of Willow Trees and Shrubs
Willow trees and shrubs are filed in the Salix genus. These plants do best in moist soil. Meet 12 species of willow trees and shrubs.
Dogwood Trees, Shrubs and Subshrubs
Dogwoods are a great choice for the home landscape. They offer splashes of color in every season. Learn more about 12 species of dogwood trees, shrubs and subshrubs.
Magnolia Trees and Shrubs
Meet 12 species of the beautiful Magnolia genus. These trees and shrubs feature beautiful flowers that will liven up your garden every spring.
Discover 40 Types of Pine Trees from Around the...
Pine trees are evergreen conifers that are in the Pinus genus. Learn about 40 different species.
Purple Leaf Plum - Prunus cerasifera
One of the most popular plants featuring reddish-purple leaves is the purple leaf plum. Learn more about planting one in your garden.
Types of Lavender and How To Prune Them
In this guide to pruning lavenders, popular varieties of lavender are listed and matched up to their identifying type of flower spike, with a brief strategy given for pruning each popular type.
12 Species of Spruce Trees and Shrubs
Spruce trees are evergreen conifers that are given the genus name of Picea.
12 Species of Juniper Trees and Shrubs
Take a tour of 12 species of juniper trees and shrubs that you can find around the world.
Trees and Shrubs With Purple Leaves
Purple leaves on trees and shrubs are a great way to add a distinctive color to the garden.
Weeping Trees
See pictures and basic growing facts for 19 weeping trees.
Purple Leaf Sand Cherry - Prunus x cistena
Purple leaf sand cherry is a deciduous shrub that -features white or pink flowers and purple leaves.
Shrubs for Part Shade and Full Shade Areas
These shrubs can grow in part shade at least, and some can grow in full shade.
How To Prune and Train Climbing Roses
Climbing roses can cover anything. This article will show you how to select main stems and tie them to a trellis or wall to make a huge summer impact in tough places in your garden.
Angel's Trumpet - Brugmansia spp.
The angel's trumpet features gorgeous trumpet-shaped blooms which will create a beautiful focal point for your tropical garden.
12 Species of Ash Trees
Ash trees (Fraxinus spp.) can be used as shade, lawn and street trees. They feature opposite branching and compound leaves.
Growing the Cape Honeysuckle - Tecomaria Capensis
Set your tropical garden ablaze by planting a cape honeysuckle. Learn some of the basic growing requirements for this shrub.
Star Jasmine
For an intense jasmine-like smell and beautiful white flowers, plant the star jasmine.
12 Species of Fir Trees
Many Christmas trees are chosen from the fir tree genus, Abies. Meet 12 species of these conifers.
Growing Jacaranda mimosifolia
For a gorgeous tree with purple flowers, choose the jacaranda.
Growing Indian Hawthorn - Rhaphiolepis indica
This small evergreen shrub works well for both residential and commercial landscapes.
12 Species of Gum Trees
Many species in Angophora, Corymbia and Eucalyptus may be called a gum tree. Learn more about these (usually) Australian natives.
12 Birch Trees and Shrubs
Birch trees belong to the genus Betula. Their beautiful bark and leaves make them a common choice for the landscape. This list features 12 birch trees and shrubs.
Purple Smoke Bush - Cotinus coggygria
Purple smoke bush is often used as a garden specimen due to the purple-pink plumes and the purple leaves on some cultivars. It is highly drought tolerant.
Tulip Tree - Liriodendron tulipifera
The tulip tree can be used to provide shade in your garden. It has uniquely shaped leaves and flowers with interesting coloring.
Growing the Amur Maple - Acer ginnala
Is the Amur maple the right choice for your landscape? Learn more in this growing profile.
9 Species of Fig Trees
Fig trees are tropical (for the most part) and belong to the Ficus genus. Learn about some of these fascinating species.
Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar Growing Profile
The weeping blue Atlas cedar will create a focal point in your garden since it has twisted weeping branches and blue-green needles.
How Can I Make My Soil More Acidic?
There are ways available to make your soil more acidic if needed.
Find Your USDA Zone
Here are the maps for the new 2012 USDA Hardiness Zones. Find yours so you can pick plants suited to your location.
Rose of Sharon - Hibiscus syriacus
If you like the look of hibiscus but live in a cooler region, choose the rose of Sharon.
Do Bananas Have Seeds?
Have you every stopped to think and wonder if bananas have seeds? Learn how these trees reproduce.
How To Recognize Dead Wood
Recognizing dead wood is the first step to good pruning. Use these tips to recognize dead wood in your shrubs and trees quickly and efficiently so you can practice good pruning even in winter.
How to Prune Knock Out Roses and Other Shrub...
Shrubs roses are the most varied group, but are still less complex to prune than hybrid teas. The Knock Out roses are included in the shrub roses. There are three types based on how much they grow and how much they need to be cut back. This article will help you know how to categorize and tackle your shrub rose.
Can You Grow Apples From Seeds?
Can you grow apples from seeds? The short answer is yes. The more important question is whether you would want to grow apples from seeds.
12 Species of Viburnum Shrubs
Viburnums are handsome shrubs and small trees that produce lovely flowers. Learn more about 12 of these species.
31 Acacia Trees and Shrubs
See pictures and facts about 31 different acacia tree and shrub species. Another name for this type of plant is wattle.
Tri Color Beech - Fagus sylvatica 'Roseo-Margin...
Tri Color Beech is a striking tree that you won't soon forget. It is often used as a specimen tree due to its variegated leaves that may come in many shades of green, pink, and white. They later turn copper in the fall.
Princess Flower Growing Profile
The princess flower (Tibouchina urvilleana) is best grown in tropical and subtropical gardens. It features gorgeous purple blossoms.
Banana Tree - Musa spp.
Learn how to grow the tropical banana tree in your own yard.
Jasmine Shrubs and Vines
Enjoy the glorious scent that jasmine shrubs and vines produce when you plant one of these species.
Ten Trees That Attract Hummingbirds
These ten trees will help attract hummingbirds to your garden. These inquisitive little birds zip around from flower to flower in search of nectar.
What Are Suckers?
Suckers are extra mouths for your plant to feed, wastes of energy you usually don’t want that grow from your tree or shrub’s roots. Learn how to recognize, understand, and handle them here.
Common Lilac
Perfume will fill the air in your garden if you plant the common lilac. Learn more about growing these shrubs.
Growing Contorted Filbert - Corylus avellana...
The contorted filbert is a specimen shrub with twisting branches and yellow catkins.
What is the Difference Between Shrubs and Bushes?
: What is the Difference Between Shrubs and Bushes? : Not much. As far as horticulture is concerned,
Bridal Wreath Spirea
The bridal wreath spirea will grace your garden with an abundance of tiny white blossoms each spring.
Japanese Maple Growing Profile
The Japanese maple is a small graceful tree that is a staple of Japanese gardens. There are thousands of cultivars available for sale.
Plant Nodes and Internodes
Plant nodes and the internodes that connect them are critical parts of all plants that gardeners need to know about for pruning and grafting. Learn why nodes are important, and figure out how to find these parts of the plant on your own.
The Difference Between Trees and Shrubs
Have you ever wondered how you can know if a plant is a tree or a shrub? Find out here.
Grow Pomegranates at Home
The pomegranate (Punica granatum) offers brightly colored fruit that ripens during the fall. Learn how to grow this superfruit in your own garden.
New Zealand Tea Tree Growing Profile
The New Zealand tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium) sports pretty blossoms in shades of white, pink or red.
Serviceberry Trees and Shrubs
Serviceberry trees and shrubs feature flowers that are (usually) white along with dark purple pome fruits. They are a favorite for native and wildlife gardens.
4 Ways to Control Plant Suckers
With proper planting, moderate pruning, and some simple aftercare, you too can prevent those pesky plant suckers!
Growing the Weeping Bottlebrush - Callistemon...
The weeping bottlebrush is a tropical beauty features red blooms that will bring hummingbirds to your garden.
Growing the Lily Magnolia - Magnolia liliflora
The lily magnolia is a deciduous shrub with exquisite reddish-purple or pink flowers that come early in the year. See if they could be a lovely addition to your garden with this profile.
Before You Plant - What Trees and Shrubs Are...
Trees and shrubs can evoke many memories and emotions. Whether you remember the joy of picking nectarines, the heady aroma of blooming lilacs, or a swing in a majestic oak, trees and shrubs affect us all. With careful consideration of the following steps, you can choose the right ones for your location and avoid frustrations and financial losses.
Austrian Pine - Pinus nigra
The Austrian pine (Pinus nigra) is a hardy tree that is a survivor. Use this tree in your difficult landscape spots.
How To Prune Floribunda Roses
Your rose hedges and low filler rose bushes are floribunda roses. Pruning them is easy, as you can do almost all of it with the quick cuts of hedge shears. Learn how here.
Growing the Windmill Palm in the Home Garden
If you live in a temperature region but want the look of the tropics, plant a windmill palm.
The Pruning Rule of 1/3 for Shrubs
The “rule of one-third” in pruning is a limit to how much you should take off at one time. It’s also a goal you can boldly shoot for when thinning a shrub to give it good shape.
Why, When and How to Prune Your Roses
This article covers the basics of rose pruning and is a jump-off point to articles with more detail and specific types of roses.
Grafting Glossary: Scion and Rootstock
When you graft, you always graft a scion to the top of a rootstock. A what to a what? This basic article explains the terms “scion,” “rootstock,” and why both are important.
Growing the Common Elderberry - Sambucus nigra
It's not just a part of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Learn more about growing the common elderberry.
Popular Roses and How to Prune Them
Here’s where to start to find out how to prune any kind of rose! This page will list all the types and a brief pruning strategy with links to a detailed step-by-step.
Growing the Paperbark Maple - Acer griseum
For a smaller tree with beautiful bark, choose the paperbark maple (Acer griseum).
Growing the Korean Fir - Abies koreana
This small fir features striking purple cones.
Citrus Photo Gallery
See pictures and facts for 16 common citrus fruits.
Growing Profile for the Red Tip Photinia
If you want a shrub that sports red leaves, consider choosing the red tip photinia. The new growth starts out as a bronze or red color that changes to green as the leaf matures. It also can have clusters of white blossoms.
Glossy Abelia
Glossy abelia can help add four season color to your garden since the flowers will be present from late spring through autumn.
Pruning Heavy Branches & Jump-Cutting
Pruning heavy branches is a different kind of pruning requiring two phases. Doing it wrong will hurt the plant. Pruning heavy branches the right way means making many cuts and a jump cut, which this article will show you how to do.
Growing Eastern Redbud - Cercis canadensis
Learn the basics of growing the eastern redbud tree, an early bloomer.
Paper Bark Birch Growing Profile
Paper bark birch is a fast growing tree featuring intriguing white bark that peels away from the trunk. Use this near water sites like rivers.
Heather Plant - Calluna vulgaris
Overview of the Heather Plant: Recreate a scene from Wuthering Heights by growing heather, the iconic
Weeping Willow Trees - Salix babylonica
One common weeping tree is the weeping willow. Learn more about growing this in your garden
Witch Hazel Growing Profile
Want flowers that bloom later in the year? Try growing the witch hazel shrub. This skin care staple will also provide a fall leaf show.
Bird's Nest Spruce
A good dwarf conifer for your garden is the bird's nest spruce. Learn more about growing these shrubs here.
Tree Surgery With Grafts: Repair Broken Trees
Do you need to repair a broken tree? For wounds to branches, bark, and roots of special trees that need repair, grafting can provide the answer. Here are three types and links to detailed, step by step, instructions.
How To Prune Hybrid Tea Roses
Traditionally pruned hybrid tea rpses produce very long stems with a single, show-stopping bloom at each end. Learn how to prune them properly.
River Birch
The river birch is a beautiful choice for a landscape tree. The red peeling bark and multiple trunks will serve as a focal point in the garden.
Bad Pruning: Limbing Up Evergreens Needlessly
We often limb-up street trees and other deciduous trees for clearance, but for evergreens this is a bad idea. This Bad Pruning Gallery feature tells you why it’s a bad idea and gives you alternatives.
Chaste Tree Growing Profile
The chaste tree will add purple blossoms to your garden in summer.
How To Use A Pole Saw
Using a pole saw is a must for the homeowner or gardener that needs to prune a large tree, or remove dead wood. The pole saw is a dangerous tool but can be used safely with discretion and a little guidance.
Choose Dawn Redwood to Have a Living Fossil in...
Dawn Redwood is a deciduous conifer that can be used as a shade tree. Learn more about growing this stately tree.
Tropical Fruit Photo Gallery
A whimsical photo journey through the wonderful world of tropical fruits. From açaí to tamarind, there's sure to be a fruit for everyone.
Hardy Banana Trees
Hardy bananas allow you to add banana trees to your temperate garden.
What Is Plant Dormancy?
Dormancy plays a big role in good pruning and successful grafting. This article will teach you what dormancy is and why it happens, and how you use this knowledge in grafting and pruning.
What Does It Mean if a Tree Bleeds Sap?
Should you worry if your tree is bleeding sap? Learn which trees tend to bleed sap and if you need to do anything about it.
Growing the Italian Stone Pine - Pinus pinea
In Europe, most pine nuts come from the Italian stone pine. Learn how to grow one in your garden.
Strawberry Tree - Arbutus unedo
One beautiful drought tolerant shrub is the strawberry tree, which features dainty flowers and colorful round fruits.
12 Trees for Zone 6
All 12 of these trees will be able to grow in a Zone 6 landscape.
Bearberry Growing Profile
Bearberry can be used as a groundcover. It offers color throughout all of the year.
Pruning Dead, Damaged, and Diseased Wood
Removing dead, damaged, and diseased wood is plant triage: the first step of good pruning. This guide tells you how to find dead, diseased, and damaged wood in your own plants and why it is important to remove these before doing any other pruning.
Growing the Red Maple - Acer rubrum
Many parts of the red maple are indeed red.
How To Use Hedge Shears
Hedge shears let you put a long, straight edge in shrubs, and they let you do it quickly—too quickly, if you use the tool on the wrong plant. This article overviews how shears can help in formal hedging and fall cleanup, but otherwise should stay in the shed.
Banana Shrub Growing Profile
If you like the scent of bananas, plant a banana shrub in your garden and enjoy the fragrant flowers.
12 Trees for Full Shade
Landscaping a full shade area can be difficult. Use this guide to learn about 12 different trees that may work in your garden.
Ginkgo Biloba Growing Profile
Ginkgo biloba has fan-shaped leaves that flutter beautifully in the wind. Grow this living fossil in your home garden.
Paperbark Cherry
Paperbark cherry is best known for its stunning bark. The dark coppery peeling bark is actually a plastic film! It works quite well for winter interest.
Growing Ninebark - Physocarpus opulifolius
Ninebark is a real trooper; it can handle a wide variety of growing conditions with gusto.
Grow the Gorgeous Royal Poinciana in Your...
If you live in a tropical or subtropical place and love red flowers, the royal poinciana (Delonix regia) is the tree for you!
Deodar Cedar Growing Profile
The Deodar cedar is a majestic evergreen conifer that has a naturally pendulous shape.
Samara Fruit
Learn what a samara is and what trees bear them.
World Hardiness Zones
Use these maps from around the world to determine what USDA zone your country falls under.
Fig Tree
The fig tree is one of the oldest cultivated fruit trees - over 5000 years. Page 23.
How Can You Get Rid of Scale on Euonymus?
Learn ways to get rid of these pesky pests on your euonymus shrubs
Clematis Pruning
Pruning clematis vines means knowing when your plant blooms and how that affects when you should work. Clematis pruning doesn’t have to get you all tangled up: start with the general ideas and tips here, then move on to the step-by-step guide when it’s time to work.
Guanabana
Guanabana is also called soursop. It is related to the cherimoya, custard apple, and sweetsop. Page 27.
Which Trees Have Opposite Branching?
Not many trees feature opposite branching, so this can be a key characteristic for identification. Learn which trees sport this type of branching.
How Can I Identify My Trees and Shrubs?
With thousands of trees and shrubs existing in nature, it's easy to see why you might not know the name of a tree or shrub. There are ways you can identify your plant and care for it properly.
Orange Jasmine
Filling the air with a sweet smell, orange jasmine is a welcome addition to any tropical garden. The white flowers are very attractive to bees.
Sago Palm Growing Profile
Grow an ancient plant in your garden by planting the sago palm (Cycas revoluta.) These cycads are similar in appearance to palm trees.
Elm Trees
Elm trees (Ulmus) are popular trees that have faced many problems due to Dutch elm disease. Learn more about 20 of these species, including ones that are resistant to this disease.
Serbian Spruce
For a conical evergreen that doesn't require pruning, choose the Serbian spruce.
Growing the Natal Plum
Plant this tropical shrub for the edible fruit and starry flowers.
Guava
Guava is one of the most commonly cultivated fruits in the world. Page 28.
Growing the Shrubby Cinquefoil - Potentilla...
The shrubby cinquefoil blooms in summer and offers flowers in shades of orange, pink, red, white and yellow.
Does Chewing Gum Come From Gum Trees?
You may think that gum comes from gum trees (also known as eucalyptus), but would you be right?
Blueberries - Vaccinium spp.
Latin Name: Vaccinium spp. There are many different species of blueberries. Common Names: Blueberries,
Hardy Kiwi
Hardy kiwis are woody vines that can grow in cooler climates and are a delicious treat.
10 Shrubs for Zone 10
These 10 shrubs will work well for your garden in Zone 10.
Japanese Mockorange
The Japanese mockorange is a sturdy shrub for subtropical landscapes.
Black Chokeberry Growing Profile
The black chokeberry offers edible fruit that entice birds to come to your garden.
Growing the Border Forsythia
Border forsythia is one of the heralds of spring, bursting into bloom before many other plants.
What Are Deciduous Conifers?
Deciduous conifers are unique trees that sport features of both deciduous and coniferous trees. Learn what characteristics they share here.
Controlling Spider Mites
Spider mites are a common garden pest both indoors and outdoors. Learn about the different ways that you can control spider mites.
List of Grafted Plants
When you buy a plant, the seller usually won’t know if it has been grafted or not, leaving you to guess. This list of commonly grafted plants will help you guess.
Linden Trees
For a tree with heart shaped leaves, choose one of the linden tree species.
Growing Fringe Tree - Chionanthus virginicus
A delightful sight to behold in spring is a fringe tree in bloom. The shrub is covered with white flowers that are fragrant. Learn more about the growing conditions needed for success.
Learn the Flower Parts
Learn the flower parts with this handy diagram. Each one is defined and noted on the picture.
Tree Shapes
An image gallery depicting the typical tree shapes you may find in a landscape.
Growing Parrotia persica - Persian Ironwood
For a small tree with a spectacular fall leaf palette, plant Parrotia persica.
Black Haw Viburnum Growing Profile
The black haw viburnum is a large shrub that features an abundance of white flowers in the spring.
How to Create and Maintain a Formal Hedge
Formal hedges. Everyone knows what they look like, and lots of people think they have to turn boxwoods and yews into them. If you are of that mind, or want a smooth and elegant evergreen backdrop to your border garden, this article will show you how to make these labor-intensive plant forms.
Cashew Apple
The cashew apple is not a true fruit. The actual fruit is the gray nut on top. Page 13.
Jackfruit
The jackfruit is the largest edible tree fruit in the world. Page 30.
Loquat
Loquats grow in clusters of 4-30 fruits. Page 35.
Growing Avocado Trees in Your Home Garden
If you live in an area that is tropical or subtropical, try growing your own avocado tree.
Prunus Trees and Shrubs
The purple leaf sand cherry is the result from crossing the Atropurpurea purple leaf plum and the sandcherry. Page 15.
How To Make Pine Cone Bird Feeders
Have your kids help make these simple pine cone bird feeders with you at home. These will help make your yard more bird-friendly.
Bog Rosemary Growing Profile
Bog rosemary is a pretty little shrub with bluish leaves like rosemary and pink or white blooms.
Do Any Fruits Have Their Seeds on the Outside?
In the plant reproductive process, seeds form inside the ovary after pollination.There are some fruits where it appears that the seeds are carried on the outside, but this simply isn't true.
Marang
The marang is related to the breadfruit and jackfruit. Page 40.
Growing the Sugar Maple - Acer saccharum
Learn how to grow sugar maple, a common source of sap for maple syrup making.
Papaya
Papaya comes in 2 kinds - Hawaiian and Mexican. Page 46.
10 Trees for Small Spaces
You can still grow trees even if your garden is on the smaller side. Choose one of these trees that stays under 25' tall and wide.
Acai
Acai juice and pulp is becoming a popular ingredients in health and diet products. Page 2.
Custard Apple
The name custard apple is used for several related fruits. Page 18.

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