Trees & Houseplants : Home & Garden
Perennial plants and vines survive year after year, adding color and visual interest to the landscape. Plants can be identified by the formation, shape and position of their leaves. Leaves are one of the most useful tools in plant identification. Several common landscape plants present five leaves.
If you have hazelnut trees on your property, you don't have to worry about going to the store and buying expensive, prepackaged bags. Harvesting your own nuts is as easy as picking them up off the ground and drying them for a few days. Hazelnuts add a distinctive, nutty flavor to desserts as well as
Tulip trees have beautiful blooms.tree pink tulips image by Lars Christensen from Fotolia.comTulip trees are a favorite among landscapers due to their beautiful flowers and big, shade-providing branches. When grown in optimal conditions with proper care, they are typically hardy and...
The germination rate of a bean seed depends on several internal and external factors. To compensate for this, bean seeds are planted closer as seeds than they will have room to grow as adults. Once it is clear which seeds will germinate, thin the beans to a more suitable distance by stopping some of
The brown anole, Anolis sagrei, is a native Caribbean lizard that was introduced to Florida in the 1950s. It has since become the most prominent lizard in Florida. The brown anole is a relatively harmless lizard. It is not venomous, but it will bite when threatened. It eats crickets, meal worms, fli
There are countless flying-insect sprays on the market that make unsubstantiated claims about their degree of effectiveness. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works in conjunction with other government entities. Among its objectives is to make insect-spray manufacturers truthfully identify
Daylilies are popular landscape perennials. They range from short and compact to tall mounds of grass-like foliage. Their bloom colors include red, white, yellow, peach, purple, and nearly black to a mix of these shades. Daylilies are also drought tolerant and hardy. Their toughness and fast spreadi
Japanese beetles are shiny green- and copper-colored garden pests initially imported to the United States accidentally in 1916. Found east of the Mississippi River from Georgia to Maine, these heavy feeders are known to attack over 300 varieties of both ornamental and edible plants, feeding on folia
Beans are lush vegetable plants that thrive in home gardens as bushes and vines. These sensitive summertime plants grow only in warm temperatures, and need the right light, nutrition and moisture to grow and produce good harvests. Plant your beans in the right season and location, and maintain them
Save money and energy by cutting your own firewood. Beech tree wood is heavy and hard, and the tree's smooth trunk aids cutting. Beech tree wood burns cleanly for several hours, giving off good heat and little smoke. If you're lucky enough to have fallen beech trees on your property, use those. Othe
Windmills have been used by mankind for centuries to generate work output for various purposes. From milling grain to pushing water to industrial uses to pumping water out of the ground, humans have become better and better at using the power of wind for their own devices. Most recently, people have
If you are a homeowner, you may be wondering about the advantages and disadvantages of a drainage system. Such systems help move water away from your house and yard. Because water is intercepted before it reaches your house, the drain is an underground gutter, which can keep your basement and other
Dwarf marigolds have always been a gardener's favorite for their compact size and colorful blooms. They are easy to grow and are a quick way to fill a garden or bedding area with color. Both bees and butterflies are attracted to the dwarf marigold's blooms. There are many different cultivars, but mo
Ficus leaves come in a wide variety of shapes, colors and sizes.Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty ImagesMany different species, from rubber trees to weeping fig, are members of the ficus genus. Such a wide variety of specimens produces many different kinds of ficus leaves. Some leaves are up...
Many species of ficus can grow as indoor plants. Most of these species can reach over 50 feet in height if allowed to grow unchecked. This is much too large for most homes or offices to accommodate comfortably. To keep your ficus' size in check, you must periodically prune its roots as they begin to
Flowering trees are widely used in gardens to add color and interest to landscapes and come in a wide range of flower-color choices. This includes a tree that has flowers that resemble buttercups. Though flowering trees are secondary in importance to shade trees ecologically, shade trees rarely matc