Trees & Houseplants : Home & Garden
Blueberry and raspberry bushes grow in home gardens throughout the country and live for many years with the right care. These plants require similar planting sites, seasons and preparation and work well as garden neighbors. Plant the seedlings in the right season and with enough space for best succe
A slice of pie or cobbler made from freshly harvested peaches is one of the luxuries of an American summer. If you're fortunate enough to live in U.S. Department of Agriculture Hardiness Zones 5 through 8, a peach tree (Prunus persica) survives the winters and yields fruits anytime from May to Augus
Malanga, which is also called by the formal name of Xanthosoma spp., is an edible tuber that is similar to taro. The large, green leaves closely resemble that of the Elephant Ear plant and the two are often confused. Malanga plants are a tropical native of South America and can only be grown in the
The banana pepper is a warm season vegetable plant with similar growing characteristics to the common bell pepper. These peppers have a skinny, oblong shape and can either be pale yellow or orange in color. Banana peppers produce a sweet tasting fruit that you can eat raw or process into pickles.
Banana leaves are used as food wrappers in cooking. Though the leaves themselves are not edible, they protect the food inside from burning. Banana leaf wrappers impart a slight anise flavor to the foods they hold. Find banana leaves in Asian markets, but if fresh banana leaves are not available in y
Sweetly scented, perennial phlox (Phlox paniculata) blooms during July and August on plants that range in height from 12 to 36 inches or more. They prefer partial shade and rich, moist but well-drained soil. Give them plenty of room to breathe as they are susceptible to powdery mildew. Good air circ
Thundercloud plum treesplum tree in full bloom image by jacinda richman from Fotolia.comThundercloud plum is an ornamental plum tree notable for its red foliage, which emerges ruby-red, turning to a reddish purple. The tree blooms with small white flowers in the spring. An upright growing...
Cheatgrass is an invasive annual or winter annual grass. Tolerant of many soil types, temperatures and precipitation amounts, it grows in grazed or burned grasslands, pastures and cultivated land. Cheatgrass, also known as downy brome, promotes rapidly burning fires, which lead to soil erosion. Acc
The Sacramento Valley is home to a wide array of native flowering plantssingle wildflower image by JJAVA from Fotolia.comThe Sacramento Valley occupies the northern half of California's Central Valley, from the river delta in the south to the Siskiyou mountains in the north. Like much of...
The bleeding heart is a beautiful perennial woodland plant that gets its name from the lovely pillow-like heart shaped pendulous flowers that it produces in the spring. The plant's Latin name is Dicentra spectabilis. A shade-loving plant, the blooms come in white, pink, yellow and red. The type of f
The Asiatic or Asian persimmon tree (Diospyros kaki), also called Oriental or Japanese persimmon, is a persimmon species native to Asia. Growers have cultivated this tree for thousands of years in Korea, China and Japan, but it is a recent arrival to the United States, making its introduction during
Foxtail fern (Asparagus densiflorus Meyersii) is a member of the lily family and, thus, not a true fern at all. It has bushier stems than its cousin, the Sprengeri cultivar, though they are often confused. Mature foxtail ferns have extensive root systems and large tubers that can be divided to make
Sprouts, which appear during the first stage of plant growth after the seed splits, are prized by chefs and health food enthusiasts for their taste, crunchy texture and health benefits. Mung bean sprouts have long been a staple of Asian cuisine. Now, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, clover, onion, radish
The variety of bell pepper known as "Big Bertha" produces a dark green pepper; that turns shiny red when fully mature. Sturdy and visually appealing, it is often the preferred candidate for making stuffed peppers. These peppers have an unusually thick wall and they produce very few seeds. Profession
The consistently warm temperatures in Tennessee throughout the year provide a suitable habitat for the state's native plant and bird species. After migrating from the northern United States and Canada, most birds in Tennessee use the Volunteer State as their nesting grounds during the winter months.
Floriculture includes growing and marketing floral crops. This includes a range of plants fulfilling year-round demand, especially during holidays, special celebrations and events. Floriculture growers produce and market their plants to wholesalers, florists and retail outlets, making them readily a
The many varieties of crab apple trees, both wild and cultivated, can add beauty to a landscape. Crab apples typically are very attractive in the springtime when their flowers open, but many also have colorful foliage in the autumn. The additional benefit of attracting wildlife with...