Rain gardens are a relatively new innovation for southern landscapes. They are designed to capture and absorb storm water run-off flowing across landscapes.
Plants are classed according to their growth cycle as annuals, biennials or perennials. Annuals are short-lived plants that complete their entire life cycle within one growing season. Biennials normally do not bloom until the second season, form seeds and then die. Perennials live from year to year, with varying bloom times.
Butterfly populations can be greatly enhanced by devoting a portion of the landscape to butterfly habitat. In addition to their natural beauty, butterflies serve as valuable plant pollinators.
Unlike animals, which are free to roam about and seek mates, plants are rooted to one spot in the ground. Pollination allows plants to reproduce sexually with other plants over large areas. Over millions of years, plants developed a remarkable range of strategies to guarantee that the male and female parts of the flower get together to produce offspring, or seeds.
If you are a teacher or parent thinking of starting an edible garden at your school, you may be wondering where to begin. Where should the garden go? What crops should you grow? These are all important questions that need to be answered BEFORE you start digging.
Location, Location, Location. No, this is not about Real Estate. Planning and site selection are the most important steps in building a water garden. Poor planning causes many of the problems of installing and maintaining a water garden. Before you put a shovel in the ground know what you want to create.
Gardening in containers is a fascinating way of growing plants. It has expanded the horizons of gardening for homeowners and often has provided the only way to garden for apartment and condominium dwellers. Planting in containers has also provided a contemporary aspect to gardening. The use of unusual plants in unusual pots and containers provides interest and color to surroundings that were once considered drab and stereotyped.
For generations, long before there was a nursery industry, people planted and enjoyed wildflowers. They harvested seeds, cuttings and plants from the wild, experimented with various propagation techniques and incorporated their favorite plants into their landscapes. Many of these plants were valued not only for their ornamental qualities but also for their culinary or medicinal uses. Those that were proven performers and adapted well to domestication became “passalong” plants that were shared with friends, relatives and neighbors.
All information provided by the University of Georgia.