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Most widely found growing in the moist woodlands across the coastal plain of the American Southeast, the sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) also naturally inhabits the forests farther north. Creamy white, lemon-fragrant flowers grace branch tips in May and June, and are accentuated by the green
Switchgrass ("Panicum virgatum") is a variety of perennial grass that grows naturally in many areas of the United States. This native grass provides an abundant food source for wildlife and livestock. Switchgrass is beneficial in preventing soil erosion in areas where many groundcovers refuse to gro
The Texas-style potting method for African violets requires placing a bottom layer of gravel or perlite at the bottom of your African violet pots. Finish potting your African violets using potting soil designed for African violets. Place each pot in a saucer and water the violets from the bottom by
White water lily is a floating pond plant.water lily image by Darren Nickerson from Fotolia.comPlants are vital in a healthy pond as they filter toxins and provide habitats for fish and other wildlife. Three types of plants are associated with pond ecosystems: emergent plants have roots...
Pigeons are common in urban areas where food is plentiful.carrier pigeon, feral pigeon image by Lars Lachmann from Fotolia.comPigeons in large concentrations can be considered pests, especially in urban areas. Their droppings, feathers and presence in large numbers can be a problem for...
Avocado trees prefer warm tropical to subtropical climates and deal poorly with cold. These trees do well in frost-free areas. However, even avocado trees in subtropical climates are subject to a variety of diseases.
Citrus reticulate, commonly known as the tangerine tree, is a type of mandarin orange with glossy, deep green leaves, scented blooms, and, of course, sweet fruit. Tangerines are easier to peel, smaller, and often sweeter than ordinary oranges and can generally be grown from USDA zones 8 to 11, depen
Pines often see use as Christmas trees inside and outside of homes.Claudia Uribe/Photodisc/Getty ImagesAs the song goes, the sun never shines in the pines. That's because the needles stick around all year and normally produce thick, dense growth that sunlight cannot penetrate. Pines are...
Ficus elastica is also known as the rubber tree or Indian rubber tree and is a member of the Moraceae family. Ficus trees are often used as an indoor plant or outdoors as a screen or shade tree.
The red maple is also known by its scientific name Acer rubrum. This fast-growing tree reaches heights of 60 to 75 feet and is often placed in the home landscape. Red maples are susceptible to insect infestations that place it at risk of developing sooty mold, which is a black fungus that grows on t
Azalea bushes are compact flowering bushes that are part of the rhododendron family. Grow azaleas indoors or outdoors to add some bright blooms to your home or garden. Azaleas come in white, gold, orange, red, purple and lavender and can grow between 2 and 8 feet tall. Azaleas are easy to grow and m
Emerald Lustre Norway maple (Acer platanoides 'Emerald Lustre' ) is a popular Norway maple tree cultivar commonly grown for its large, spreading habit, which provides shade as well as colorful fall foliage.
The many species of tropical vines serve a range of purposes in the landscape. When grown as climbers, they can create privacy screens, block unwanted sights or sounds, create an outdoor room, or hide an unattractive wall or fence. Vines can block sunlight and produce shade. Some species can also be
Citrus trees bear lovely foliage and flowers throughout the growing season. The fruit they bear is also better quality than the purchased variety, since you tend and harvest it yourself. In general, citrus trees are not difficult to maintain even when they are wilting or infested with pests. These a
Real orchids are difficult to grow.Orchids image by Tuyen (2-n) from Fotolia.comOrchids are one of the most exotic and coveted ornamental flowers in the world. They symbolize love, beauty and strength. They live in habitats with mild climate, so it is very difficult to grow them in harsh...
Growing vegetables in containers provides control over soil contaminants and soil-borne pests, soil temperature and drainage. Growing fall vegetables in containers grants the added control over soil temperature, allowing the gardener to cultivate fall crops without regard to early frosts. Best of al
Fringe trees, depending upon the species, are native to the United States, China, Korea and Japan. The tree has been nicknamed old man's beard, because of its clusters of long, whisker-like blooms. The fringe tree can be either a shrub or a tree. Some varieties have fragrant blossoms and others do n
Mosses and ferns are among the most ancient of plants. Both love shade and moisture, produce no flowers and thrive in woodland areas or along the banks of streams. They reproduce through spores and make their own food using photosynthesis. Mosses, however, are more primitive. They evolved from algae
Growing tulips in gravel combines two different growing processes: hydroponics and bulb forcing. Hydroponics grows plants with no dirt, while bulb forcing grows flowers outside of the plant’s normal blooming season. Although forcing tulip bulbs in water involves gravel, the small rocks keep th
Tomatoes bound through outdoor gardens with their riotous growth, bushy foliage and bright fruit harvests, but require the right conditions to do so. Plant cherry tomatoes in appropriate outdoor garden sites for summer growing and blooming, and enjoy juicy harvests through the growing season. If you