Trees & Houseplants : Home & Garden
Landscape timbers have a multitude of gardening uses, but veteran backyard gardeners know how handy they are for creating a planter box to fill a gap in your landscaping. They can look rustic and can be the perfect place from which to perch a big display of impatiens or, if placed in the shade, a gr
The viburnum family contains more than 150 species and cultivars. Most are small trees or shrubs and many are North American or Asian natives. Viburnums grow in a range of shapes, sizes, colors and forms, from 2-foot-tall deciduous shrubs to 20-foot-tall evergreen trees. Though each species or culti
Organic pollutants from a variety of sources may affect a soil's quality.Jacqueline Veissid/Stockbyte/Getty ImagesOrganic pollutants are compounds made with carbon that adversely affect the environment when they come in contact with soil. Not all organic compounds are pollutants. Organic...
A miniature orange tree, or calamondin orange, is actually a cross between a kumquat and a tangerine. Calamondin oranges produce star-shaped, white flowers and fruit that's only 1 or 2 inches in diameter. Both the flower and the fruit start appearing on the tree when it's two years old. Miniature or
When it comes to designing and planning the landscaping around your home one type of plant which is often forgotten about is flowering bushes. While a flowering bush may not be in bloom repeatedly throughout the growing season, it can enhance the color of your landscaping when it flowers, show off u
Fresh, unprocessed vegetables provide nutrient-rich materials for your diet.vegetable image by Allyson Ricketts from Fotolia.comVegetables make up an essential part of a healthy daily diet. Vegetables provide natural nutrients that provide needed materials for normal, everyday bodily...
A money tree is a versatile plant native to Central and South America. The tree has several varieties of differing heights. Some money trees grow no larger than 5 feet high, while others can reach upwards of 60 feet. In the United States, the trees are usually grown indoors, because the winter tempe
To determine whether geraniums are truly annual flowers, it must first be decided what exactly is meant by the name "geranium." The term is commonly used for the species of two related but decidedly different genera. True geraniums are perennial plants, but pelargoniums are annuals --- and the two a
Honeysuckle plants (Lonicera spp.) encompass a variety of perennial plants. These shrubs and vines are both evergreen and deciduous. Honeysuckles keep their leaves all year-round in warm climates, while loosing their leaves in climates with freezing temperatures. There are more than 150 varieties of
An annual is a plant that lives for only one year. Thus, an annual's flowers germinate and blossom for just one year as well. Such plants have the ability to return only if their seeds fall to the ground during the growing season. When you encounter an unknown plant species, you can identify it by t
Crabapple trees, with their beautiful spring blossoms and pleasing fragrance, are a popular landscaping choice. Insects pests and diseases can affest all varieties of crabapple trees. While most pests are not fatal to the tree, some diseases can be. Watch carefully for the signs of a...
Houseplants are a beautiful way to enhance your indoor environment. Given proper light, warmth and watering, their leaves will be glossy and healthy. If your spider plant is turning brown, or your prayer plant's leaves are developing curly brown edges, don't panic. Chances are good that you can reve
An arrangement of flowers can lend color, fragrance, shape and style to any environment or occasion. Most flower arrangements include several components: fresh flowers, assorted greenery, fillers such as babies' breath, branches such as curly willow and artificial birds and butterflies as embellishm
Cleaning with lemons is a trick housewives have been using for decades. The acidity in the lemon makes it an ideal cleaning agent and the aroma it leaves behind can be much more pleasant than store-bought cleaning solutions. Knowing what you can clean with lemons will get you started in switching ou
Watermelons are high in water content, hence the name, so you must find a way to keep in as much moisture as possible when these seeds are growing. Laying down grass clippings is an easy way to do this; it is also inexpensive and enables your cut grass to go to use.
The upright trunks of the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) grace the forests of the Eastern United States, in an area east of the Mississippi River and south of the Great Lakes. The tulip tree is also regionally called tulip poplar or yellow poplar. The reference to tulip centers on both the sha