Did you know that some trees (such as alder, poplar, willow, ash and the dawn redwood) can “hold their breath” when the ground in which they grow is flooded? Or that others, such as the silver lime (Tilia tomentosa), have evolved ingenious ways of conserving their water supply when confronted with extreme heat and drought, including covering their leaves with a layer of fine hairs to keep them cool in sunny weather?
Similarly, would it surprise you to learn that some trees, including evergreen species such as yew, holly and box, are far more shade-tolerant than others? This useful characteristic allows them to grow in the shady understorey beneath taller deciduous species by concentrating their growth during times of year when those deciduous trees aren’t in leaf. Other species can modify their growth according to how much light their branches receive, thus maximising their ability to harvest solar energy wherever they can. The thickness of the waxy cuticle on a beech tree’s leaves, for example, will vary greatly depending on whether those leaves are growing in deep shade (thin) or full sun (thick), while the branches growing in shade will also be elongated, and with a much more sparse leaf canopy.
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Did you also know that some pioneering tree species have a magical ability to convert nitrogen in the atmosphere into a more accessible form, allowing them to grow in very harsh terrain? Examples include the black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia); sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides); and Russian olive (Eleagnus angustifolia). Tree species also vary in their ability to tolerate air, soil and light pollution, all of which can increasingly
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Fall is a great time for garden chores. This is the time to clean up before winter, protect vulnerable plants, and wind down the growing season. This isn’t the right time for all tasks, though. Know what to do with your garden in the fall and what not to do — for instance, what plants should not be cut back in the fall — to best prepare it for next year.
Explore the aromatic world of mint with these 11 Fragrant Mint Varieties for Herb Garden. Each mint type boasts a unique scent, from refreshing peppermint to chocolatey notes and citrusy hints. Learn how to cultivate these delightful herbs and elevate your culinary creations.
Why do plants get sick? The simple answer is for lots of reasons, many of them similar to the reasons why we humans do. Take, for example, poor diet. Just as it’s one of the root causes of disease, poor growth and reduced life expectancy in humans, so it is with plants.
Have you always longed to make wine from tasty sun-warmed grapes gathered from your own backyard? While I live in the ideal wine-growing region (USDA Zone 9b) near the well-known Napa Valley, you’ll be amazed to learn that backyard viticulture is entirely possible anywhere within USDA Zones 4 through 10. Growing wine grapes isn’t hard, but there are a number of key requirements that guarantee success, beginning with growing the wine you love! If you adore a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon at the end of the day, plant Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. When Chardonnay is your preference, you’ll need to grow grapes that produce a full-bodied Chardonnay. The following are some viticulture tips for planning and planting your own personal vineyard.
Thanksgiving decor is sometimes lost between Halloween season and the glittery festivities of the holidays, yet the season of gathering is an opportunity to create a warm, cozy tablescape full of rich, autumnal colors.
If you’re in search of easy-growing, yet visually stunning blooms, these White and Purple Calla Lily Varieties are your best fit. Not only do they bring a unique blend of sophistication and vibrancy, but thrive with minimal fuss too. Pick the best for your garden!
Even the smallest garden benefits from including at least one tree – if chosen well, they provide year-round colour and interest, benefit wildlife and can make a small garden seem bigger. There’s a host of beautiful trees that can be grown in a small garden, and some that will thrive in a container. Here, we share some of our favourite trees for small gardens. There are options to suit every garden style and trees that will provide fabulous autumn foliage, beautiful spring blossom and delicious fruit for you or vibrant berries for the birds. Our choices include recommendations from the Gardeners’ World team and familiar faces from across the gardening industry.
With winter rapidly approaching, it’s time to give lawns some final TLC, helping them to recover from the challenging summer months of warm weather and heavy footfall, and to prepare for the colder months to come.
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