Not truly strangling the tree upon which it first sprouted, the strangler fig (Ficus aurea) simply uses its & 34;host& 34; plant for support. Strangler fig trees become large tropical shade trees with good resilience to tropical windstorms. A large landscape is needed so the fast-growing tree& 39;s branches and roots do not cause crowding.
& 34;calendula& 34; is Copyrighted by Flickr user: Flowery *L*u*z*a* (Luz A. Villa) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is known by a variety of common names such as marigold, pot marigold, goldbloom and golds. It tolerates many growing conditions and has adapted to most parts of the world.
Keep the zoysia sod watered deeply to help the roots become established. Do not allow it to dry out.Zoysia grasses are popular for home lawns as well as for commercial plantings and golf courses. Although it is a physically demanding job, the quickest way to achieve a luxuriously thick and green zoysia lawn is to install it as sod.
Stevia is a natural herb that is 30 to 40 times sweeter than table sugar. Stevia leaves can be used fresh by dropping a leaf into a container of lemonade or cup of tea, but drying stevia leaves allows you keep your harvest for later use. While you can harvest leaves any time, to get the most sweetness from your plant, & 34;SteviaNet,& 34; an online resource from Body Ecology that provides information on stevia growing, recommends harvesting when temperatures begin to cool off and days become shorter, as this is when the active ingredient in stevia, & 34;stevioside,& 34; tends to peak.
The crimson sweet watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) has a thick rind with alternating dark green and light green stripes. Crimson sweet watermelons weigh as much as 25 pounds and grow to 12 inches long. With a relatively short maturity date of 85 days, it is considered a good choice for most gardens in the United States.
Ornamental grass image by Richard Seeney from Fotolia.comOrnamental grasses are durable, versatile and exhibit attractive color, which is why they are used indoors as container plants. With a little knowledge of grass care, almost anyone can grow ornamental grass indoors for a visually soothing and calming effect.
Praweena/iStock/Getty ImagesThe castor bean plant (Ricinus communes) walks a fine line between landscape-acceptable ornamental and highly toxic weed. In U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11, it grows as a perennial, but with the fast growth rate it works well as an annual in frost-prone areas.
Schmetterlinge 3 image by Markus HaselbÃ¶ck from Fotolia.comEchinacea, also known as a coneflower, is a beautiful ornamental flower that attracts butterflies and birds. As a plant, it is also sought for its medicinal uses, which, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, range from boosting the immune system and fighting the common cold, to soothing sore throats as a tea.
Avenue of poplar trees image by david hughes from Fotolia.comPoplar, known botanically as Populus, is a species of fast-growing trees with more than a dozen cultivars and hybrids including Aspen trees. Many cultivars reach up to 100 feet in height at maturity with foliage that is roughly spade or maple leaf-shaped with lightly to deeply toothed margins.
Vegetable tray image by cherie from Fotolia.comThere are many vegetables that can grow in Alabama, but some cultivators are a little easier to grow than others and can be planted twice during the year. The type of cultivar, time it takes to mature and planting dates will help determine what plants you can grow for a successful harvest.
In most climates, June is generally when the great weather begins. Mulch your crops and flowers to hold the moisture in the soil during the hot weather and reduce the growth of weeds.CompostingNow is a good time to start your compost pile. Add garden, yard and certain household wastes to the pile. The warmer weather will help breakdown the compost quicker than in the winter.
Pruning thornless blackberries (Rubus spp.) increases production and improves plant health. Pruning your blackberry plants makes it easier to pick the fruit, even in thornless varieties. Blackberries have perennial roots, so they come back each year in in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 9 but each cane grows for two years and then dies.
Dogwood tree flowers image by Jorge Moro from Fotolia.comDogwood is a species of deciduous flowering tree well known for its shallow spreading root systems and sensitivity to fertilizer and soil moisture. Feed trees two years and older twice per year with organic fertilizer or soil amendments or a synthetic slow release fertilizer formulation that will be gentle on the tree and root system.
Fresh fig image by .shock from Fotolia.comFigs are popular for both their sweet fruit and beauty, and gardeners everywhere can enjoy them by planting them in containers. Since they are normally hardy only in USDA zones 5 and 6, where temperatures don& 39;t drop below 10 degrees F, fig trees must be brought indoors or sheltered during cooler weather.
How to Make Tabby Walls. You can resurrect this method of creating small garden walls by following this traditional recipe.Burn a few dry oak logs down to ash.Add to the hot embers some oyster shells that have been bleached in the sun.Burn the oyster shells down to ash. This mixture of oak and oyster shell ashes makes an old-fashioned form of lime, the binding agent in cement.
Elephant ears image by robert mobley from Fotolia.comElephant ear plants are native to tropical Asia and derived their name from their huge, 2-foot-wide, 3-foot-long, heart-shaped leaves. Northern Texas gardeners can plant theirs in morning sun with afternoon shade.Ready the planting area by digging into the soil to a depth of 12 inches.
The Ohio buckeye is a slow-growing tree that produces a brown, nut-like fruit. Because the fruit is said to resemble a deer’s eye, it was named ‘buckeye,’ with the tree called the buckeye tree. Carrying a buckeye is thought to bring good luck, and the tree has become both the official tree of Ohio, and the mascot for Ohio State University.
Ancient cedar tree image by PHOTOFLY from Fotolia.comCedar trees are often confused with other trees, especially junipers, but true cedars (Cedrus) are native to the mountains around the Mediterranean and in western Himalaya. There are four species of true cedar trees; three of which have cultivated varieties.
Flower gardens give a landscape color and beauty throughout the spring, summer and fall. Common flowers give a garden a homey feeling.Common SunflowerCommon sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are popular annuals grown in many gardens. They produce large, showy flowers from midsummer to midfall. Sunflowers often reach eight feet in height and need staking to provide support to stay upright.
Ivy image by Sean Gladwell from Fotolia.comOriginally from South Africa, Swedish ivy is a small, herbaceous perennial that is now frequently grown as a houseplant in the United States. The plant is often grown outdoors in the summer and brought indoors during cooler temperatures.DescriptionThe leaves of Swedish ivy are rounded and range from 2 to 4 inches across.
Orange tree image by Svetlana Tikhonova from Fotolia.comGrafting is the process of merging a young, fruit-bearing limb to an older, established fruit tree for the purposes of reinvigorating the older tree. With regard to citrus, any type of citrus fruit can be added onto any other tree, such as an orange to a lemon tree.