Green Giant Arborvita

Arborvitaes are a slow growing plant variety (generally less than 12 inches per year of new growth) .The Arborvitaes are hybrids so they are propagated by cuttings as they will not come back true from seed. One of the Arborvitae, the Green Giant, the Western Redcedar Tree, or botanically, the Thuja Plicata, is the favorite. Here is why:

The hardiness zone the Green Giant Arborvita tolerates is from zone 5 to zone 8. That’s where extreme cold temperatures get down to a temperate level of about 15 or 20 degrees in the winter (Zone 8), but also as low as a frigid level of 15 or 20 degrees below zero (zone 5). Continue Reading

Rain Forest Plants

Rain Forest Plants РRain forest plants thrive in the humid climate of a rain forest. A large number of rain forest plants are used for making a wide range of medicines. Some of the most popular rain forest plants include orchids, passion flower, ferns, bougainvillea,  bamboo, and banana plants.


Orchids are flowering rain forest plants, and insects are attracted to them due to their alluring colors and heavenly smell. Liana belongs to the category of vines that are found throughout the rain forests.

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Tree Schemes In The Winter Garden

The importance of trees in winter garden design can easily be overlooked. In summer they are part of the scene, making masses of leafy growth, but in winter, when the bare branches are revealed, they often have a majestic beauty.

Trees need to be looked after as much as small plants to give their best. The best trees have either colored stems or create wonderful silhouettes against the light. Mature trees might well need thinning at some stage if they are to be effective. Lopping off branches lets light get to the ground, where there are bulbs, and also makes sure that the tree has an open, striking outline. It is also important to make sure that any twiggy growth sprouting out of the base of the trunk is removed, giving a clean look.

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Choosing And Planting Trees For The Garden

Choosing And Planting Trees For The Garden – Trees can make or break a garden design. Too many of them, or unsuitable kinds, can rob the garden of light and the soil of food and moisture, making it impossible to grow anything else very well. A few well placed trees that are well chosen can give a garden distinction and provide a welcome summer shaded area. Large trees, such as oak, poplar, beech, willow, cedar, pine and fir, should only be chosen for larger gardens. You can, however, find some of these in a form that will be acceptable in a smaller garden. Continue Reading

Using A Scented Trees And Shrubs For Your Landscape

Using A Scented Trees And Shrubs For Your Landscape – Trees and shrubs can have many different forms, for example many conifers are conical, pyramidal, or powerfully vertical. Some are prostrate and spreading. To some degree these are scented and everyone is familiar with the scent of pine, but it is only if you rub or brush against the tree, which can be a prickly experience! Weeping trees have a very attractive romantic form and scented varieties include weeping Cercidiphyllum (Katsura Tree) Pendulum, which is quite spectacular. It has thrilling color in the fall and is scented like caramel. Also the weeping Silver Lime is an attractive choice for scented gardening. A shrub that looks like a small tree is Buddleja Alternifolia, and it has lovely flowers with the scent of honey in early summer. Continue Reading

The Best Indoor Trees

The Best Indoor Trees – Trees are great things to have in your yard. They clean the air, they give shade and privacy, they are great for climbing and they are beautiful to look at as well. While many trees are just too big to think about growing inside, there are many trees that make wonderful accents to the inside of your home. Here’s just a few: 

If you like more of a desert type tree then the Yucca is for you. They have thick woody stems and pointy leaves that come in a variety of blue to blue green colors and have yellow, cream or white tones to them too.

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