Trees & Houseplants : Home & Garden
The hyacinth bean (Dolichos lablab) is an attractive vine that climbs around posts or pillars and twines around trellises and fences to add natural color to the landscape. Also called Chinese flowering vine, Egyptian Pharaoh, shink and wild field, the ornamental vine grows 20 to 25 feet long in a si
The New Jersey pine barrens are home to thousands of plant and animal species.pine barrens lake image by ryasick from Fotolia.comThe New Jersey Pine Barrens cover approximately 1.1 million acres, according to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission. This includes seven counties and 56...
Using Clorox brand bleach to kill ants is a home remedy that some believe is effective. While Clorox can be used as part of a larger plan to get rid of ants, it should not be the only thing used. When used correctly, Clorox can clean and disinfect your home. When used incorrectly, it can be poisonou
Azaleas are perennials you can grow indoors or outdoors. They bloom in the spring and summer outdoors, but indoor blooming times vary due to greenhouse propagation. Azaleas have dark green foliage and form buds for blooming when kept at the right temperature and given the right amounts of light and
Pear blooms are sometimes followed by small tan fruits that birds enjoy.pear blossoms image by Ales Masner from Fotolia.comOrnamental pears offer a flurry of snow-white spring blossoms followed by green summer leaves then blazing fall foliage of yellow, orange, red, crimson or purple. For...
Asters are a flowering plant genus that derive their name from the Greek word "aster," which means star. They're strong and dependable plants that do well in dry regions. Although some aster varieties bloom in spring and summer, others produce flowers in fall, when many other garden flowers are spen
Growing sweet lavender is rewarding because not only is it fragrant, but it can also be used in a number of ways to create beautiful smelling crafts to keep in your home. The flowers of lavender plants are also appealing and easy to grow and maintain. Sweet lavender is known to have the greenest lea
Plants normally reproduce through seeds, spores or reproductive growths such as rhizomes or tubers. However, artificial propagation may present a number of advantages under certain circumstances.
Cassava (Manihot esculenta), also called yucca, manioc and tapioca, is an edible white to yellow tuber that is widely grown in tropical areas of the world. More than 300 million people depend on cassava as a main source of calories. It grows best in a savanna climate; growers can produce a crop in e
The zones in the USDA Hardiness Zone system are grouped according to their lowest average winter temperatures; plants that can withstand that temperature will typically thrive in that zone. To put it another way, areas in Hardiness Zone 3 rarely see temperatures below -40 degrees Fahrenheit, so Hard
Spectracide Lawn Weed Killer is a popular herbicide for grass yards. As with many other herbicides, Spectracide must first be mixed and diluted with water before it can be applied to the lawn. A high concentration of herbicide can potentially damage some types of soil or grass, while a low concentra
Daisies are epigynous and actinomorphic.daisies image by timur1970 from Fotolia.comBotanists have classified between 230,000 and 270,000 different species of flowers. With such diversity, a flower cannot be identified by color alone. A species form or shape is another important indicator,...
Tomatoes are one of the most popular home garden vegetables, both for their ease of growth and for their excellent flavor, usually far better than store-bought fruit. Yes, the tomato is a fruit, though not the type usually found in pies. It asks little beyond warmth and well-drained soil, though a b
Yarrow, also known as Achillea, is a perennial flower that comes in a range of colors, from yellow to pink, red and white. The plants grow from 2 to 4 feet in height and make good cut and dried flowers, according to the National Gardening Association. Varieties of yarrow are hardy in U.S. Department
Japanese maple trees can be grown in miniature forms, either as a potted bonsai tree or in a dwarfed form in the garden. Miniature Japanese maple trees are susceptible to a number of problems that cause the tree to become weak; serious problems can prove to be fatal for the miniature tree.
Proper pruning of roses improves the chances of having a healthier bush with more abundant blooms. There are some simple steps when choosing where to prune your rose after the blooms are spent. Here are the basics.
The properly located plum tree produces large quantities of soft and sweet fruit ready for eating fresh or preserving. Plum trees make an impressive display of flowers in the spring. The poorly located tree, however, struggles to grow and blossom and fails to set fruit. Pests will weaken it until yo
While moles are often portrayed as cute, furry animals in cartoons and children's literature, anyone who has ever found one of these vermin digging holes in her lawn or garden knows that they are anything but adorable. Before calling an exterminator or using a mole trap that will harm or even kill t
The river birch tree, Betula nigra L., is one of the many species of birch tree that adorn a wide swath of North America. It enjoys a moist, cool environment and frequently is found living adjacent to a body of water. A river birch with insects attached to the leaves is likely under attack from the