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When composted vegetable matter is decomposed by micro-organisms it produces a dark brown, sweet-smelling, peat-like material which improves the soil and plant growth. Any vegetation can be composted. Earthworms and microbes break down the dead material, turning it into compost. When applied to the soil compost improves soil fertility, helps maintain soil structure, conserves moisture and enhances plant growth. The Difference...
Wood sage (Salvia nemorosa) cultivars can be a gardener's magnet attracting beneficial insects including bees and butterflies to their nectar-rich stands of flowers. Wood sage is a perennial plant that slots into gaps in a garden border or can be planted in drifts to produce stands of nectar-rich flowers in summer attractive to pollinators including bees and also butterflies. Wood...
If you were raised during the 1950s and Sixties, you must remember Ulmus americanus, the imperial deciduous tree of the Elm Family (Ulmaceae) that may have ruled your street. In those days, the quiet streets and avenues of many American and Canadian towns were lined, often on both sides, by these stately trees. They towered like colossal vases more than 100...
There's a broad cast of shrubs homeowners can use in designing their gardens and planting beds. What are these shrub types, and how can they best be utilized? Shrubs are the workhorses of the garden. Whether used alone or in groups or drifts, as accents or as part of a planting bed design, shrubs are garden plants that supply great...
Homeowners searching for a sturdy, reliable substitute for the out-of-favor Bradford Pear need look no farther than another Callery Pear hybrid - Cleveland Pear. Bradford Pears burst on the landscape scene hyped as the perfect fast-growing ornamental flowering pear, great for home or commercial landscape use. As their popularity spread, they were planted everywhere. There's no questioning their beauty -...
Hummingbird mint or giant hyssop is a favorite perennial for xeriscaping because of the beautiful flowers and drought-tolerant nature agastache has. Gardeners are always looking for long-lasting blooms, hardy plants that are easy to care for, and drought resistant plants that will help conserve water or survive in container plantings with ease. Agastache is a perennial that accomplishes all of...
The Forest Pansy Redbud tree excels in color and form for landscaping in a garden or as an undercover tree. A cultivar of the Eastern Redbud, the Forest Pansy (Cercis canadensis) is prized as a specimen tree, especially for landscaping for color and form. After being covered in small pink blooms in the spring, the leaves emerge the color of deep burgundy and...
The evergreen Lantana hybrid is a useful drought tolerant plant for any Mediterranean garden where it will flourish and bring colour for most of the year. There must be few Mediterranean gardens without a drought tolerant lantana hybrid, the most popular colourful perennial available at the garden centre. These colourful perennials are popular because they are easy to manage and...
Law enforcement officials report that strategically placed Cactus outside house windows is an excellent intruder deterrent. Criminologists who've made it their life's work to psychologically understand illicit individuals, have released reports stating that planting cactus under house windows deters potential home invaders. Criminals are notoriously cowardice and lazy, providing a deterrent can be all it takes to convince them to...
Small gardens can be a delight and can be used in a variety of ways. Here is advice about planning, planting, materials, features and low maintenance. Some houses, particularly in towns and cities, have very small gardens. This may be very attractive for owners as some people are not interested in gardening, or may have only a small amount of...

Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa): Growing Tips and Care

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If you love indoor plants, then you can be sure to like the lady palm. The plant can do well under certain conditions, therefore necessitating...