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Below are some terms we tend to use when assisting customers chose plants for their gardens. We've supplied definitions so you will know what we are talking about.

  • Annual a plant that completes its life cycle in a growing season. Seed -> bloom -> seed -> death. (Example: marigolds)

  • Biennial a plant that has only vegetative growth the first year; then blooms, set seeds, then dies the second year. (Example: foxgloves)

  • Perennial a plant whose bloom cycle doesn't signal the last year of its life. A simpler definition is a plant that tends to live year after year (with dormant periods). We loosely use the term "perennial" to identify a plant that will live year after year in our climate. (Example: Clematis)

  • Tropical Plants that will live year after year in climates without frosts or freezes. Tropicals can be kept for many years by bringing them indoors for the winter. (Example: Night blooming jasmine

  • Tender Perennial (Half-hardy or Borderline Hardy) Plants that may withstand some freeze/frost but not usually totally hardy here. (Example: Cannas)

  • Full Sun 6 hours or more of direct sunlight.

  • Part Sun (same as Part Shade) Less than 6 hours but more than 2 hours of direct sunlight.

  • Dapple Sun spotted sun pattern created by trees/shrubs with a sparse canopy.

  • Bright Shade Shade such as that cast by the side of a house or fence; no over-head shade; receives reflected light.

  • Dark Shade Shade from dense foliage, porch, awning, or deck. Over-head shade; no light reflected in.

Gardening Wisdom #8, 4/6/2008 © Hilltop Farm

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