Talk to me about building a perennial garden from the ground up. I'm a fairly new gardener, and have recently bought a number of plants online. This worked well, because we have a small but complicated garden layout (in terms of sun/shade/water) and I can figure out specifics without getting overwhelmed. I also enjoy being present in a nursery to see the plants in person, but the good places are a fairly long drive away and weekend crowds can drive me insane. Given a list of desired plants, how do you go about buying them? What is the most cost effective way of doing this? [more inside]
Plant Identification Filter: All sources say "elephant ear plant", but we're not entirely sure that's it. [more inside]
could you help me identify these two species of plants I picked up? they were sold to me as hardy office plants: image. That’s an indoor bamboo on the top left but there’s two of the same species on the bottom left that I’d like to identify, and one on the bottom right. Thanks! [more inside]
Aside from mushrooms, are there any decorative houseplants I can grow in a dark and neglected apartment?
Does a dark and somewhat uninhabited apartment mean I can't have houseplants? [more inside]
I need to identify a plant to figure out if it is bird safe. Thanks! [more inside]
Recommendations for houseplants that are both cat-friendly and thrive in low-light. [more inside]
I am the temporary care-keeper of a Medinilla Magnifica (here's a decent description). And it's trying to die on me - even though it has bright (but not direct sunlight), enought watering (but not to moist) and a quite humid placement. Please assist me to resuscitate it again. [more inside]
Recommend some house plants! [more inside]
I was given a couple little plants. They're succulents or cacti. Can you tell me what they are? I took a picture. [more inside]
Wanted: recommendations for tall, indoor, cat-safe plants/trees. Superior, NASA-approved air-filtering and oxygen-producing properties are a plus. [more inside]
My cat is slowly killing my indoor banana tree by scratching the hell out of it. Now what? [more inside]
I'm being offered $100 to remove "Ornamental Grasses", any experience with the removal of plants would be greatly appreciated. I need the money, badly, I just have never done this kind of work before. [more inside]
What is this ornately-leafed vine we found in our yard? It was growing on the east side of our south-facing house, mostly shaded, slinking across the sidewalk rather than climbing the house. We are in central Indiana.
I'd like to hang a small screw-in type grow light (not a giant florescent tube) above my plants to help them out. Possible? [more inside]
Where can I buy/get/steal/harvest/whatever an actual Pandan plant in the Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena area? They're readily available in various supermarket freezers, but I'd like the real, live plant. [more inside]
Do you have a happy Ficus tree? Can you help me water mine? [more inside]
Help identify this cactus! [more inside]
What do you call this thorny plant I found growing outside the Smithsonian Castle in DC? My Google-fu fails me.
I'd like to get a small-to-medium-sized potted plant to liven up my dreary work cubicle. It won't receive any sunlight at all and will be exposed to 24 hours a day of pinkish fluorescent lighting and the glare of several computers and TV screens. The best it can hope for is fresh water and fertilizer/nutrient supplements as needed. Other than those boring and ubiquitous bamboo sticks, what else is there? Bonus points if it flowers or smells nice.
I want to add some plants to my deck and I'm looking for planters, or rather looking for industrial materials which might make good planters that can be bought for cheap. I spent hours on my Tandy looking through Google and Froogle, but can't seen to find anything appropriate. What I'm dreaming about would be any sort of tub or industrial looking trough or whatever which could be adapted to hold various plants. Metal and wood are the desired materials. If anyone has advice about where to go, how to look, or on specific materials that might make good planters, please post!
Plantfilter. And I mean that literally. I seek recommendations for my next potted plant, and I want one which can filter the air. More inside. [more inside]