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    shade tolerant
  • (Shade tolerance) The ability to thrive in low light conditions. Most hardwoods are relatively shade tolerant. Most pines are not.

  • (Shade Tolerance) This is how well a turf works in shaded areas. Some grass types have a better ability to work in areas that get more shade.

  • In ecology, shade tolerance is a plant's abilities to tolerate low light levels. The term is also used in horticulture and landscaping, although in this context its use is sometimes sloppy, especially with respect to labeling of plants for sale in nurseries.

    house plants
  • A houseplant is a plant that is grown indoors in places such as residences and offices. Houseplants are commonly grown for decorative purposes, positive psychological effects, or health reasons such as indoor air purification.

  • Plants grown in indoor planters or decorative planters inside the house.

  • can be accented by aiming an uplight can at the wall behind the plant, creating a dramatic silhouette of the plant against the wall.

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The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual: Essential Gardening Know-How for Keeping (Not Killing) More Than 160 Indoor Plants

The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual: Essential Gardening Know-How for Keeping  (Not Killing) More Than 160 Indoor Plants

Welcome to a whole new world of houseplants -- and a whole new generation of plant lovers ready to embrace the joy of indoor gardening! For the nearly 50 percent of U.S. households who spend six billion dollars every year on indoor plants to decorate, purify the air, and generally boost the spirits, The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual provides practical, hands-on advice for how to care for 160 beautiful houseplants, including many new selections that have entered the retail market in the last ten years.

For new indoor gardeners, Pleasant offers basic information on how to identify their plants, as well as where to place them and how to keep them healthy. In-depth plant profiles provide troubleshooting guidelines to quickly identify symptoms, causes, and remedies to common problems for each species. Information about how to repot, propagate, and display each plant, as well as advice on the very best varieties, makes this an indispensable reference for every houseplant lover.

A more general “Guide to Houseplant Care” addresses every aspect of plant care in an A-to-Z format, from choosing the proper containers and soil mixtures, to coping with pests and diseases, as well as watering, pruning, and staking. With The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual, no green thumb is required to be successful at keeping, not killing, indoor plants.

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The Beth Chatto Gardens - Almost a Final Pond Look!

The Beth Chatto Gardens - Almost a Final Pond Look!

One of the greats of British gardening, Beth Chatto OBE has entered the realm of national treasuredom. Plants-woman, designer, author, 10-time gold-medal winner at Chelsea, holder of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Victoria Medal of Honour and, of course, the owner of the celebrated Beth Chatto Gardens at Elmstead Market, near Colchester, in Essex - her horticultural skills seem boundless. With the concept of “right plant, right place” – in other words, put a plant in conditions close to its natural habitat and it will thrive without help – running as a thread throughout her career, she has inspired a generation of gardeners to take their lead from nature.

The garden has been the inspiration for many of her influential books, including The Dry Garden (1978), The Damp Garden (1992) and Beth Chatto’s Gravel Garden (2000). It was created on land that was previously part of a fruit farm, owned by her late husband, Andrew, 14 years her senior, whom she married in 1943. “We met during the war,” she says. “I was a schoolgirl of about 17, considering going to college.”

A scholarly man, who died in 1999 after suffering from emphysema for 25 years, Andrew devoted much of his life to research into plant habitats. Chatto says it was he who inspired her interest in gardening and refers to him frequently, modestly deferring to his superior knowledge. “He’s such an important influence in my life,” she says. “My parents were keen, but they had a conventional garden, using mostly cultivars.”

The couple lived initially in his parents’ in Colchester, but in the late 1950s moved to a modernist house they’d built on the edge of the farm – where Chatto still lives today. Even inside, the garden is a constant presence. Large windows frame views and vignettes of the planting on every side and invite a tapestry of textures, colours and shapes into the house.

Chatto credits her husband almost entirely for her success. “My two daughters were teenagers before I began to think about making a business,” she says. “Andrew had looked after us and given me the security and freedom to experiment.” Her husband’s failing health and the trials of running a fruit farm concentrated her mind on developing the garden commercially, though what we see today took time to emerge.

“For the first seven or eight years, much of the land was a wilderness,” she recalls. Yet there were assets, too, not least a rare natural water source in the drought-prone east of Essex, where rainfall can be as little as 20in a year. “There were a few fine 300-year-old oaks and a spring-fed ditch ran through the hollow.” Today, the ornamental gardens cover about five acres; a further 10 are occupied by the nursery, which opened in 1967, and working areas.

Finding water was not the only challenge. “There was land that was so dry, the native weeds curled up and died. That eventually became my gravel garden,” she says. This she created in 1991, on the site of a car park. Apart from watering in the young, drought-tolerant plants during the first year, she has never artificially irrigated it.

Chatto has a knack for turning problem areas into an asset, and there are several distinct areas in the garden, each requiring a different approach. The large water gardens are dominated by a series of ponds surrounded by bog plants and swathes of lush grass. A long, shady walk runs parallel to one of the boundaries. Here, shade-tolerant planting – including ferns, tiarella and pulmonaria – carpet the ground beneath oaks and other specimen trees added by Chatto. By contrast, the gravel area is a mass of sun-loving perennials, with asters, rudbeckias and sedums glowing through hazy grasses.

The garden may have started out to give pleasure to a family, but it has developed into a self-contained horticultural powerhouse, attracting visitors from all over the world – about 40,000 a year. “It’s like sowing an acorn, which is my symbol,” says Chatto. “I have an acorn and an oak tree on a weather vane, which was a wonderful present from my staff.” Incredibly, it is tended by only one full-time and four part-time gardeners and volunteers – many of whom are foreign students. Chatto remains resolutely hands-on and is keen to pass on the knowledge she has gained through experience.

Chatto uses grasses brilliantly, and was doing so long before it became fashionable. She creates seemingly effortless but thoroughly satisfying combinations. Therein lies her genius – there may be others out there with an equal understanding of plants, but nobody else has her eye. Shape, scale, proportion, texture, colour – all are balanced with the skill of a plate-spinner.

She also factors in horticultural considerations – how big a plant will get, how fast or slowly it will grow, what conditions it needs to thrive and how it is maintained. The result is a garden that works on every level – practical, horticultural and aesthetic – with layer upon layer of carefully placed plants, as enticing asmillef

Tropilis aemula (Dendrobium aemulum) - Ironbark Orchid,White Feather Orchid

Tropilis aemula (Dendrobium aemulum) - Ironbark Orchid,White Feather Orchid

Family : Orchidaceae

Common name White Feather Orchid.

"Tropilis aemula (Syn-Dendrobium aemulum) is a common species with up to five different shapes although one of these has been given species status with the two that grow on iron bark and brush box trees the most common to this area. The iron bark form is perhaps the most common around the Hunter area favouring the grey ironbark (Eucalyptus paniculata) and to a lesser extent the broad leaved ironbark (Eucalyptus fibrosa) formerly named (Eucalyptus siderophloia)

This is the only orchid besides Cymbidiums that prefers to grow on Eucalyptus trees, this is more likely due to the Eucalyptus trees habit of shedding its bark than any other reason but the iron bark with its solid and very rough bark allows the roots of Dendrobium aemulum to penetrate deep into the bark hollows to find nutrient and moisture. Range of habitat for the iron bark form is from the south coast of N.S.W. to S.E.Queensland and it is a plant of the open dry sclerophyll forest where it will withstand extremes of temperature ranging from 40 degrees down to minus 5 Celsius.

Growing high up on the tree it favours the main lateral limbs but also often grows into large clumps on the main trunk. It is easily recognized by its short thick pseudo bulbs. The brush box form favours the brush tree (Lophostemon confertus) formerly(Tristania conferta ) also can be found to a much lesser extent on coachwood (Ceratopetalum apetalum?), water gums (Tristana laurina) and forest oaks (Casuarina torulosa). This form has longer pseudo bulbs and lives in a more moist situation than the iron bark type but otherwise is very similar. Found in an area from South Queensland to below the Hunter river in N.S.W it favours the rainforests and the more sheltered areas while another form which extends further up to N.Queensland also likes the rainforests where it can be found in the more wet areas and prefers smaller trees such as the scrub myrtle (Backhousia myrtifolia) these have stouter pseudo bulbs.

Two other forms can be found in N.Q. on the Atherton Tablelands, one with very slender stems with its host trees the Cyprus pines (Callitris macleayanus ) these have fewer flowers than the others but otherwise are similar and although having seen them growing on the Callitris trees trees but have not seen them in flower . I have been told the flowers are a greenish colour. This form has been given species status and is now known as Dendrobium callitrophyllum . The other one prefers the Casuarina trees and grows in the more open forest of the western side of the tablelands, it also is very similar but with stouter pseudo bulbs and is much more common. I have been fortunate to have seen all these forms in their native state. While both the iron bark and the brush box type are prolific colonizers and are still reasonably common there numbers have decreased greatly due to both there host trees being highly prized by building and transport industries for there hardwood and as the mature trees are logged with the large plants of Dendrobium aemulum on them destroyed it leaves no way for seed to be produced by these older plants and scattered to other trees to reproduce the life cycle.

This is one of the first Dendrobiums to flower sometimes as early as July with white feathery flowers that turn pink with age and being one of the easier Dendrobiums to grow most growers should have little trouble growing this orchid remembering that the iron bark form is not as tolerant to humid conditions as the brush box type. Both can be grown either in pots with a very coarse mix to allow the roots to dry out between watering or on slabs such as tree fern fibre or cork where they should be fixed firmly to there host with care not to damage the root growths when removing from there original host and replacing on the new one. They should then be placed in a cool shady high position in the shade house to get acclimatized and grow there new roots. They could be kept a little dry at first to encourage root growth. As with most orchids good ventilation is a must to avoid fungal infection."

Note : Information above was copied from an unknown internet source. Unfortunately I have been unable to relocate the source of the information. Any assistance appreciated.

shade tolerant house plants

shade tolerant house plants

15 Bamboo palm Seeds for HOUSE PLANTS

The Bamboo Palm or Reed Palm is a relatively small graceful palm that grows to about 7 to 10 feet. Each stem is long and slender with "nodes" very similar in appearance to Bamboo. This palm naturally spreads by suckers or offshoots also similar to Bamboo. The stems are tall and have about 10-15 fronds each with about 12 dark green pinnate leaflets. As the old fronds die, these should be trimmed off and the leaf bases or sheath allowed to dry out. Later these should be removed as this promotes good plant hygiene and exposes the attractive light green "bamboo stem". Although the Bamboo Palm is mostly used indoors as it prefers shade, it can withstand higher light and will produce flowers and fruit in these environments.

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