A Directory of plants we have in our gardens or plants we might like to plant one day.
As our blog is still very new (we started it in January 2011) it will take some time for us to enter all “our” plants into this directory. To date we have entered some plants under each of the headings annuals, biennials, bulbs, perennials, shrubs, trees, creepers, vegetables and herbs. We will keep updating this message informing you, our reader, of which categories we have added plants to, so you don’t waste time clicking links which have nothing in them yet. Happy reading, and we would love you to share “your” plants with us!
A work in progress …
An annual plant is a plant that usually germinates, flowers, and dies in a year or season. True annuals will only live longer than a year if they are prevented from setting seed. Some seedless plants can also be considered annuals even though they do not grow a flower. In gardening, annual often refers to a plant grown outdoors in the spring and summer and surviving [...]
A biennial plant is a flowering plant that takes two years to complete its biological lifecycle. In the first year the plant grows leaves, stems, and roots, then it enters a period of dormancy over the colder months. Many biennials require a cold treatment, or vernalization, before they will flower. During the next spring or summer, the stem of the biennial plant [...]
A bulb is a short stem with fleshy leaves or leaf bases. The leaves often function as food storage organs during dormancy. A bulb’s leaf bases generally do not support leaves, but contain food reserves to enable the plant to survive adverse conditions. The leaf bases may resemble scales, or they may overlap and surround the center of the bulb as with the onion. A [...]
Creepers, climbers or vines / A climbing habit has evolved independently in several plant families, using many different climbing methods. Some plants climb by twining their stems around a support (morning glories), others climb by way of clinging roots (ivy), with twining petioles (Clematis), or using tendrils, which can be specialized shoots, leaves or even [...]
An herb is a plant that is valued for flavor, scent, medicinal or other qualities. Herbs have a variety of uses including culinary, medicinal, or in some cases even spiritual usage. General usage differs between culinary herbs and medicinal herbs. In medicinal or spiritual use any of the parts of the plant might be considered “herbs”, including leaves, roots, [...]
A perennial plant is a plant that lives for more than two years. The term is often used to differentiate a plant from shorter lived annuals and biennials. When used by gardeners, perennial applies specifically to winter hardy herbaceous plants. Perennials, especially small flowering plants, grow and bloom over the spring and summer and then die back every autumn and [...]
A shrub or bush is distinguished from a tree by its multiple stems and shorter height, usually under 5–6 m tall. A large number of plants can be either shrubs or trees, depending on the growing conditions they experience. Small, low shrubs such as lavender, periwinkle and thyme are often termed subshrubs. Shrubs in common garden practice are generally broad-leaved [...]
A tree is a perennial woody plant. It is most often defined as a woody plant that has many secondary branches supported clear of the ground on a single main stem or trunk with clear apical dominance. A minimum height specification at maturity varies from 3 m to 6 m and a minimum of 10 cm trunk diameter (30 cm girth). (Woody plants that do not meet these definitions [...]
The noun vegetable usually means an edible plant or part of a plant other than a sweet fruit or seed. This typically means the leaf, stem, or root of a plant. The list of food items called “vegetable” is quite long, and includes many different parts of plants. As an adjective, the word vegetable is used in scientific and technical contexts with a different and [...]