Butterfly bush is a semievergreen to deciduous shrub that grows 6 to 10 feet tall and up to 10 feet wide. Its arching form and plethora of butterfly-attracting blooms make it an ideal landscape shrub. It blooms on the current season's growth, so regular cutting or pruning of the shrub helps to keep
Among the many methods of grafting available, the cleft graft is effective on both young and mature trees, and is often used to change fruit trees from one variety of fruit to another. Young trees can be grafted on the trunk, but most trees should have a cleft graft done on a branch no more than 2 1
Papaya is a naturalized exotic plant cultivated throughout Floridagreen papaya image by marcio branco from Fotolia.comExotic plants are ones not native to the areas where they are growing. There are two types of exotic plants growing in Florida: invasive and naturalized plants. Invasive...
Purslane, known botanically as Portulac oleracea, is a self-seeding, flowering annual that is often thought of as an invasive weed that grows in the cracks of your sidewalks or on the shoulder of roads. Today, purslane is often cultivated for use in salads and other raw and cooked dishes and treated
Cut flowers allow you to bring some of the beauty and fragrance of your garden indoors. Flowers with long, sturdy stems make the best cut flowers. Cut flowers can be annual, lasting only one year, or perennial. Some cut flowers have only one flower per stem, such as the daisy, or many flowers, like
Grasshoppers are commonly found throughout the United States and have a diet that consists of plants and grasses. Grasshoppers are commonly preyed upon by lizards, spiders, rodents and birds. The three main stages of a grasshopper's life are the egg, nymph and adult stages. However, the nymph stage
Not all birds prefer the same foods, but a few choices attract a wide variety of wild birds. Providing food, especially during the winter months, helps supply birds with the energy they need to survive cold nights.
Algae are one of the most diverse species of plant life. They are photosynthetic, like most other plants, but lack most of the structures of terrestrial plant life, such as stalks, leaves and rhizomes. All algae goes through a haploid life cycle of development, starting with a diploidzygote, or sp
Squirrels in your attic, pigeons on your roof, wildlife eating your flowers or insect infestations are a real challenge for homeowners. Squirrels can chew through wiring and cause a fire. Small wildlife will eat your garden plants and may burrow into your home, and some animals are simply a nuisance
The African bush is the wild, naturally landscaped areas of Africa. Much of Africa contains deserts and rocky, sandy soils. Plants that grow in the African bush have learned to adapt to drought conditions and hot temperatures. The southern part of the African bush contains rain forests....
Famed for their color and fragrance, common lilacs (Syringa vulgaris) grow 8 to 12 feet high and wide. Smaller varieties, such as Palibin (S. meyeri), are available for smaller yards. Lilacs are very hardy and make excellent windbreaks.
Though home gardeners often plant marigolds due to their brilliant warm color and resistance to most pests and diseases, dealing with a marigold with a fungus problem is more common than one might think. When healthy, marigolds provide great interest with a display of colors like gold and red that m
Cantaloupes are similar to other fruits like bananas, peaches, pears and plums in that they continue to ripen after they've been harvested. That's why they can be picked before they are completely ripe. Cantaloupes that are shipped into an area are always unripe. To pick cantaloupes out of your home
Dahlia flowers (Dahlia hortensis) are among the most diverse in the plant world. These plants are widely used in the cut flower industry since they are both aesthetically pleasing and easy to grow. Dahlias will grow well in a number of climates, but do best in an area with moderate to cool climates
The tropical Swiss cheese plant thrives in a moist, wet environment.ULTRA.F/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesPlants native to the tropics are cultivated and enjoyed for their exotic, lush foliage and showy, colorful flowers. Many tropical plants thrive in damp, humid conditions, preferring to...
When using fertilizers or pesticides, carefully read the instructions on the label to ensure you have chosen the correct products. Fertilizers contain different amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium needed to help your lawn or garden grow. Depending on soil type, you may need extra amounts o
Growing tomatoes on a patio or deck in a planter box or container allows gardeners with limited space to enjoy the taste of a fresh tomato. The techniques and timing for planting tomatoes in a planter box are similar to garden planting, but in a more limited space. Container gardeners often choose s
Today's modern almond trees evolved from wild almonds in Syria, Turkey, Iran and Iraq. Almonds have been cultivated since 10th century B.C. California produces 70 percent of the world's modern almond supply. Almond trees live 70 years or more. They grow best in well-drained soil in hot, dry climates
Zebra lionfish are unique saltwater fish. Spines sticking off their body can impart a toxic sting, similar to that of a venomous snake. If you have a saltwater aquarium and are considering adding a zebra lionfish to your tank, you will need to follow a few steps to ensure the health and safety of yo
Shrubs are a delightful addition to any garden, adding dimension and additional opportunities to add color and interest. In order for perennial shrubs to produce flowers, the basic needs of the plant must be met. Your aim is to reduce any environmental stress so that the perennial shrubs can concent