This easy-to-use glossary will help you translate and define some of the botanical, horticultural and landscaping terms used on this site.
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The grouping of plants between order and genus.
A term used to describe a single division of a daylily clump that possesses its own separate crown, foliage, and root system.
FANCY FACE DAYLILY
The term "fancy face" daylilies is used to describe those with complex markings, often in multiple colors, on the flowers. For example, a fancy face dayliliy may have multiple colors in the eye, picotee edge, and watermark, as well as prominent ruffling. Unfortunately, most fancy face daylilies are not very cold hardy and perform best in southern zones. Extensive breeding work is currently being done to breed in cold hardiness. In the future, there will surely be some hardy fancy face introductions.
Any of a large number of organic and synthetic materials, (including manure and nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium compounds) spread on or worked into soil to increase its capacity to support plant growth.
Composed of profusely branched roots with many lateral rootlets, often with no main or taproot development. Many perennials with fibrous root systems are dividable. Example: Achillea.
Controlling the environment to make plants bloom when they normally would not.
The odor or smell that a plant exudes from either its flowers or its foliage. Many plants have a fragrance, though not all are enjoyable.
Full shade is defined as fewer than 4 hours of direct sunlight per day.
Full sun is defined as direct exposure to sunlight for more than 6 hours per day.