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If I plant trees in my yard, will it offset global warming?

Planting a few trees in your yard certainly won't obliterate your entire carbon footprint. But it could cut your energy costs. How much carbon dioxide does the average tree absorb?

Will victory gardens help us beat high food prices?

What if you could shop for fruits and veggies in your own backyard? Not only would it save you a trip to the grocery store, it might save you some cash. How much?


Floriography, or the language of flowers, stems from the coded messages of the Victorian era that facilitated the exchange of feelings among the simply unpoetic or those who were forbidden to verbally communicate their passions.

How to Start a Community Garden

Gardens have lots of benefits, but what if you don't have any land to start your own? If you're strapped for green space, a community garden might be the answer.

10 Japanese-style Gardens

Since the 6th century, Japanese gardeners have been creating green spaces that focus less on perennials and peonies and more on meditation and peace of mind.

What is container gardening?

When you spend all day in a cubicle, the idea of a lush green paradise of plants sounds like wishful thinking. But container gardening just might do the trick.

How Butterfly Gardens Work

What has bright, blooming flowers and a sea of flapping wings? A butterfly garden. Planting one will help you to attract and conserve these winged beauties.

Torch Cactus

The torch cactus is the one that comes to mind when you think of a desert cactus. This species of cactus grows between fifteen and twenty feet tall. The torch cactus can also grow heavy branches when mature. Learn how to grow and care for the torch cactus in this article.


The tephrocactus is often compared to the prickly pear cactus, another cactus known for its spines. The spines of the tephrocactus are typically long and flexible. Sometimes the spines appear long and twisted. Learn how to care for the tephrocactus.

Trichodiadema olearea

Trichodiadema olearea is a type of cactus that belongs to the same family as the living stones plant. The branches are long, slender, and arched with short leaves. This plant requires bright light and good air circulation. Learn how to grow and care for this house plant.

Sweet Flag

Sweet flag is named for its sweet-smelling leaves, which become even more fragrant when hung and dried. The grassy leaves of this water-loving perennial form an excellent vertical accent for a water garden. Learn more about this water-loving plant.


Crinum is generally a white flower that makes a pretty addition to a water garden. The Crinum genus varies widely, growing in America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Likewise, there are roughly 100 different species of Crinum. Learn more about this flower.

Dwarf Papyrus

Dwarf papyrus grows well in water gardens but also thrives when planted in tubs. The dwarf papyrus produces green, moplike heads on sturdy stalks that reach 1-2 feet above the water. Learn more about this smaller descendant of the giant papyrus.


Water-fringe, also known as yellow floating-heart for its yellow blooms and heart-shaped leaves, grows well in water. The blooms give off the faint scent of almonds. Learn about this lovely plant.

Pickerel Weed

Pickerel weed produces small, dense blue flowers, similar to a hyacinth. An excellent selection for planting in the sun near the margin of a pond, it combines well with other aquatic plants in water gardens. Learn more about this plant.

HowStuffWorks Answers Your Gardening Questions

HowStuffWorks answers your gardening questions. From planting to maintenance, you can create a gorgeous landscape. You don't have to have a PhD in agriculture, but you should be aware of what will guarantee you success. Find out how to cultivate your land.


Aubretia is a low, spreading plant -- perfect for a rock garden -- with purple flowers that bloom in the spring. Learn more about this plant that appears delicate despite its hardy nature.

Ice Plant

Ice plant is native to South Africa and accustomed to dry climates, as well as resistant to salty, coastal climates. Bright purple-magenta flowers of daisylike form appear over the succulent leaves of this sun-lover in summer. Learn more about the ice plant.

Dwarf Deutzia

Dwarf deutzia, a shrub, produces white flowers that grow in an upright fashion, conserving space in smaller gardens. Arching branches bear double white flowers in spring and foliage that turns an attractive red in fall. Learn more about this shrub.

Blue Fescue

Blue fescue is an ornamental grass named for the blue hue of its shoots. The tuft-forming grass has narrow leaves in beautiful shades of silvery blue-green. Learn more about the grass, which is commonly used to border or accent gardens.

Trumpet Gentian

Trumpet gentian is native to alpine environments, making it perfect for rock gardens. Trumpet-shaped flowers of an unusual hue (dark navy blue with darker, green-striped throats) sit on very short stems above spreading foliage. Learn more about this plant.

Hairy Penstemon

Hairy penstemon produces slender flowers in the late spring or early summer. It prefers well-drained -- though moist -- soil. As such, this plant is a good candidate for a rock garden. Find out more about the hairy penstemon.


Saponaria forms long stems that branch out, creating a trailing effect. Small flowers of clear pink are produced from the height of summer to fall. Learn more about this plant, which is perfect for the conditions of a rock garden.

Ground-Cover Sedum

Ground-cover sedum is a creeping plant, well-adapted to growth along walls or in rock gardens. Domed clusters of star-shaped flowers vary in color from red to pink to white, and bloom in summer. Learn more about this succulent plant.


Yucca, also known as Adam's Needle, is well-adapted to arid, desert conditions. Cream-colored, bell-shaped flowers often bloom during the summer, which contrasts to the dark green leaves. Learn more about this plant that is best suited for rock gardens.