Why is “chicken” wire called that? Learn the answer here, as well as learning (more importantly) about the many uses to which it is put in landscaping.
To remember what "deciduous" means, just realize that the Latin root means "fall." I explain here in defining this word, which is applied to trees and shrubs.
The definition of planting zones refers to the USDA's hardiness map, to which I link. I tell you how to use it but explain why you needn't follow it slavishly.
As you will see from my definition of xeriscape landscaping, it can be attractive as well as practical. You're not limited to unattractive "barbed-wire plants."
Wood burls are rounded outgrowths on the trunk or branch of a tree, a curiosity of nature used decoratively as a veneer in woodcraft. View my photo of one here.
Animals with a backbone are termed vertebrates. I give some examples here.
"Variegated" foliage is a widely sought-after plant characteristic in landscaping. If you're wondering what the term actually means, though, read my definition.
What is unity in landscape design, and who cares about it? You will care about it if you wish to convey a theme in your landscaping.
Learn what transition means in landscape design and use the supplemental material I link to for a further peak into the inner workings of the designer's mind.
What is a shrub topiary, and what's an example of a bush that can be used in making one? Learn the answers here.
Lawn "thatch" has nothing to do with the thatching you see on English cottages. Learn what the term means in the context of lawn care.
Learn how the term, "plant texture" is used in landscape design. This meaning of the word differs from the one in everyday parlance.
Read this definition of "systemic" poisons to learn how they are different from insecticidal sprays. Knowing the distinction will help you choose between them.
Read my definition of "sheet composting" to learn how it is different from regular compost. Follow my links to learn how to improve your soil.
"Screed" has other meanings, including "lengthy discourse," but here I define the word in a masonry context.
Plants that are not herbaceous are deemed "woody." If you don't know what "herbaceous" means, you can find definitions for both here.
A technical definition of "shrubs" will help you distinguish them from trees. But note that there will often be some blurry ground between the two terms.
You may take trees for granted, without ever thinking of what characteristics qualify a plant for this classification. Learn the technical definition here.
In everyday language, "scion" means "child," but in grafting, it has a specialized meaning. Learn how this word relates to "rootstock."
Why is it important to know what "scaffold branches" means? While pruning in the tree care of a young tree, you need to establish a foundation for future growth.
Although the term "rootstock" has many applications, it is most often used in the context of grafting. Learn what it means, in contradistinction to "scion."
The meaning of "rhythm" in landscape design is different from its usage in everyday parlance. Find out how it's used to enhance one's landscaping.
In this definition of "rhizomes," I not only tell you what they are, but also why they're so problematic in landscaping.
“Proportion" in landscape design refers to size in the macrocosm, while scale refers to microcosmic size. But here's the standard definition.
Definition pistil or the adjective, pistillate. If you care about how plants make seed, you will want to learn this botanical term.