Introduction to Deciduous Plants and Shrubs
We know all about Evergreen plants. Those are those hardy plants which are going to stay green all the year around, come rain come snow, come sunshine. On the other hand, there are a large number of plants, in nature’s bounty for garden, which have this habit of shedding their leaves at periodic intervals.
These are called deciduous plants. How are you going to recognize them? Just go under the trees in your garden, in the autumn, look at the leaves, which are changing color, and which are floating down gently to the ground.
Deciduous trees shed their leaves during the shedding season. They are different from evergreens in the manner that in the autumn and in the winter, you are not going to see a green leafy growth covering the branches. Never mind that in spring, you are going to find fresh new leaves sprouting out in full splendor.
I remember asking my Botany teacher as a child, how I would remember the word “deciduous”. He smiled and said, “Well, any plant that has decided to shed its leaves after its particular flowering and harvesting season is done is a deciduous plant. And it sheds its leaves on you and/or on us.”
We students found this description hilarious, and this is one word I have never forgotten.
60% of the trees out there are deciduous. You can notice them very clearly in the autumn, when there are gardeners wielding their rakes under them and wondering why they did not plant evergreens in their place.
Well, the answer is, with so many choices of deciduous plants given to us by nature, is it a surprise that most of us would rather have beautiful foliage, exquisite flowers and green shrubbery, for at least half of the year, knowing very well that next year it is going to give the same plentiful gift to us?
Table of Contents
- Introduction to Deciduous Plants and Shrubs
- Before You Start
- Choosing the Right Soil
- Soil Conditions
- Seed Sowing and Planting
- Tips for Planting Seeds
- Seed Sowing – Wet Soil or Dry Soil
- Natural Manure
- Other Soil Nutrients
- Newly Planted Plants Care
- Popular Deciduous Plants and Shrubs
- Laburnums –
- Maples – The Acer Family
- Horse Chestnut Tree
- Norway Maple- Acer platanoides.
- Periwinkles – Vinca
- Making an Earthworm Nursery
- Author Bio
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