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Xanthorrhoea australis - Austral Grass-tree (7923 readers)
Contributed by amazon 03.09. 2007 10:07:50 Topic: Plants / Perennials

Australian native known for its thick black trunk to 5 which is topped by a 3 high fountain of grass-like leaves which in turn produce an erect 5 flower spike. Requires constant warmth and full sun. Arid - sub tropic. The Aborigines called these plants Black Boys because after a wild fire, the bottom leaves burn away revealing a singed black trunk with long green reed-like leaves extending from the top of the trunk giving the appearance of black figures. Frost tolerant. ...

Echinacea, Rudbeckia and summer grasses (14044 readers)
Contributed by pph 01.08. 2011 12:00:47 Topic: Plants / Other Match on Article's text

‘Heat’ is a powerful sensory stimulus – look at how it is used in advertising everything from perfumes to cars. Heat equates to danger, excitement, sexual attraction. Plants can very much evoke a sense of heat too, with vivid colours setting the pulse racing. Rudbeckia and Echinacea are two prairie flowers that love it as the mercury climbs and look just right shimmering in the sun. Add into the mix the calming balance of some flowering grasses and you have a ready-made planting combination that ...

Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture (7485 readers)
Contributed by amazon 30.05. 2007 10:19:30 Topic: Other / Books Match on Article's text

Hemenway, a permaculture expert and associate editor of The Permaculture Activist, explains how gardens can function as ecosystems, describes the basic parts of an ecological garden (soil, water, plants, and animals), and shows how to create backyard ecosystems through guilds. Guilds, the author tells us, are groups of plants that function as an ecosystem to provide products for humans, create cover and food for wildlife, nourish the soil, conserve water, and repel pests. A simple example of a g ...

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