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Identifying plants is so much easier if you get to know plant families first.
We've created a video to give you some insights into this by looking at the taxonomy of the Myrtaceae family
For the home vegetable garden, the most widely grown beans are usually common (green) beans, runner beans, and broad beans. The common bean is known by a number of other names including green beans, French beans, haricot beans, flageolet, and string beans.
They are all cultivars of Phaseolus vulgaris. Most green beans have a compact or bushy growth habit and are referred to as ‘bush beans’, or sometimes ‘dwarf beans’. Some cultivars have a climbing habit and are known as pole beans.
Runner beans, Phaseolus coccineus, are also climbers. They have striking red flowers which have made them popular as ornamental vines as well as vegetable crops.
Broad beans, Vicia faba, go by many other names like faba beans, fava beans, horse beans, field beans and English beans. It all depends where you live. In Australia, New Zealand and the UK, broad bean is the preferred name whereas in the United States they are called fava beans.
All gardeners and nurserymen know that a plant sells better when it has a flower on it.
One trick to being successful in any nursery is thus, learning how to get plants to flower - then selling them before the flower is lost.
Designing and building a green wall is only the start. Seeing the plants thrive and stay in good condition is another thing.
If the vertical garden is designed well and maintained appropriately, using well chosen plant cultivars; the affect can be great; but with a lack of knowledge, resources or effort, a green wall can deteriorate very fast.
There are a huge array opportunities for a career in horticulture.
Horticulture can be divided into two broad themes; amenity and commercial.
Amenity horticulture is the decorative side of the profession and so involves designing, maintaining, and restoring gardens where people enjoy themselves. This can include the cultivation of turf for sport.
Commercial horticulture is the growing of plants for sale. The plants grown can vary from tropical orchids for cut flowers through to vegetables and fruit.