Glossary of Terms
Acidity: A term used to describe soil quality; pertains to rich soil that is generally dark in color & dense with organic matter. Also called "Sour Soil" it can have a very strong smell.
Annual: A plant whose growing zone is higher than the growing zone of the area. These will NOT survive outside during the winter.
Alkalinity: A term used to describe soil quality; this soil has minimal accessible nutrients
Amendment: Any product added to soil to improve the structure and create optimal growing conditions.
Bloom: The flower of a plant, the period in which that flower is open, or the period in which pollen/spores are released.
Bush: See Shrub
Compost: Organic material that has decomposed into a nutrient rich soil.
Dirt: See Soil, Loose Soil or earth that covers the ground.
Draught: Extended periods without consistent moisture that cause the soil and air to become dry and stagnant. See Tolerant.
Flower: The bloom of a plant.
Forb: An herbaceous, flowering plant
Grass: Plants that grow using blade like leaves with jointed stems to create clusters or spread to occupy lawns or pastures.
Gravel: Small, Tumbled, rocks that together create a structured mulch.
Hardy: A adjective used frequently for plants to identify if they will survive the winter. IE, Cold Hardy plant, See Zone
Hardscaping: Using Stone, Soil, and miscellaneous materials to create foundations for patios, fire pits, walkways, or other man-made features in a landscape.
Macro - nutrients:
Mulch: A wood-based byproduct or organic top layer used to increase the water retention or enrich the soil beneath.
MS: an abbreviation found often on our price tags; Mutiple Stems.
Native: A plant, animal, or stone that naturally originates from the area.
Nitrogen: The N in #-#-#/N-P-K.
The Leaf maker element that plants either produce or consume. Many cover crops can replenish natural amounts of nitrogen, which earns them the label of "Nitrogen Fixers", many other plants consume the Nitrogen to produce lush leaves, stems, and overall growth.
Perennial: A plant whose growing zone is equal to or lower than the growing zone of the environment. These may/should survive outside during the winter.
Phosphorus: The P in #-#-#/N-P-K.
The Root maker element present in soil that plants consume to encourage root growth. Ideal for Bulbs and root vegetables.
Plant: A living organism of the kind exemplified by trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses, ferns, and mosses, typically growing in a permanent site, absorbing water and inorganic substances through its roots, and synthesizing nutrients in its leaves by photosynthesis using the green pigment chlorophyll.
Pollinator: A being that travels from flower to flower completing the process of Pollination.
A "Sister" plant or close relative which can provide the necessary pollen to complete fertilization. For example, Apples generally cannot self-pollinate, so they require a different particular apple species to be co-planted or be located within a 3-mile radius in order to produce fruit.
Potassium: The K in #-#-#/N-P-K
The flower and fruit making element present in soil and fertilizer that is consumed by plants to stimulate overall health, water uptake, and fruit and flower production.
Resistant: A Term frequently used surrounding Pests, Disease, Fungus, Fire, and Care to denote a plants capability to naturally fend off detrimental situations or survive in the event of. A Deer resistant plant generally means that will not be chosen willingly or can survive a certain amount of browsing. The same applies for Disease resistant varieties, it does not imply that the plant is impervious to this type of damage.
Salinity: Containing notable quantities of Salt.
Shade: A term used to describe an area that is covered in shadow or a descriptor for plants that prefer these areas.
Shrub: Multi-stemmed plants that can span from less that 1 ft to over 6 ft tall. They tend to bush out in the middle and can be pruned into multiple shapes.
Soft scaping: Using plants, grass, or soft, living elements to create a cozy landscape.
Soil: The top layer of accessible earth we generally utilize for planting.
SS: an abbreviation found often on our price tags; Single Stem.
Sun Exposure: A term used generally to describe an area and to what extend it receives direct sunlight. Note: FULL SUN does not mean the same thing in the Southwest as it does in the Midwest. Our High Desert sun is much more extreme so even if a plant is identified as Full Sun it may not be in this region.
Tender: An adjective used frequently for plants to identify if they will survive the winter. Tender plants may not be tolerant of cold temperatures. See Zone.
Tolerant: A term used frequently surrounding Draught, Disease, Exposure, Soil quality, and Care to denote a plants capability and the environmental parameters that they may survive in.
Tree: A plant with the highest growth accomplishments and a singular (or up to 3) supporting wood trunk(s) that bear branches laterally a distance above the ground.
Vine: Plants which grow in a climbing or trailing manner. Sometimes they can give the appearance of having a "Trunk" but should not be self-supporting.
Waterwise: Plants that naturally conserve water or require minimal consistent water once established.
Weeds: an unwanted plant or simply a plant in the wrong place.
Xeric: An environment that is dry and hot.
A word used to describe plants that can function at normal capacity (Leaf Out, Fruit, Flower, and Produce Seed) in xeric conditions.
Xeriscaping: Using Waterwise, Native, or Xeric plants to create a sustainable landscape.
Zero-scaping: Using rock, gravel, or inanimate material to landscape an area.
Zone: A USDA classification system based upon the temperature thresholds or parameters of an environment or a plant. This classification system pertains ONLY to average temperature thresholds and not to sunlight exposure, soil quality, or water requirements.
Check out our video on How to Find your Zone!
#-#-#/N-P-K - This is a classification system found on fertilizers, composts, and products that need to declare the Nitrogen-Phosphorous-Potassium enriching capability of that product. Each nutrient plays their own important role in the process of fertilization.