Most gardeners are unaware that their repertoire of gardening terms includes botanical terminology. In fact, the typical gardener has a reasonable grasp of botany and with this in mind, horticulturist Annette Irish revisits some common terms we all use. This article is a continuation from Part 2, in STG Issue 23.
When we refer to most plant identification books we see standard terms such as the family, genus, species, variety, cultivar, deciduous or evergreen, colour of leaves, bark, flowers, type of fruits, and importantly plant shape, form and size.
Confusion can surround the shape and size of a plant. Is it a tree, a shrub or a climber? All evoke set images, ones that we can visualise and hopefully we can recognise their differences.
This confusion can even cause the professional horticulturists to scratch their heads, trying to identify the species by the description provided by our gardening friends – even with a sample of the plant in their hands.
Main terms listed are:
- Climber, scrambler, rambler