Beginner’s guide to the basic plant groups – part one

By Xanthe White In Gardens

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24th January, 2013
Defining plants isn’t easy, even for an expert. However, it’s necessary for us to be able to correctly identify plant material in our gardens or perhaps a plant seen elsewhere that we would like to grow. This two-part guide is to help beginners define the types of garden plants and so make identification easier. This week I outline the basic plant groups and the most distinct characteristics of each one. Next week I will look at the large group of monocotyledons, which includes grasses, flaxes and sedges. We will also look at plants’ other key features, such as leaf shape and colour, ...

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