Examples of woody plants include trees and shrubs. Herbaceous plants include other varieties of plant life such as grasses and flowers. Woody plants have stems with rigid outer structures created by lignin, a substance that adds strength to the stem. They grow both upward and outward, developing a trunk or base that is very different from herbaceous plants, which are much more flexible.Continue Reading
Herbaceous plants are classified as either annuals or perennials. Annuals die in the winter. Perennials live for two years or more, though the stems do not become woody. After dying in the winter, new growth originates from the base of the plant in the spring.
Trees and shrubs are differentiated by the number of stems originating from the base. Trees have one main trunk, while shrubs have several stems branching out from the ground. Pruning techniques may make it difficult to classify trees and shrubs correctly.
Trees bearing seeds that are not enclosed by a fruit are called conifers, or gymnosperms. They do not flower. Instead, they have male and female cones that open for pollination. Pines, firs and spruces are all examples of conifers. These trees usually have evergreen leaves that take the form of needles.Learn more about Outdoor Plants & Flowers
Rock rose plants, Cistus, are flowering evergreen shrubs native to the Mediterranean. The plant's large, colorful blooms only last for one day, opening at dawn and falling from the plant by evening. Rock rose plants are easy to grow, thrive with minimal care and tolerate even the poorest soil.Full Answer >
Lowe's sells flowering plants, indoor and tropical plants, shrubs, trees and vines. It also sells fruit, herb and vegetable plants. Plants, seeds and bulbs are only available for purchase in Lowe's stores.Full Answer >
Hummingbird summersweet can be planted from fresh seeds or by taking cuttings from existing plants to make more shrubs. It prefers acidic soil that is moist, but it can be grown in a variety of soil pHs, types and moisture levels, according to Vanessa Richins Myers for About.com. Summersweet should be planted in a site that receives full sun to partial shade.Full Answer >
Although most plants thrive in slightly acidic to neutral soil, a variety of perennials and shrubs are alkaline-loving plants, including perennials such as hellebores, clematis vine, dianthus, purple crocus, clematis and potentilla. Akaline-loving shrubs include Green Velvet boxwood, photinia, spiraea, Worcester gold, forsythia, lilac, crab apple, California lilac, Great Orme hebe and mock oranges.Full Answer >