Gardening Terms EBasic Gardening Terms starting with the letter E.
Some of the common and not so common garden terms you will hear or read about when dealing with nurseries and garden centers.
This list is by no means a complete collection of horticultural techniques and terms.
E Garden Termsecosystem: The set of physical nonliving environmental factors of a region, plus the communities of organisms of that region.
earthing-up: Piling soil around plants for support of the roots, to protect from extreme cold and blanch vegetables.
edging plant: A low growing plant that provides softness to the edges of a border, bed or walkway.
egg can: A container 5 gallons in volume used for growing plants. This is one of those unique gardening terms that you won't hear much.
entire: Without teetH or lobes, refers to the edges of a leaf.
epiphyte: An air plant, it grows on the surface of another plant.
eradication: Completely getting rid of by chemical treatment, burning or burying.
espalier: training plants to grow flat against a trellis or wall.
essential element: An element required for normal growth and reproduction.
establishment period: The time it takes a newly planted tree, shrub or perennial to get settled in. A plant typically needs 3-6 weeks to get established before winter starts.
evergreen: A plant which keeps its' green foliage all year.
everlasting: Plants whose flowers are the best for drying. The flowers don't lose their shape or color when dried. Garden terms can have more than one meaning. This garden term also pertains to Tall Sedum plants.
exotic: A plant that is not native to an area but is now growing there.
eyes: Dormant growth buds.
On every stem, on every leaf ... and at the root of everything that grew, was a professional specialist in the shape of grub, caterpillar, aphid, or other expert, whose business it was to devour that particular part. - Oliver Wendell Holmes
If you are not killing plants, you are not really stretching yourself as a gardener -J.C. Raulston.
A green thumb is nothing more than hard work and the desire to make things grow.
Albert E. Tuttle