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2 - Plant types
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Understanding your plants
In Module 1 we said that plants are classified according to how 'hardy' they are. Well, that's just the start. They are also described by their life cycle and how they grow. For example: annual climber, herbaceous perennial, woody shrub. As we'll see, they each have a unique name that identifies them, whether you're a gardener in Tunbridge Wells or Tibet.
Plant label

Information is power, and knowing what all the terms mean will enable you to read a plant label or seed packet in the garden centre, or look at a plant description in a book or magazine. You'll know all about that plant at a glance and whether it will suit your garden's 'character'.

Plant listsFind a list of suggested plant types for your garden here.
Watch the clipYour garden should be a theatre offering year-round interest. Watch the clip here.
InteractiveGet to grips with plant types and learn about Latin naming with our fun game!
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2. Understand plants

Plant types
 Annuals and biennials
 Perennials and bedding plants
 Woody plants
 Evergreen and deciduous plants
Plant names
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Find thousands more plants in the BBC Gardening database.
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A good garden should change throughout the year. Watch the clip here.
Get to know your plant types, with the Matching pairs game
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