Glossary of Gardening Terms: A - Z


Descriptions of common gardening terms and phrases…



Life cycle of one year

Describes a plant that germinates, grows, flowers, sets seed and then dies all in the course of one growing season. E.g. Marigold (Many bedding plants are annuals). See our list of annual and biennial plants.


Fleshy seed coat

The fleshy coating to some seeds. E.g. the bright red aril of the Yew berry surrounds the seed.