Coastal and Tropical South
For more information about plant names and their meanings, read Botanical Binomials -- What Do Plant Names Mean? on Tom Clothier's Garden Walk and Talk Web site. You'll find clear explanations for nonscientists of terms including "specific epithets," which do not involve cursing at anyone. These particular references are illuminating, and you'll find words to fascinate unsuspecting dinner companions, too. This article has a link to a short dictionary of these odd prefixes and suffixes and their meanings.
Tool or Gardening Product
Professional Hedge Shears
The Professional 24.5" Hedge Shears have it all for gardeners with frequent hedge shearing to do. With chrome-plated, replaceable blades and a curved design to put the cutting surface in place, this tool will not work you to a frazzle. Brightly painted red handles make it easy to spot, too. Retail is $98 from Garden Hardware (http://www.gardenhardware.com).