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Ornamental plant

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Ornamental plant cultivation dates back to around 2000 BC.
– Ancient Egyptian tomb paintings from 1500 BC show evidence of ornamental horticulture.
– Wealthy pharaohs in ancient civilizations grew various ornamental plants.
– The practice of ornamental gardening has roots in ancient civilizations.
– Landscape design has been an integral part of ornamental plant cultivation.

– Ornamental plants are distinct from utilitarian and crop plants.
– Lavender, for example, can serve both ornamental and utilitarian purposes.
– Ornamental plants are grown for display rather than functional purposes.
Floriculture and tree nurseries are key branches of horticulture.
– Ornamental plants contribute to the aesthetic appeal of gardens.

The Term:
– The term “ornamental plant” is commonly used in horticulture.
– Ornamental plants are primarily grown for display purposes.
– Ornamental plants come in various shapes, sizes, and colors.
– Some ornamental plants are cultivated for their foliage.
– Flowering ornamental plants are a key feature in gardens.

Ornamental Grasses:
– Ornamental grasses are valued for their hardiness and dramatic appearance.
– Grass-like plants such as sedges and rushes are marketed as ornamental grasses.
– Ornamental grasses bring linear form, texture, color, and sound to gardens.
– They are popular for their resilience in colder hardiness zones.
– Ornamental grasses are available in a wide variety of colors and sizes.

See Also:
– Ornamental bulbous plants are another category of ornamental plants.
– The Ornamental Gardens in Ottawa are known for their beauty.
– Various sources provide information on ornamental plants.
– Landscape Ornamentals are studied at the University of Florida.
– Ornamental plants play a crucial role in home landscapes.

Ornamental plant (Wikipedia)

Ornamental plants or garden plants are plants that are primarily grown for their beauty but also for qualities such as scent or how they shape physical space. Many flowering plants and garden varieties tend to be specially bred cultivars that improve on the original species in qualities such as color, shape, scent, and long-lasting blooms. There are many examples of fine ornamental plants that can provide height, privacy, and beauty for any garden. These ornamental perennial plants have seeds that allow them to reproduce. One of the beauties of ornamental grasses is that they are very versatile and low maintenance. Almost all types of plant have ornamental varieties: trees, shrubs, climbers, grasses, succulents, aquatic plants, herbaceous perennials and annual plants. Non-botanical classifications include houseplants, bedding plants, hedges, plants for cut flowers and foliage plants. The cultivation of ornamental plants comes under floriculture and tree nurseries, which is a major branch of horticulture.

Ornamental petunia plant
Ornamental trailing plant on a trellis (creeping groundsel).

Commonly, ornamental garden plants are grown for the display of aesthetic features including flowers, leaves, scent, overall foliage texture, fruit, stem and bark, and aesthetic form. In some cases, unusual features may be considered to be of interest, such as the prominent thorns of Rosa sericea and cacti.

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