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We believe in growing for all, so here is our jargon buster to make it easy for everyone to enjoy the world of gardening. If you come across jargon we haven't covered email us at helpme@sproutl.com or message us on Instagram or Twitter

Full sun

means direct sunshine for 6-10 hours a day.

Partial shade

means 3-6 hours of direct sunshine per day.


means pretty much never seeing a single shaft of sunlight.


means a plant that will produce fruit or flowers for one season before falling over and dying. You'll need to buy them every year.


means a plant that will grow in the first year, flower or fruit the second year, then pass away.


means a plant that will grow and produce fruit or flowers every year, year after year. Like Morgan Freeman.


Excellent for adding permanent structure to your outside space, a shrub means a small to medium-sized plant—perennial, with multiple woody stems above the ground—such as lavender.


Perfect for spring/summer colour in a border. Herbaceous means a small to medium sized plant perennial, without wood stems above ground—such as Californian poppies or salvia. Herbaceous plants' stems die back in late autumn and early winter, their roots surviving below ground during winter, before shooting again in spring.

Bedding plants

offer instant pops of temporary colour—perfect for beds, borders, containers and hanging baskets – such as violas and sweet peas.


generally refers to how Bruce Willis your plant is. As a rule, “hardy” will survive to -15ºC, “frost hardy” will survive to -5ºC, “half hardy” will survive to 0ºC, and tender will give up the ghost below 5ºC.


means a plant that loses its leaves at the end of the growing season, then grows fresh new ones at the beginning of the next


means a plant that keeps its leaves throughout the year.

Acid/alkaline soil

Different plants like different growing conditions. It’s well worth investing in a home PH testing kit before diving into a big garden overhaul, expensive new planting scheme, making a new vegetable plot or when growth is disappointing/ leaves keep turning yellow.