HRT 220: Annual and Aquatic Landscape Plants

Instructors

  • Dr. Robert Schutzki (lead)
    1066 Bogue St, Room A218
    East Lansing, MI 48824
    (517) 353-0337
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Credits and Offerings

  • 3 credits (2 lecture and 2 lab hours every week)
  • Fall semester of every year

Course Description

Identification and evaluation of annuals, biennials and aquatic plants used in landscapes and for other horticultural purposes        

Course objectives

  1. To be able to identify annuals, biennials and aquatic plants used in landscapes and for other horticultural purposes. 
  2. This includes knowing the scientific name(s), selected cultivars, common name(s), and the plant family. 
  3. Identification involves seeing parts of or the whole plant.
  4. To develop an appreciation for the great diversity and beauty of herbaceous ornamental plants.
  5. To be able to select plants for specific purposes and site conditions.  This includes knowing the environmental requirements of specific plants, their desirable and undesirable characteristics, their horticultural/ landscape uses, and major insect and disease problems.
  6. To be familiar with the use of keys for identification of plant material.

Topics

  • Plant branding programs, new plant sources and introducers
  • Uses: containers, landscapes, water gardens
  • Plant morphological characteristics
  • Plant identification techniques
  • Annual plant genera, species and cultivars
  • Biennial plant genera, species and cultivars
  • Aquatic plant genera, species and cultivars
  • Cultural and environmental requirements
  • Insect, disease and abiotic problems
  • Site preparation, planting and maintenance

Activities

  • Plant ID walks around campus
  • Site visit to campus water features
  • Plant combinations for containers and hanging baskets