Landscape Plants

Subject HORT90033 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 4 hours of weekly classes = 48 hours total
Total Time Commitment:

96 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements fo this entry.

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Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Melbourne School of Land & Environment (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject explores the identification, selection and use of plants in designed landscapes and urban horticulture. The content includes an introduction to plant taxonomy, botanical nomenclature and plant morphology, planting design, plant selection, sources of information for plant use, principles of “sustainability” in designing vegetation and the recognition and discussion of representative plants used in landscapes. Case studies of plant use and management in urban landscapes will also be discussed.


On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • describe basic plant taxonomy and plant nomenclature;
  • identify and describe the main morphological features of stems, leaves, flowers, inflorescences and fruits;
  • recognise, name correctly and describe a selection of landscape plants; and
  • discuss the design, selection and use of plants in designed landscapes across a range of contexts and settings.

A landscape plants assignment equivalent to 4,000 words due at the end of semester (50%) and two plant materials tests, each 90 minutes in duration due mid-semester and at the end of semester (40%) and a tutorial review paper, equivalent to 1000 words, due mid-semester (10%).

Prescribed Texts:

Spencer, R., Cross, R. and Lumley, P., (2007), Plant names:a guide to botanical nomenclature, (Third Edition), Royal Botanic Gardens/CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • source, interpret and apply information from written and electronic sources to better understand the use and management of landscape plants;
  • use scientific and technical literature to answer specific questions and aid problem solving in plant identification and landscape planting design and selection;
  • investigate and analyse issues pertaining to plant use, design and selection; and
  • convey written and verbal information about landscape plants in a professional way.
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Urban Horticulture
Master of Urban Horticulture

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