“I have spots on my hydrangea leaves,” the customer said. “I’ll send you a picture by email because I’m afraid it’s dying. Maybe it came from a bad batch.” We suspected that the “batch” of hydrangeas was just fine, and that the plant would recover very nicely, and once the photo arrived this hunch was [...]
Many of our customers are interested in planting new shrubs, trees, perennials and grasses in their landscapes. Here are some tips for success with fall planting.
Dig a wide hole that is just as deep as the root ball on your new plant. Mix some Bio-Tone fertilizer in with the soil you are returning to [...]
This is a common complaint among vegetable gardeners this year. Here it is the end of August and many of us are only harvesting a tomato here and another there. Yes, there are green fruits on the plants but they aren’t turning red very quickly. The reason for this problem is the weather. “Oh great,” [...]
Is the foliage of your tomato plant disappearing at an alarming rate? If the plants are small it might be woodchuck or deer damage, but if the plants are taller, an insect may be responsible. When the leaves at the top of the plant are being stripped but the stems left in place, you probably [...]
There are many things to do in the Cape Cod garden in August, as well as a few things you don’t want to be doing. Here is a checklist for landscape care at the end of summer.
Pulling weeds. All the heat-loving weeds are thriving at this time of year. Pull crab grass, [...]
You say that you have pink hydrangeas and you really want blue? Perhaps you have a hankering to have a shrub with pink and blue flowers on the same plant, or maybe you’re wondering if your white flowering hydrangea can be turned another color. Here are some tips and truths about hydrangea color.
Not all [...]
Iris are lovely plants and they grow well in many parts of the country. This isn’t a “plant and forget” type of perennial, however and our customers often ask what to do with their iris plants after they flower. Here are some tips for iris care:
Once the iris blooms have faded, cut the old [...]
The end of June is often a Good News/Bad News time for Hydrangeas. On the one hand, many varieties of this summer flowering shrub have come into beautiful bloom. On the other hand, it’s the time of year when we might notice that our plants have problems. Here’s a list of a few common Hydrangea [...]
Are there places in your garden that could use more color? Sometimes our customers say that they like their landscape but that the gardens are “missing something.” Others express the need for bright colors, but say that there isn’t much space left for planting or enough sun for most annuals or perennials. For all of [...]
Are your smoke trees smoke-free? Are your hollies not berry berried? It’s possible that you need “the opposite sex” in your garden. Smoke trees and holly are two of the plants that are dioecious. This means that there are separate male and female plants and that in order to produce fruit you will need both [...]