One of the problems of using ivy as a ground cover is that it isn’t content to just cover the ground. Given a few years it will cover the ground, grow over perennials and shrubs, swallow buildings and climb up the trees. English and Baltic ivy wants to take over the world.
Although many people [...]
Got shade? Have we got a plant for you! Dwarf sweet box (Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis) grows to about 18″ high, is dark green and is as handsome as its botanical name is long.
How many plants do you know of that look as good during and after a cold winter as they did in [...]
Since most of Cape Cod was hit by Impatiens Downy Mildew in 2012, those who love this annual are asking, “Now what?”
Here’s what we know about this problem:
We know that IDM is an oomycete, or water mold. The spores move and spread quickly in cool, wet conditions. All varieties and hybrids of Impatiens [...]
After a heavy snow or blizzard you might see sprawling plants everywhere you look. Arborvitaes and upright yews splayed open or even plastered to the ground. Rhododendrons and rose bushes are flattened, and evergreen trees that once were upright have taken on a the shape of a weeping plant. What should a homeowner do?
As New England gets ready for a big snowfall, we at Hyannis Country Garden prepare to answer people’s questions about storm damage. The combination of a heavy, wet snow and wind can be harmful to many landscape plants. Perennials love the blanket of insulation that snow provides but shrubs and trees can become bent or [...]
“Is my rhody confused?” our customers ask. “They’re flowering now, in the fall. Will they still bloom in the spring?”
To some extent this happens every autumn. The hours of daylight and darkness are the same in the fall as in the spring, and the temperatures are a similar combination of warm days and cool [...]
To Help With General Recovery Apply an inch or two of compost or composted manure to cover exposed roots and to help with root regeneration this fall and a healthy soil next spring.
Leaning/Flattened Plants Pull plants back to their former position and use a staking kit or materials to hold them in place. Leave [...]
The other day a customer remarked that her “hardy” mums never make it though the winter. Has this happened to you? As we explained to this customer, there are a couple of things going on. In some areas these plants are called “hardy” because they will withstand light frosts through the fall. On Cape Cod, [...]
If you see your tomato foliage rapidly disappearing, chances are you have one or more tomato hornworms. Another sign that this pest is at work is the black pepper-like “frass” (aka caterpillar poop) that is sprinkled over the tomato foliage. Look closely at the stems and underside of the leaves and you’re likely to find [...]
At this time of year many people want to refresh their gardens, pots, and window boxes. The weather in our seaside region is usually warm well into November after all, so we will enjoy our autumn landscapes through Thanksgiving and beyond. Although most people commonly think of mums as the fall flower, there are many [...]