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Proven Winners

At Hyannis Country Garden we have one of the largest selections of Proven Winners on Cape Cod. These annuals are wonderful for containers and gardens, and many of our customers save the tags from year to year so that they can remember which ones they used in the past. Other people take photos of the…

Hydrangea Leaf Tier

Do you grow white flowering Hydrangeas? If your plants are  Annabelle, Incrediball or other form of Hydrangea arborescens you might want to take a close look at the leaves. (Some people have also reported this pest on climbing hydrangeas.) In May there is a sneaky larvae at work that is called a “leaf tier.” This…

Choosing Roses

Faced with a nursery filled with beautiful plants, how do you choose between one and the other? When it comes to roses, there are two approaches: head and heart. Those who want a low-maintenance landscape should choose a rose bush thoughtfully. There are many varieties of shrub roses that bloom all summer, are very disease…

Choosing Mulches

Our customers frequently ask, “What’s the best mulch?” and there is no single answer. In the Northeast people usually choose an organic mulch that breaks down over time, as opposed to rocks and pebbles. Since many of our plants shed foliage and stems, a rock mulch is harder to keep clean and debris-free. Mulches such…

Measuring Rain

Every yard and garden should have a rain gauge. Whether it’s large or small, decorative or simply functional, it’s important to know how much water Mother Nature has delivered. For most established plants, an inch of rain every seven days is the ideal. When a Northeast garden gets that amount of rain you don’t need…

Cooking With Tomatoes

As part of our Totally Tomatoes Weekend, Nancy Cavanaugh gave a cooking demonstration that showed some of her favorite ways to prepare home-grown tomatoes. Mouths watered and attendees were rewarded with samples of the dishes she prepared.  Of particular interest was the Roasted Tomato Basil Soup from the Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and the Fresh Tomato…

Winter Moth Alert!

Spring is here and everything seems to be growing! As perennials pop up and the trees start producing leaves, most people tend to assume that the plants in their landscape are doing just fine. Truth be told, most of them probably are growing well without assistance. But on Cape Cod, people may not realize that…

Changing The Color of Hydrangeas

You say you want your hydrangeas to be in the pink or feeling blue? Success depends on what type of hydrangea you have and the pH of your soil. Some hydrangeas will never change color. A white ‘Annabelle’ will always have white fading to green flowers. Limelight will always be green that turns white and…

Choosing A Healthy Plant

It’s a busy time at the garden center. Trucks roll in almost daily loaded with shrubs, trees and perennials. Soon the annuals, vegetables, tropicals and water garden plants will arrive as well. All in all, this is an exciting period for home landscapers and garden lovers! Faced with such bounty, how do you choose one…

Gift Hydrangeas

At this time of year our greenhouse is filled with gift hydrangeas for Easter and Mother’s day. The large, colorful flowers are so beautiful it’s no wonder that this is a popular holiday plant and present. Everyone who buys or receives these plants invariably asks the same question: “Can I plant this greenhouse grown Hydrangea…

Edible Landscapes

Are you interested in fresh, tasty food? Would you like to be able to go out into your yard and pick ingredients for dinner? If your answer to these questions is “yes” but you’re not ready to install a full-scale vegetable garden or berry patch, this post is for you. Many of our customers would…

The Best of Bonsai

Marsha and Lily are presenting The Best of Bonsai this weekend. It will be a two-day celebration of this fascinating combination of art form and plants. This event has us thinking about the appeal of bonsai trees. These plants are a reminder…a living, three-dimensional Post-it note that prompts us to think about and appreciate natural…

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