Garden design

Front Yard Seating

Most of us live in our backyards, and we tend to place decks, patios and seating areas there. Some are blessed to have farmer’s porches or other front-of-the-house seating, but this isn’t the norm. Yet on many properties, seating in the front yard should be considered. Many of our Cape Cod neighborhoods are attractive, and…

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Taking Time To See

On this early June morning I went out to the front porch with a cup of coffee and my phone. But instead of checking my email, or sending a text to one of my sons, I put the phone down on the arm of the Adirondack chair and watched the landscape. The sun was just…

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June is Perennial Month

June is a month when gardeners and garden centers celebrate perennial plants. And there are so many to enjoy! Perennials are wonderful in the landscape because they come in all shapes, sizes and colors. But just as people come with assorted appearances and personalities, perennial plants do as well. The secret to having a good perennial…

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Why Every Garden Needs Annuals

Most of our customers love flowers…the more the better. Flowering shrubs and trees are great for dependable, lower-maintenance color. Perennials provide an ever changing kaleidoscope of flowers that open at different points in the season. But even with a good selection of all of these plants, a garden needs annuals. Unlike perennials and shrubs, most annuals…

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Landscape Consultations ~ Cape Cod

Here’s a question that I hear frequently: “Do you do consultations?” I consider Country Garden’s on-site consultation service to be another way we can live up to our company motto: Large enough to serve you, small enough to know you. Many of our customers can be helped right in the nursery and store. Most of…

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Planning Plant Fun

I was recently at the TPIE trade show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It was fun to be in a place where orchids can be grown in the landscape, and the plants we can only grow indoors scramble up trees. In addition to the tropical plant show, we visited botanic gardens and growers. The plant trials…

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Flowers 12 Months Per Year

One of the most frequent requests my customers make during a landscape consultation is for more color…and by this they usually mean flowers. As a garden geek myself, I understand this desire and look for every opportunity to have something in bloom twelve months of the year. So in advance of writing this blog, I…

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Ideas From Flower Show Displays

I am out at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle right now. The Rhode Island Flower Show is also  this weekend, and the Philadelphia Flower Show and the Boston Flower Show are right around the corner. Each of these spring flower shows has an assortment of display gardens and vendors, and all are…

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August Garden Fix-ups

On the Cape many people have company in August, and frequently there are barbeques, family reunions and assorted other gatherings in our backyards. So at this time of year people are looking around at their gardens and wondering “What can I do to quickly spruce up the garden?” Naturally, we want to do this quickly…

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Tips on Garden Design

Garden design is a big subject, but you can learn a great deal and get some tips from the displays in this Cape Cod garden center. One of our designers, Brenda Barnhart-Brodt, puts together lovely displays and you can take design ideas from them that can be applied to your own yard and gardens. Although in…

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