Plants For Winter Color

When I’m feeling cranky I’ve been known to say, “Winter interest? It’s a cup of tea and a good book.” But this isn’t really true. I want plants in my landscape that capture as much of my attention in the cold season as the steaming beverage and novel. In fact, both are a necessity for surviving…

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Are Fall Mums Perennial?

As I prepared to give my annual fall talk on perennial garden maintenance, a customer snagged me with the following question: “All those beautiful mums outside,” she said, waving toward the side of the store, “are they perennial? Will these fall flowers come back next year?” My answer was this: “Yes, depending on how you care for…

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Fall Into The Future

In the fall many gardeners and home landscapers are anxious to wrap things up. We’ve coped with winter and gypsy moth larvae in the spring, seen drought-stressed plants all summer, and are watching our perennials brown and go to seed. So it’s natural that we’re ready to clear things out, dust off our hands and…

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Enjoy Your Garden Fall Into Winter

In late September our gardens can begin to look tired…or they can be a celebration of the glorious Cape Cod fall season. The difference between the two is a matter of some cleanup, creativity, and selective planting. Here are some photos that illustrate what I mean.

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Spreading Perennials

Fall is often mentioned as the time to dig and divide perennials. Yes, September is a great time to get into your flower beds and move things around. Be careful, however, of the “I can’t throw this plant out…where can I put it?” syndrome. With some plant, saving them is a make-work project for you.…

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Every Perennial Plant is Different

As I walk through my own gardens, and work among the plants at the store, I marvel at the vast array of perennials. There are plants that bloom in the winter and varieties that flower in the spring, summer or fall. There are perennials that hug the ground and those with flowers that tower over our…

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Best Plants and Products for Cape Cod

Today I posted revised lists of plants and products on our Best For Cape Cod web page.  Why make changes? Well, first of all, there are always going to be a plant or two that we’ve overlooked. Secondly, since we launched this educational effort four years ago there have been new plants that have come…

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On Your March, Get Set, Grow!

How on earth did it get to be almost March already? I don’t know about you, but time seems to evaporate on me. Although the days whiz by, however, this winter has been a great deal kinder to us and if the current trend continues we just might be in for an early spring.  This…

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What Is This Plant?

In the past week we’ve gotten three requests for plant identification. Although we can’t always ID plants from other parts of the country, we’re happy to help those on the Cape and Islands figure out what they have in their yards or the names of plants they see in other locations. Here are the photos…

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When Should I Cut Down Ornamental Grasses?

Here on the Cape people sometimes call ornamental grasses “beach grass” although they are not usually varieties that grow on the beach. But to those who live near the beach the blades of a Miscanthus (aka Japanese silver grass) or a Pennisetum (fountain grass) shine and move in the breezes just like the foliage of…

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