New Foundation Plantings

If the shrubs and trees around your house are no longer attractive, it might be time to replant your foundation beds. Here are 5 tips for planting great curb appeal.

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14 Fantastic Shrubs for Foundation Plantings

When planting shrubs around a foundation of your house, it’s smart to think of three things: foliage, flowers and the future. We focus on foliage because in most such beds it’s good to have a mix of some plants that keep their leaves all year (evergreens) and some (deciduous) that drop leaves in the winter.…

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Tips for Drying Blue Hydrangea Flowers

If you’ve cut blue hydrangeas earlier in the summer intending to dry them, you’ve no doubt been disappointed. But take heart…late August and early September is the time when these big blooms can be successfully cut, provided you choose the right flowers. Here are the tips for success. Don’t choose the fresh, light blue flowers.…

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Tips For Hydrangea Success

In this week’s post we celebrate the Hydrangea with tips for solving problems and having success with blue and pink-flowering plants; learn about changing color, dealing with browned flowers, spots on the leaves and drying the blossoms. The Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival starts this week, and Country Garden is so pleased to be a part…

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What Can I Prune in May?

In mid-May many people are wondering if it’s too late to prune their shrubs. Some have delayed spring cleanup because the weather has been so cold and damp while others just haven’t gotten to it yet. But here’s the good news: pruning is a great way to get outside and reconnected with nature, and you…

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Planning Now For More Color In Winter

March is a great month for advance planning, but when we think about what we’ll plant this spring and summer, don’t forget to access how your landscape looks now. I don’t know about you, but the view out some of my windows in the winter and early spring is of tree trunks, oak leaves, and random…

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Do I Prune My Hydrangeas In The Fall?

Some people notice that their neighbor has trimmed their blue hydrangeas down by half in October. Others wonder if they need to cut the brown flowers off their LimeLight or other Hydrangea paniculatas. Added to these questions is the confusion about when hydrangeas form their flowers, and how to prune them so that the most…

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