A Flowering Shrub Border

One of the most satisfying gardens to plant is a flowering shrub border. With a mix of the right shrubs, you can flowers from late winter into the fall. Shrub borders can be tall enough to provide privacy, or short enough for a foundation planting or making a background for perennials. And best of all,…

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Shrubs For Shady Places on Cape Cod

There are many shrubs that will grow well in shade on Cape Cod, especially if the location either gets a couple of hours of direct sun, or dappled sun through trees during the course of the day. Most shade-tolerant shrubs actually do best if they are receiving a little sun at some point. Blue mophead…

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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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