Garden Center Shopping: Comparing Apples to Apples

Garden Center Shopping: Comparing Apples to Apples

An email from a customer inspired this post. This person asked if we had 4 foot Leyland Cypress in stock, and if so, how much they are. After talking with D.J. in the nursery, and going out to to see the plants for myself, it struck me that this brings up a good point that customers should know about. When it comes to plants, price shopping by email or phone may not serve the customer well. These Leyland Cypress are a case in point. The less expensive ones are roughly the same height, give or take two to three inches. But they differ in terms width and bushiness. Look at the following photos:

These Leylands are priced at $29.00. They are nearly 4' tall, but fairly thin.

These Leylands are priced at $29.00. They are nearly 4′ tall, but fairly thin.

These plants are also about 4 feet tall but the pot size (and therefore the root system) is bigger and the plants have been sheared from early on so they are thick and full.

These plants are also about 4 feet tall but the pot size (and therefore the root system) is bigger and the plants have been sheared from early on so they are full. Some of these are shorter than the less expensive plants but they are much fuller.

Next, consider these plants that are $99. They are about six inches taller than the $79. plants and are also sheared and full looking.

Next, consider these plants that are $99. They are about six inches taller than the $79. plants and are also sheared and full looking. They also have a bigger rootball than the least expensive plants.

Finally, consider these that sell for $129.00 These plants are labeled as 4-5 feet but are all closer to 5. They are about twice as wide as any of the less expensive plants.

Finally, consider these that sell for $129.00 These plants are labeled as 4-5 feet but are all closer to 5. They are about twice as wide as any of the less expensive plants in the same size range, and they have a larger root system.

As you can see, what can accurately be called a “4 foot leyland” will vary quite a bit in size and appearance. There is no wrong choice here, so pick  according to your budget and how heavy a plant you can handle. But you can tell from these photos that with a phone or email conversation alone it’s impossible to compare the plants based on price alone. This is why we usually recommend that people come into the nursery and see the plants for themselves. Go in person and take a look at those offered by our competitors too so that you’re comparing “apples to apples.” And finally, if you’re buying three or more plants at Hyannis Country Garden, no matter which size and price you settle on, you’ll always get an automatic 20% discount!

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4 Comments

  1. Pat T. on April 24, 2015 at 8:26 am

    How quickly do these grow in height? I have found in our new development, the entrance Lelands are very tall in three years!

    • CLFornari on April 24, 2015 at 8:37 am

      Leyland Cypress gro 3 feet a year once established. Note that they grow wide as well as tall and they do not stop growing. Place these where they can get 30+ tall and 25+ wide!

  2. Jim Croak on April 30, 2015 at 11:24 am

    How are these key lands in regards to snow weight damage

    • CLFornari on April 30, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Jim,
      How Leyands handle heavy snow depends on how they’ve been pruned. Those that are sheared from early on are so thick that not much snow piles up on the branches. But if people don’t shear them starting the first year in the landscape, and let the limbs grow long, these can hold heavy snow until they break or the plant tips over. I hope that helps!

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