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This week in your Massachusetts garden & landscape


Week of August 6, 2018

The annual species of lobelia do much better in cooler summer climates than in hot, humid ones.  Plants thrive in large patio containers.  They don’t do as well in hanging baskets.  They are also beautiful as a border to the perennial garden.  They can withstand full sun in the northern climates, however, afternoon shade in the south is best.

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Week of July 30, 2018

Lantana is an annual that is resilient to heat and humidity.  Thriving in full sun, lantana is also very forgiving of a hard trimming during the growing season.  Whether it be to shape the plant or reduce its size, lantana won’t miss a beat.

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Week of July 23, 2018

Harvest zucchini or other summer squashes when the fruit is 3” – 4” long and still have the blossom attached. Their flavor will be far better than their much larger siblings.

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Week of July 16, 2018

The variegated foliage of Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ (Variegated Solomon’s Seal) is bright and beautiful in the shade garden.  Its sweet, sm.all flowers bloom in the spring adding to the beauty of this plant. 

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Week of July 9, 2018

Hypoestes phyllostachya (Polka Dot Plant) is a greenhouse grown plant and is an excellent choice for containers and as a groundcover.  They grow vigorously low and have interested spotted foliage.  They will tolerate full sun in the northern climates, however, they will need some shade for the afternoon in the south.

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Week of July 2, 2018

Spray garden phlox, roses and monardas with a solution of one tablespoon of baking soda to one gallon of water to prevent white powdery mildew on leaves.  Spray hollyhocks with sulfur to prevent rust spots on the leaves.

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Week of June 25, 2018

If you love the thought of being able to smell chocolate in the garden all summer, consider planting C. atrosanguineus (Cosmos).   Beautiful, dark purple flowers cover this annual plant.  They are perfect in a container and thrive in full sun and good drainage.

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Week of June 18, 2018

Helleborus xHybrids (Hellebore) is a great burst of early-spring color in the garden.  This perennial hosts a variety of colors to choose from that include purple, burgundy, pink, cream and yellow.  Hellebores thrive in part shade and well-drained soil.  Hardy in zones 4-9.

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Week of June 11, 2018

Ornamental peppers (Capsicum annuum) are often forgotten when planting containers. They are easy to use and only mature at 1’ tall. They bear white flowers which give way to green or white fruit maturing to brightly colored fruit.

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Week of June 4, 2018

Transplant peppers, melons, squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, and eggplant seedlings into the garden. If these seedlings have been grown in peat pots, tear off the rim before setting them in the soil to prevent moisture from wicking out of the root area.

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