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Perennials: long island daisy's, missouri botanical gardens, ceoc
missouri botanical gardens, ceoc, university of rhode island: Hi Fernando, Thanx for your question. From what I can gather, Long Island Daisies are also referred to as Montauk Daisies (Nipponanthemum nipponicum). The plants can be cut back by 1/2 in midsummer to encourage a more compact, bushy habit, but it will...

Perennials: Mums, colorful species, ivies
colorful species, ivies, pothos: Hi Dawn, Thanx for your question. A lot of the mums people receive as gifts that were bought in grocery stores and florists are a florist-grade of mum that are not hardy to your zone. In fact, they can even be difficult to keep as a houseplant for any...

Perennials: non blooming wisteria, flower buds, face north
flower buds, face north, sunny position: Hello Lisa I ve read your question over and over again, because although wisteria does have its pest and disease problems, your description indicates a generally healthy plant. As your wisteria drops its buds every year, but your neighbour has a specimen...

Perennials: Peonies w/blackening curling leaves, vancouver bc canada, master gardeners
vancouver bc canada, master gardeners, dark leaves: Hi Judy, thanx for your question. It sounds like your plant is experiencing some fungal attack. This is usually caused by too moist of an environment and inadequate hygiene. In the fall, when the leaves are turning yellow and dying back, cut them off slightly...

Perennials: perennial calla lilies, independent nurseries, calla lilies
independent nurseries, calla lilies, calla lilly: Paul, I totally agree with you. A lot of the plant growers are giant corporations that answer to stockholders. I m all for people making money including stockholders but not when the means are ethically and morally questionable. I think good business goes...

Perennials: perennial crysanthemums, burst type, star burst
burst type, star burst, plant bloom: Hi Janet, Thanx for your question. If you want to let your plant bloom now, you should deadhead it after each blooming period. After blooming you ll need to trim back to about 6 inches and then keep pinching back until about July 4th and you should get...

Perennials: plant suggestion for full sun, central florida region, island beds
central florida region, island beds, fan palms: Hi Lori, Thanx for your question. Saw palmettos, European fan palms and dwarf palmettos are all relatively low-growing palms 2-3 feet but can get bigger if allowed. As for frost resistant, the palms are, it s some of the other things that won t be like...

Perennials: what to plant in a west/south facing wet area, rain lilies, hardy hibiscus
rain lilies, hardy hibiscus, butterfly weed: Hi Rema, Thanx for your question. I would plant cannas, calla lilies (the large white ones are the hardiest), hardy hibiscus do well in moist/wet soil, rain lilies, crinum, gingers will do well but you may have to dig them up in the winter but some are...

Perennials: Rose of Sharon, garden fertilizers, definition of transpiration
garden fertilizers, definition of transpiration, lawn fertilizers: Hi Linda, Thanx for your question. Tip burning can be the result of too much fertilizer, particularly nitrogen. Lawn fertilizers can do this as can so-called garden fertilizers that are too high in nitrogen or fertilizers that are being applied without...

Perennials: rooting, purple cone flower, daffodil bulbs
purple cone flower, daffodil bulbs, tickweed: Hi Jamie, The plants I indicated you could root with water are an either or. Usually, the root powder works better but in the case of coleus and sweet potatoes, the water is fine. You cannot root gladioli. They come from a corm and the corm (bulb) will...

Perennials: roses/rabbits, repellent spray, high desert
repellent spray, high desert, rabbits: Hi Carrie, Thanx for your question. Rabbits, like deer, will munch on anything. We have a lot of rabbits in my area too but I have not noticed carpet roses being devastated by rabbits. You can put a rodent repellent (spray) around your carpet roses if...

Perennials: Stella de Oro Daylily complements, stella de oro daylily, light pink flowers
stella de oro daylily, light pink flowers, stella de oro: Hello Les %26 Jill There is a huge variety of Daylilies (Hemerocallis), but the majority of them seem to come in various shades of yellow. I have assumed that as you already have the golden yellow Stella de Ora, you are not looking for another yellow flower?...

Perennials: stella dores, stella d oro, lawn fertilizers
stella d oro, lawn fertilizers, day lily: Hi Gary, Thanx for your question. There are a number of reasons for the bottom leaves of the Stella d oro daylily to turn yellow. Too much water, not enough water, too much fertilizer (maybe seepage from lawn fertilizers that are high in nitrogen...). ...

Perennials: Tall Phlox - David, tall phlox, powdery mildew
tall phlox, powdery mildew, horticultural agent: Hi Marilyn, Thanx for your question. Unfortunately nematode controls are highly toxic and usually recommended just for professionals. The best nematode control is to destroy affected plants and plant new plants in an uninfected area. Nematodes can be spread...

Perennials: Want to identify this flower, oriental lily, amaryllis family
oriental lily, amaryllis family, flower bed: Hi Marci, Thanx for the additional information. It would really help if I could see the entire plant. If it s not a crinum then it is most like either an Asiatic or Oriental lily or some type of amaryllid that is hardy in the north. An example of that...

Perennials: weed be gone kills flowers, flower beds, couple weeks
flower beds, couple weeks, weed: Hi Shelly, Thanx for your question. Weed-B-Gone usually kills what it touches. Sometimes, if one doesn t get a lot of it on a plant, the plant won t completely die. The only thing you can do now is just wait. Hopefully, there wasn t enough exposure to...

Perennials: wisteria not flowering, british columbia canada, lawn fertilizers
british columbia canada, lawn fertilizers, lawn chemicals: Hi Lorraine, Thanx for your question. It may take 3 or more years for a wisteria to begin blooming once it has been purchased and then planted. Be careful not to use fertilizers that are high in nitrogen or all you ll get is green growth. If you use lawn...

Perennials: wooden flower boxes, window flower boxes, wooden flower boxes
window flower boxes, wooden flower boxes, water drainage: Hi Terry, Thanx for your question. The only issue I would have with the boxes is if they don t allow for water drainage. In otherwords, is water going to pool at the bottom of the boxes and make for a soggy environment for the roots of a plant? I don t...

Perennials: Yellow Canna, fish emulsion, beautiful blooms
fish emulsion, beautiful blooms, liquid fertilizer: Hi Crystal, Thanx for your question. I generally don t bother much with trimming cannas unless there is a really dead looking leaf and still I usually leave them alone. Just be careful not to cut away the dead material too close to the main stem. When...

Perennials: ASIATIC LILIES, usda hardiness zones, asiatic lilies
usda hardiness zones, asiatic lilies, asiatics: Hi Linda, Thanx for your question. Asiatic lilies are perennial from USDA Hardiness Zones 3-10. Make sure that the lilies you buy are guaranteed for your zone. Some Asiatics won t grow in the northern U.S. or colder parts of Canada such as in Saskatchewan,...

Perennials: Asiatic lily, asiatic lily, energy from the sun
asiatic lily, energy from the sun, excessive water: Hi Dev, Thanx for your question. The lilies are probably turning brown because of lack of water but they could be just going dormant. Has this not happened to you before? Just wondering because I used to live in Phoenix and I know the spring starts a lot...

Perennials: anthurium, fertilizer package, balanced fertilizer
fertilizer package, balanced fertilizer, soggy soil: Hi Jo Ann, Thanx for your question. Feed the plant a 12-12-12 balanced fertilizer according to the directions on the box. Usually, you can get this in liquid form and add it to the water you water your plants with. Make sure the pot and soil drain freely...

Perennials: Border Help, day lilies, coral bells
day lilies, coral bells, leaf sizes: Hi Sue, Thanx for your question. Hostas come in a great variety of leaf patterns, leaf colors and even bloom such as lavender, white, purple and pink, varying leaf sizes and shapes. Coral bells (heuchera) will do well in partial shade and this is another...

Perennials: Bougainvillea, garden compost, dry soil
garden compost, dry soil, poor soil: Hello Sherry Bougainvillea require fertile, moist, but well drained soil in a sunny position. The first thing you should do is compare the planting positions of the two groups of plants, taking particular note of the differences. If your failing...

Perennials: brown leaves onhydrangeas, liquid fertilizer, shady position
liquid fertilizer, shady position, cold nights: Hello Ray Hydrangea like to be kept fairly damp so if lack of water was the problem the leaves would be wilting and generally looking very sad. From your description I don t believe this is the problem. The other thing hydrangea needs is a shady position,...

Perennials: Calla Lilly, calla lillys, calla lilly
calla lillys, calla lilly, calla lily: Hi Jane, Thanx for your question. It sounds like your calla lily has finished blooming and is producing a seed pod. I would cut that off. The plant will not bloom again this season. The plant is going dormant. Allow it to dry out. The leaves will wither...

Perennials: Crape Myrtles (yellowing leaves), lawn chemicals, lawn fertilizers
lawn chemicals, lawn fertilizers, lawn fertilizer: Hi Bev, Thanx for your question. Has it been raining a lot and does the soil drain well? Wet feet can cause leaf yellowing but then again, so can prolonged periods of dryness. Another cause is lawn chemicals leaching into the soil where you have flowering...

Perennials: cala lily's, cala lily, calla lily
cala lily, calla lily, parent plants: Hi Brian, Thanx for your question. As the calla lily fades, it will start to turn yellow and close up while it starts forming a seed pod. I would cut the stems off at this point and discard the spent flower. This will save energy the plant is using to...

Perennials: calla lilies, lily flower, seed pod
lily flower, seed pod, calla lilies: Hi Cynthia, Thanx for your question. Once the calla lily flower has withered a seed pod may form. I think that s what you have. I would cut it off and throw it away. Making seed is a terrible drain on a plant. Unless you want to save the seed and try...

Perennials: Double Purple Althea Tree Form, althea tree, cold north wind
althea tree, cold north wind, north central states: Hi Theresa, Thanx for your question. The pots would be fine but remember, they still have to be shielded from the cold north wind, especially where you are in the north central states. If we re talking about Hibiscus syriacus (called Althea and Rose-of-Sharon),...

Perennials: Encore Azaleas, encore azaleas, composted manure
encore azaleas, composted manure, lawn fertilizers: Hi Anne, Thanx for your question. If you are pruning the plants be careful when you prune. Do so, if you must, right after they bloom. You might consider using an acidic type of fertilizer like Miracid or better yet just some honest-to-goodness plain old...

Perennials: english holly bushes, holly bushes, english holly
holly bushes, english holly, fine gardening: Hi A. Crabtree, Thanx for your question. I found a nice article on pruning English hollies in Fine Gardening. The link is attached below. A general rule is to prune right after blooming or in the case of hollies in the spring. The more severe one prunes,...

Perennials: flowers, black eyed susan, eye susan
black eyed susan, eye susan, clay soil: Hi Don, Thanx for your question. The short answer is yes. Too much humidity and dampness will cause black spot on Black-eyed-Susan. It s a type of fungus. Not much you can do about it except if it gets too bad, start removing the worst infected leaves....

Perennials: foxglove maintenence, perennial foxglove, black seeds
perennial foxglove, black seeds, hot weather: Hi Shannon, Thanx for your question. Perennial foxglove will start some new growth around the crown of the plant closest to the ground. It looks like this particular plant (thanx for the pic) is done blooming. I d cut off the stalk. If this is a biennial...

Perennials: hibiscus, composted manure, balanced fertilizer
composted manure, balanced fertilizer, tropical hibiscus: Hi Tom, Thanx for your question. If you re talking about tropical hibiscus, sometimes it can take a while for them to get started once the warm weather has returned. Try a balanced fertilizer or just some well-composted manure. Leave the plants in full...

Perennials: honeysuckle budding dried flowers?, container garden, dried flowers
container garden, dried flowers, honeysuckle: Hi Shannon, Thanx for your question. Where are you located? Why is the honeysuckle being grown in a bucket? Is the plant in full sun? It sounds like it s not getting enough water and/or nutrients. The plant should have leafed out by now. If the plant...

Perennials: ivy and brick houses, brick and mortar, brick houses
brick and mortar, brick houses, brick walls: Hi Ann, Thanx for your question. Ivy doesn t normally harm brick or mortar unless the mortar is already unsound. Most damage is done when ivy grows into wooden parts of the wall such as windows. That s why you must closely maintain ivy when allowing it...

Perennials: Japanese Lilac Tree, japanese lilac tree, sandy soil
japanese lilac tree, sandy soil, side dressing: Hi Chris, Thanx for your question. Your tree must have suffered some kind of damage. I don t think it was cold damage because the tree is hardy to Zone 3. Wind is one of the principal causes of damage. I would cut back the parts that are dead because...

Perennials: Knockout Roses, knockout roses, dry climates
knockout roses, dry climates, warm areas: Hi Donna, Thanx for your question. Pot-grown plants need water every day, especially in hot, dry climates. You may have to water twice a day in some very warm areas of the Plains States and the Southwest. A sidedressing of well-composted manure is far...

Perennials: Leaves drying up and turning black, black eyed susans, blackish brown
black eyed susans, blackish brown, hot weather: Hello Anita As you haven t said that you ve seen any pests on the leaves and this particular plant is usually disease free, I m thinking that this may simply be a drought problem. Have you had a spell of hot weather? Try watering your plants with a...

Perennials: Lily of the Nile Yellowing Leaves, lily of the nile, balanced fertilizer
lily of the nile, balanced fertilizer, adequate drainage: Hi Alene, Thanx for your question. There are a number of reasons the leaves of the Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus) are turning yellow. Too much water: make sure soil is free draining. If in a pot, make sure there is adequate drainage and no standing water....

Perennials: Moving clematis, blossom buds, cow manure
blossom buds, cow manure, perennial plants: Hi Judy, Thanx for your question. The best time to move perennial plants is in the early spring or early fall but I have moved them at all times of the year except the deep of winter. Snip off the blooms and any blossom buds and go ahead and move the vine....

Perennials: magnolia bush, bloom period, berny
bloom period, berny, blooms: Hi Berny, Thanx for your question. The standard answer for pruning of blooming shrubs is right after the bloom period. I would think it s too late now and you will be cutting off blooming buds for next year. If that s not important, go ahead and trim it...

Perennials: Periwinkle wilting, bedding plants, lavender flowers
bedding plants, lavender flowers, horticultural agent: Hi Dell, Thanx for your question. Sorry it took so long to get back to you. It sounds like your periwinkles are the victims of a fungal attack. This could be a botrytis variety or some other varieties that can quickly spread and destroy a planting. Anti-fungals...

Perennials: Planting perennials, perenial plants, planting perennials
perenial plants, planting perennials, perennial seeds: Hi Judy, Thanx for your question. June is a good month to plant perennial seed. Many people start perennial seed indoors up to 10-12 weeks before the last frost. Start your seeds indoors to coincide setting them outdoors with the last frost. You will...

Perennials: Please ID, weigela florida, north central massachusetts
weigela florida, north central massachusetts, cow manure: Hi Steven, Thanx for your question and the picture. The plant looks like a weigela bush. These shrubs will produce flowers of pink, white or red or some shrubs will produce all or a combination of the some of the colors. The shrub has average soil needs...

Perennials: Preen and Star Jasmine, jasmine plants, germination of seeds
jasmine plants, germination of seeds, star jasmine: Hi Ariston, Thanx for your question. Preen does not affect perennial plants or plants that are already growing. All Preen does is prevent seeds from germinating. It is known as a pre-emergent meaning it stops the germination of seeds. It will not harm...

Perennials: peonies, planting peonies, html access
planting peonies, html access, blooms: Hi Robert, Thanx for your question. Some peonies can be propagated from seeds. Here is a link I think you will find helpful regarding planting peonies from seed. http://www.peonies.org/faq2.html Access the FAQs regarding Seeds I hope this helps....

Perennials: Ranunculus, cow manure, goat manure
cow manure, goat manure, clay mix: Hi Lee Anna, Thanx for your question. I ve planted ranunculi before and not had much luck but I did have a few come up and bloom for me. First, soak the claw-like roots overnight in tepid water. Next, dig 15 cm holes in the soil. If you have a lot of...

Perennials: Rose of Sharon, warm wet sand, double flower
warm wet sand, double flower, root cluster: Hi Deb, Thanx for your question. Unfortunately, the broken branch of your shrub cannot be used as a cutting as it is too large and mature and it will not root. You have double flower variety which says to me that it s probably a hybrid so you don t want...

Perennials: You're too smart. Thanks on 'callas', edmonton alberta canada, aztec lily
edmonton alberta canada, aztec lily, sprekelia: Hi Lee Anna, Thanx for your question. USDA does classify Edmonton as Hardiness Zone 3A. There is a map which has been classified for the whole of North America. Calla rhizomes aren t as tender as those of S. Formosissima. You are right to keep them...

Perennials: how to get rid of weeds in juniper ground covering, weed roots, weed seeds
weed roots, weed seeds, how to get rid of weeds: Hi Tess, Thanx for your question. You can put Preen in the bare spots until the juniper takes over completely. It will prevent the germination of weed seeds but it won t control perennial growth. So, it won t harm the juniper but it also will not harm...

Perennials: Seed Pods, seed pods, seed pod
seed pods, seed pod, seed production: Hi Marty, Thanx for your question. Unless you are saving seeds, many plants benefit from having the flowers deadheaded before seeds are produced. Production of seed requires an incredible amount of energy from the plant. In the case of annuals, seed production...

Perennials: Stella Dora Lillies, liquid fertilizer, rich soil
liquid fertilizer, rich soil, compost: Hello Pat When you replanted your divided plants did you enrich the soil with compost? Daylilies do like a rich soil and also like to be in full sun. I suspect that you need to give your plants a regular feed with a liquid fertilizer. If they are...

Perennials: shasta daisies, shasta daisies, dead heading
shasta daisies, dead heading, compost: Hello Ruth Once the flower has faded you should follow the stem down either to another bud or down to the ground and snip it off with secatuers. It is usual to have one really stunning flush of flowers initially, then sporadic flowering for the rest of...

Perennials: stella doro seed, stella doro, rare allergy
stella doro, rare allergy, seed pods: Hi Linda, Thanx for your question. I have handled all kinds of day lily seed pods and seeds and never run into this type of reaction (or any for that matter) before. Please call your physician and have him/her look at your hand. You could have a rare allergy...

Perennials: Tiger lily, tiger lillies, tiger lilies
tiger lillies, tiger lilies, oriental lilies: Hi Lynn, Thanx for your question. It is natural for tiger lilies to grow 6feet tall. That means they are getting the appropriate water, nutrients and sun. To get them to stunt would be harmful to them physiologically and would probably adversely affect...

Perennials: Tree Peony, tree peony, tree peonies
tree peony, tree peonies, plastic baggie: Hi Judy, Thanx for your question. Yes, it sounds like seeds. It isn t so much that it is difficult to grow tree peonies from seed but that it takes such a long time to get a flowering plant. Here s what you do. 1. Harvest seed as soon as it is...

Perennials: Troubleshooting Liriope, calvert county maryland, variegated liriope
calvert county maryland, variegated liriope, land grant university: Hi Sue, What exactly are you looking for? It sounds like the beds get sun for most of the day. It sounds like you re looking for plants 12-36 inches tall. Alternate-blooming perennials like coneflower, liatris, rudbeckia, coreopsis, low-growing ornamental...

Perennials: transplanted rose of sharron, traumatic injury, shrub
traumatic injury, shrub, blooms: Hi Neal, Thanx for your question. It s very common for a large tree or shrub to experience shock at being transplanted. It may get to the point where it looks like it is dead before it starts to recover. By transplanting, there has been traumatic injury...

Perennials: tree ferns, tree ferns, winter mulch
tree ferns, winter mulch, moist soil: Hi Catherine, Thanx for your question. Yours is the second or third question I ve received from the UK regarding the bad winter and tree ferns. By now, if your tree ferns haven t sprouted, they re probably done for. If you see no signs of growth, they...

Perennials: Wild Iris, black hills of south dakota, iris species
black hills of south dakota, iris species, wild iris: Hello Brenda I think this may be an example of the Iris species called Iris missouriensis, which is native to the northern part of North America. This would tie in with where you saw it. However, if you would like a second opinion the AllExperts gardening...

Perennials: wintering pond cannas, bales of hay, trees and shrubs
bales of hay, trees and shrubs, eastern exposure: Hi Chris, Thanx for your question. You can overwinter them anywhere where the temp is above 40°F (4.4°C) and 50°F (10°C), dry and dark area. Another thing you can do if you absolutely have no protected place like this is dig a trench 18 inches deep next...

Perennials: my wisteria plant, ohio state university, ohioline
ohio state university, ohioline, hyg: Hi Maria, Thanx for your question. Wisterias need to be heavily pruned and fed in order to get the profuse flowering. They need at least 6 hours of full sun, soil that does not dry out too much and a moderate pH. Here is a link I think you will find helpful...

Perennials: Zone, zone 9b, climate zone
zone 9b, climate zone, gardening zone: Hi Claudia, Thanx for your question. I would say you are more in Zone 9b than 10 which is more likely along the coast of Southern California. You re somewhere in between being somewhat inland near Pomona and Whittier. The Sunset Western Gardening zone...

Perennials: 1. Lenten Rose (christmas plant) 2. What is a good winter perennial for around a fountain pond, red twig dogwood, hardy bamboos
red twig dogwood, hardy bamboos, daphne odora: Hi Kay, Thanx for your question. There are several things you can do to enhance a winter look around your pond. You can use yellow or red twig dogwood to bring some color into the pond area as well as ornamental grasses. They won t be green but they will...

Perennials: Asian Lilies, beautiful blooms, lilies
beautiful blooms, lilies, best time: Hi Kathy, Thanx for your question. The best time to thin your Asian lilies would be in the fall, after the foliage has yellowed and withered. Dig the bulbs up, separate them and replant them in the desired locations. There will probably be a lot of small...

Perennials: acalypha curly green, usda hardiness zones, slow release fertilizer
usda hardiness zones, slow release fertilizer, zone 9b: Hi Dawne, Thanx for your question. Acalypha wilkesiana Curly Green is native to the South Pacific and hard in USDA Hardiness Zones 10 and 11 although it is naturalizing in Central Florida, Zone 9b. This means, it may tolerate light frost with which you...

Perennials: azalea name, azalea society, north tisbury
azalea society, north tisbury, light salmon: Hi Martha, Thanx for the additional information. There are a series of azaleas called Yaye. Yaye White, light salmon pink stripes, chartreuse North Tisbury throat, sgl, 4 ,ruffled,medium low spreading, to 18 , bluish green leaf. (-15) or Yayoi...

Perennials: Butterfly Bush, soggy soil, butterfly bush
soggy soil, butterfly bush, clay soil: Hi Becky, Thanx for the additional information. In my previous response, I should have said that too much rain will NOT kill the plant unless it is standing in soil that does not drain well. If you have heavy clay soil and the shrub is sitting in soggy...

Perennials: Butterfly Bush, butterfly bush, perennial plants
butterfly bush, perennial plants, little trouble: Hi Becky, Thanx for the additional information. I asked about when you planted the shrub because oftentimes, shrubs and some perennial plants will have a little trouble adjusting to their new surroundings after planting. They won t be in peak performance...

Perennials: butterfly bush, butterfly bush, pphb
butterfly bush, pphb, university of connecticut: Hi Barb, Thanx for your question. Insects that eat plants don t always hang around like aphids and others that inhabit the undersides of plants. It could be grasshoppers. It could also be caterpillars or beetles. There aren t many pests of butterfly bush....

Perennials: Calla Lily, seed pods, lawn chemicals
seed pods, lawn chemicals, seed pot: Hi Pam, Thanx for your question. There is some kind of nutrient your plants are not getting. Use a 5-10-10 or 5-10-5 fertilizer. Keep the soil evenly moist and don t allow it to dry out. It s good that you have them protected against the hot afternoon...

Perennials: Calla lilies, yellow calla lilies, fetilizer
yellow calla lilies, fetilizer, calla lily: Hi Joyce, Thanx for your question. Usually, after the calla lily blooms the spathe (the yellow part) starts turning green as the seeds develop. Eventually, the spathe will start to wither and the seeds will turn yellow and become exposed. You should clip/deadhead...

Perennials: Coneflowers, aster yellows, leaf hopper
aster yellows, leaf hopper, black eyed susan: Hi Sue, Thanx for your question. Coneflowers are prairie flowers and tend to be very tough and resilient so I don t think the Black-eyed Susan is taking over because of its numbers. I think the problem may be one of two things, either aster yellows carried...

Perennials: calla lilies, calla lilies, fungal disease
calla lilies, fungal disease, rhizomes: Hi Karfen, Thanx for your question. It sounds to me like the soil is not draining well. If the rhizomes are becoming soggy and slimy at the base, this is a fungal disease. I wouldn t plant anymore callas in that space. Look for well-drained soil in moderate...

Perennials: climatis, clematis, pests
clematis, pests, soap: Hi Laura, Thanx for your question. Can you be a bit more descriptive please in what is going on with the clematis? What have you used? Have you seen any pests? Aphids are a common pest and are usually on the underside of leaves. Very small, green, yellow,...

Perennials: double purple althea, althea, root system
althea, root system, seeds: Hi Jon, Thanx for your question. Hibiscus syriacus (althea) has a deep tap root and so I don t think there will be much of a problem having the plant near the pool as long as it is not planted right next to the concrete or liner. This plant can be invasive...

Perennials: Flowers, flower plant, forest region
flower plant, forest region, bright colors: Hello Phyllis When I read your question the plant that immediately sprang to mind was the Gerbera - a large daisy-like flower which comes in a variety of bright colors. It would look lovely tucked behind the ear! My best advice, though, would be to...

Perennials: Fuschia / Hydrangea Disease - Help!, dead plant material, watering plants
dead plant material, watering plants, mature plants: Hi Sian, Thanx for your question. Without pictures, it s not easy to come to a determination of what kind of pest or disease the plant may have. It sounds like botrytis which is a type of fungus to which both plants can be susceptible. Botrytis is aggravated...

Perennials: Identify this colorful plant, gladiola, grandmother
Perennials: Identify this colorful plant, gladiola, grandmother, mississippi

Perennials: Mysterious Moonflower Plant, baby plant, flower bed
Perennials: Mysterious Moonflower Plant, baby plant, flower bed, special friends

Perennials: flower?, little buds, flower beds
little buds, flower beds, compositae family: Hi Brenda, Thanx for your question. I see the liatris. The other plant looks like a weed that is a member of the compositae family which are related to daisies, asters, etc. I m pretty sure it s a weed, just don t know the exact variety. Let me see a...

Perennials: gladiolus, colorful flower, corms
colorful flower, corms, profusion: Hi Bill, Thanx for your question. The corms will get larger the longer they are left in the ground. This produces a much sturdier and colorful flower. Eventually though, a bunch of cormlets will form around the mother bulb which will disappear as the cormlets...

Perennials: gladolia, soil temps, first frost
soil temps, first frost, corms: Hi Tabatha, Thanx for your question. Gladioli (plural for gladiolus) are not reliably hardy in zones colder than Zone 7 although I have had some winter over in the backyard, during warmer winters here at the edge of Zone5/6. I recommend digging up the corms...

Perennials: Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar, hyalophora cecropia caterpillar, cecropia moth
hyalophora cecropia caterpillar, cecropia moth, tomato hornworm: Hi Duane, Thanx for your question. What you have is the cecropia moth which is not generally considered a pest although it sounds like it is taking a bit of a toll on some of your plants. I would think you would be able to control the moth with Bt (Bacullis...

Perennials: Hydrangeas, nikko blue, alkaline soil
nikko blue, alkaline soil, horticultural agent: Hi Carol, Thanx for your question. If you have Nikko Blue or one of the other blue hydrangeas, these plants respond well to acidic soil. That s what keeps them blue. The soils of the Eastern part of the U.S. tend to be a lot more acidic than soils in...

Perennials: hardy hibiscus, hardy hibiscus, root system
hardy hibiscus, root system, shrubs: Hi Mary, Thanx for your question. Yes, you can separate the hardy hibiscus. Dig it up in the fall and separate in half. If you still have enough root system, separate it down again. I go by the handfull theory. A handful of roots will make a viable plant....

Perennials: Identify this colorful plant, flower base, colorful plant
flower base, colorful plant, crocosmia: Hi Ed, Thanx for your question. The plant looks like Crocosmia, maybe the Lucifer cultivar. Crocosmia are not reliably hardy in Zone 6 but some will overwinter. I ve had them overwinter a couple years and then disappear. If you are in the warmer half...

Perennials: Identifying a plant, hardy hibiscus, plant question
hardy hibiscus, plant question, bottom leaf: Hi Bernadette, Sorry it has taken so long but I have been looking for the name of this plant which I believe to be a weed. It is very common in the praires. Here is a link to a picture. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ambrosia_trifida_full_shot.jpg...

Perennials: Mysterious Moonflower Plant, moonflower plant, doing the dishes
moonflower plant, doing the dishes, yellow flower: Hello Brenda This is certainly odd - I ve never heard of a yellow Moonflower! However, it acted like a Moonflower, coming out as it did at night and in a matter of seconds. You can raise Moonflower from seed, which you can normally buy at any plant...

Perennials: moon flower(shrub type), balanced fertilizer, moon flower
balanced fertilizer, moon flower, nice flowers: Hi Sally, Thanx for your question. You probably need to feed the plants. Potted plants lose nutrition very quickly as watering leaches out the nutrients. Use a 12-12-12 balanced fertilizer and follow the directions on the package. Moonflowers will tolerate...

Perennials: non-blooming lantana, drip irrigation, lawn fertilizers
drip irrigation, lawn fertilizers, lush foliage: Hi Mimi, Thanx for your question. Is your lantana getting fertilized? If so, you may want to cut back on it. Too much nitrogen can cause all green growth at the expense of blooming. Are you overwatering? Lantana likes to dry out but it will tolerate...

Perennials: potato vine, solanum jasminoides, potato vines
solanum jasminoides, potato vines, potato vine: Hi Linda, Thanx for your question. The potato vine prefers full sun to partial shade with average water requirements. If the leaves are curling up, look for pests such as whitefly, aphids and spider mites. Spider mites are very tiny and may be difficult...

Perennials: Stella D'oro From Seed, stella d oro, glass jar
stella d oro, glass jar, zone 5: Hi Marie, Thanx for your question and thanx for using the search engine because it can be a lot of help. Basically, I would put the seeds in a glass jar and seal it or a plastic cannister. Keep the seeds, cool, dry and in a dark place and they should keep...

Perennials: Stella diors, yellow sprouts, stella d oro
yellow sprouts, stella d oro, seed pods: Hi Nancee, Thanx for your question. Your gardener at the gold club is correct. The green things you describe on your Stella D Oro day lilies, are seed pods. If you deadhead (remove) the flowers before they form the pods, it will help improve blooming otherwise...

Perennials: Stella Lily, seed pods, ft diameter
seed pods, ft diameter, flower bed: Hi Sandy, Thanx for your question. The objects you speak of at the top of the stems of your stella d oros are seed pods. I agree with your friend to remove them, stalks and all and yes you should get some more minor blooming. As for the shrub, if you...

Perennials: Tiger Lilly (Lilium Tigrinum), lilium tigrinum, lilium lancifolium
lilium tigrinum, lilium lancifolium, plants and shrubs: Hi Randy, Thanx for your question. Lilium tigrinum/Lilium lancifolium is known to be a probably carrier of a number of diseases and viruses. It is sometimes referred to as the the Typhoid Mary of the garden. Susceptible plants are mainly other lilies...

Perennials: Trying to find a name, green leaves, houseplants
green leaves, houseplants, home gardening: Hi Emma, Thanx for your question. Although I have some houseplants, I m not at all an expert at them. I would like to refer you to Tracey, our Allexperts, expert on Houseplants. You can access Tracey s expertise by going to Home/Gardening, click on Gardening...

Perennials: tiger lillies, tiger lillies, tiger lilies
tiger lillies, tiger lilies, dormant period: Hi Cathy, Thanx for the additionaly information. I should have asked. Lack of water is definitely a possibility. In that case, when we are experiencing our typical, hot, humid, rainless July summer days, we give our flowerbeds a good soaking once a week...

Perennials: Whisteria, pea pod, multi faceted
pea pod, multi faceted, long distances: Hi Donald, Thanx for your question. It sounds like you re describing wisteria. Here s a link to what the plant looks like. http://www.humeseeds.com/wisteria.jpg Yes, you can kill it. It will take several applications of something like Roundup® or...

Perennials: watering, best time, hot water
best time, hot water, plants: Hi Don, Thanx for your question. The best time is in the morning before it gets too hot. Water at the base of plants instead of overhead. Overhead watering contributes to disease and can actually cause plants to burn as it gets hotter. If you absolutely...

Perennials: winterizing a raised flowerbed, usda hardiness zone, cold north winds
usda hardiness zone, cold north winds, moose jaw saskatchewan: Hi Vickie, Thanx for your question. In the future, if you want to store bulbs, place them in some netted bags and hang them in a cool, dry, dark cellar or basement. The cooler the better as long as it s not freezing. The bulbs can keep for a long time like...

Perennials: Austrailian Tree Fern, temperate rain forests, tree ferns
temperate rain forests, tree ferns, afternoon sunlight: Hi René, Thanx for the additional information. I m in the Kansas City area, so, I m very familiar with your climate. Tree ferns come from the temperate rain forests of Australia and New Zealand. The problem you are having is with extreme heat and moisture....

Perennials: bearded iris, iris rhizomes, victoria bc canada
iris rhizomes, victoria bc canada, bearded iris: Hello Bea Yes, you can certainly store your iris rhizomes over the winter. What you should do now is cut down the foliage by about half, to help the rhizomes to build up energy for their winter hibernation. Dig up the plants at the end of this month or...

Perennials: Calla Lilies, calla lilies, alkaline soil
calla lilies, alkaline soil, calla lily: Hi Katie, Thanx for your question. When you planted the calla lily rhizomes the first time, they were different colors and the second year they came up pink? The only thing I can think of is feeding. Did you feed them? Some bone meal and a bulb food would...

Perennials: Condition of Calla Lilly, calla lilly, calla lilies
calla lilly, calla lilies, seed pods: Hi Joan, Thanx for your question. It sounds like you have seed pods at the end of your calla lilies. This is common. You can snip them off as they will suck a lot of energy out of the rhizomes, or, if you want to try to grow them from seed. remove the...

Perennials: calalillies, lawn fertilizers, rhizomes
lawn fertilizers, rhizomes, bone meal: Hi Darlene, Thanx for your question. It might depend upon when you transplanted the rhizomes. If they were already sprouting, this can cause them to be shocked and reduce blooming while the green growth continues. Did you separate the rhizomes so they...

Perennials: cant find the name of my blooming flower, flower seeds, blooming flower
flower seeds, blooming flower, pods: Hi Scott, Thanx for your question. Is there any chance you can post a photograph of the flower and plant? Can you describe the plant more in depth please? How tall is it? What do the leaves look like? What happens to the pod after the flower wilts? ...

Perennials: creeping charley, broadleaf herbicide, creeping charley
broadleaf herbicide, creeping charley, flower bed: Hello Georgia This plant is really a menace! Can you believe that it was once recommended as a ground cover plant? How to get rid of it? In grass you can use a Broadleaf herbicide, which you can get from the garden center - read the label to...

Perennials: daffodil bulbs, daffodil bulbs, dry basement
daffodil bulbs, dry basement, fridge: Hi Linda, Thanx for your question. You can keep the bulbs in the fridge as long as you don t have any apples in the cripser. Keep them in a netted bag. You can also keep them in a cool, dark, dry basement or cellar for many months. I hope this helps....

Perennials: Gardenias, potted gardenia, afternoon sunshine
potted gardenia, afternoon sunshine, miracid: Hi Cecilia, Thanx for your question. Chances are, your soil is alkaline. Most soils from Central Kansas to California are alkaline and the alkalinity goes up the farther west one goes. You can buy soil sample kits at garden centers or you can contact the...

Perennials: Ground Covers and/or Grasses for Flagstone Joints, organic lawn care, high country gardens
organic lawn care, high country gardens, lawn care tips: Hi Miguel, Thanx for your question. The plant in the picture you asked after is a type of sedum. There are hundreds of types of sedums. Most sedums don t do well being continually walked upon. They do grow well in between rocks, in walls, in rock gardens,...

Perennials: Groundcover that doesn't attract bees, uc davis, ecosphere
uc davis, ecosphere, ventura counties: Hi Steve, Thanx for your question. This was kind of a hard one for me because most of the ground covers seem to have a lot to do with periodic or constant blooming or, they re invasive and not recommended for Southern California. Several that I have seen...

Perennials: hydrangeas, cold spell, buds
cold spell, buds, shrub: Hi Rebecca, Thanx for your question. Have you been pruning your hydrangeas? The best time to prune them is right after blooming. Later than that and you run the risk of pruning off the blooming buds. Also, a late cold spell will kill off blooming buds...

Perennials: insect identification, trailing verbena, insect expert
trailing verbena, insect expert, adult insect: Hi Helen, Thanx for your question. I am not an insect expert or expert in entomology. However, we do have 4 experts here at Allexperts who can help you. Please go back to Home/Garden and click on Gardening and then click on Pests. I hope this helps. ...

Perennials: liatris perennial, liatris spicata, star seed
liatris spicata, star seed, hi mary: Hi Mary, Thanx for your question. After the liatris has bloomed and the blossoms have dried up, here is what the seed package looks like. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2006/1518263805_66bb1b7ca5_o.jpg If you strip this dried material off the stalk...

Perennials: mexxican heather, cuphea hyssopifolia, cypress chips
cuphea hyssopifolia, cypress chips, mexican heather: Hi Sylvia, Thanx for the additional information. I m sorry it has taken so long to get back. I ve been a bit behind on things and the holiday put me even farther behind. Have you tried using Lantana? Lantana comes in a number of different colors including...

Perennials: moving tree hydrandga, pine needles, evening sun
pine needles, evening sun, afternoon sun: Hi Judy, Thanx for your question. I would trim the shrub back to make it easier to handle but it s not necessary. Then digout a foot from the shrub and dig deeply all around until you are able to loosen the rootball. Yes, you will cut through some of the...

Perennials: Phlox plant, garden compost, spider mites
garden compost, spider mites, pink phlox: Hello Becky It is possible that you are killing this poor plant with kindness! It really doesn t need to be watered every 3 days! I bet you don t water you established phlox that often - if at all? Certainly cut down the dead stems and leave the healthy...

Perennials: Pieris Japonica, cypress bark, grass clippings
cypress bark, grass clippings, soil level: Hi Judy, Thanx for your question. To transplant Pieris japonica, I would severely trim it back to make it easier to handle. You re not going to be able to save all the roots but what you want to do is have a significant rootball. Dig down about 18 inches...

Perennials: phlox, nitrogen fertilizer, plant bud
nitrogen fertilizer, plant bud, lawn fertilizers: Hi Phil, Thanx for your question. If you re using a high nitrogen fertilizer, that could be preventing blooming and forcing the plant to concentrate all it s growth on green growth. Lawn fertilizers leaching into the garden can cause this too. The only...

Perennials: Red currant bush, currant bush, grass clippings
currant bush, grass clippings, red currant: Hi Judy, Thanx for your question. You won t be able to save all the roots but you can dig down about 18 inches deep and about 1 foot out all the way around the shrub. But first, trim the shrub back so that it will be easier to handle. After you extract...

Perennials: removing perinnials after they are bloomed out, rudbeckia hirta, black eyed susan
rudbeckia hirta, black eyed susan, garden compost: Hello Toni Both these plants are perennials, which means that they die down completely during the winter and grow again the next year - they will do this year after year - so no need to remove them at all. Both these plants can be treated in the same...

Perennials: stella de oro daylilies, stella de oro, day lilies
stella de oro, day lilies, phosporus: Hi Rebecca, Thanx for your question. Usually, day lilies just need one season to recover from dividing but sometimes it can take two years. Make sure you fertilize them with a fertilizer lower in Nitrogen(N) than in Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K). Too...

Perennials: Transplanting Perennials, blueberry bush, flower bed
blueberry bush, flower bed, northern bc: Hello Carrie No, it s not too late to transplant your perennials - in fact, this is the perfect time, as the earth will still be warm from the summer and the plants will have plenty of time to put down good roots before the winter cold sets in. For a...

Perennials: tulip bulbs, lillies, tulip bulbs, daylillies
tulip bulbs, daylillies, lillie: Hi Michael, Thanx for your question. You can move anything you want right now, just use the following tips. Cut back green growth to make it easier to handle the plants. You can even cut the rose bushes back to within a few inches above the crown. It...

Perennials: Wisteria, nw washington state, degree weather
nw washington state, degree weather, hot weather: Hi Cindy, Thanx for your question. It sounds quite possible that the unusually hot temperatures caused the plant to temporarily suffer a set back. Check the soil to make sure it isn t too dry. If it is, give the plant a good soaking and then soak it well...

Perennials: yellow bells, tecoma stans, yellow bells
tecoma stans, yellow bells, lawn fertilizers: Hi Gail, Thanx for your question. If you re talking about Tecoma stans (yellow bells) common in the Southern portion of the U.S., these are pretty carefree plants. They even do well in hot, dry conditions like in and around the Phoenix and Tucson areas...

Perennials: bring perennials in the garage for the winter, shower hook, tender plants
shower hook, tender plants, facing window: Hello again Pam I think that huge south facing window could have been the problem. I bet that room gets really warm when the sun is shining straight into it? That would certainly make the leaves wilt and drop off! A room with good light, but no direct...

Perennials: butterfly bush, butterfly bush, side dressing
butterfly bush, side dressing, root ball: Hi Michael, Thanx for your question. You can cut the butterfly bush to about 1 or 2 feet above ground, dig up the root ball and divide it or chop it in half with a clean, sharp machete or knife. Promptly replant the other half and take your divided half...

Perennials: CLIMBING HYDRANGEA, organic fertilizer, shady position
organic fertilizer, shady position, dappled shade: Hello Dorothy OK - two problems here. Hydrangeas prefer a dappled shade and lots of water. Being right at the base of a tree means that the shade is probably dense and the hydrangea is being starved of nutrients and, most importantly, getting no water....

Perennials: Clematis flowering problem, british clematis society, tomato fertilizer
british clematis society, tomato fertilizer, lawn fertilizers: Hi Brent, Thanx for your question. If you are feeding your clematis, don t use any fertilizers high in nitrogen. If lawn fertilizers (high in nitrogen) are leaching into the ground where the clematis is growing this can inhibit blooming and result in nothing...

Perennials: Garden Mums - Houston, Texas, garden mums, flower bed
garden mums, flower bed, blooms: Hello Teresa Could you tell me how your the Mums are taking over your garden? For example, have the plants just got very big and are now crowding out the other plants? I m guessing that s the case, but I need to know for sure before I start advising...

Perennials: Honeysuckles in Colorado, cow manure, lawn fertilizers
cow manure, lawn fertilizers, side dressing: Hi Caliopi, Thanx for your question. It may do your honeysuckle well to be trimmed all the way down close to the ground to generate new growth. You can do it now, which is an excellent time of year for pruning back this vine. Also, make sure the vine is...

Perennials: hosta, black eyed susie, black eye susie
black eyed susie, black eye susie, black eyed susan: Hi Joe, Thanx for your question. With the hostas, I wouldn t do anything with them. Once it gets cold, the leaves will shrivel up and disappear. The plant will re-emerge in the spring when it gets warmer. These are tough plants and you shouldn t have...

Perennials: hydrangea, gree, manure
gree, manure, early spring: Hi Joan, Thanx for your question. The plant probably needs some fertilizer. A good hydrangea food or Miracid should do the trick or side dress with well-composed manure. Do this in early spring, early summer and then finally in late summer. For the fertilizers,...

Perennials: Lily of the Nile, calgary alberta canada, plant wilts
calgary alberta canada, plant wilts, lily of the nile: Hi Deb, Thanx for your question. The best method I can recommend is to allow the plant to start to go dormant as your temperatures drop. The plant is not frost hardy but one light frost won t kill the roots. Still, I would keep the plant out doors as long...

Perennials: Limelight Hydrangea, limelight hydrangea, soggy soil
limelight hydrangea, soggy soil, moist soil: Hi Kaitlyn, Thanx for your question. As long as the plant is sitting on a rise and the ground continues to drain, the plant will be okay. If this area of your yard has a bad habit of draining slowly though, you may want to move the plant now. Hydrangeas...

Perennials: Moonflower, moonflower vine, potting compost
moonflower vine, potting compost, tall fence: Hello JoAnn You can start new plants from the seeds. Open the pods and extract the seeds, Nick each one with a sharp knife (be careful!), Soak the seeds in a suitable container overnight, Fill a 4 plant pot (measured across the top) with moist...

Perennials: Moonflower, pods, receptacle
pods, receptacle, stalk: Hello Debbie Once the pods are ripe (dark and dry), open then up and remove the seeds. Place the seeds in a brown paper bag - if you can t get a brown paper bag any dark colored receptacle that can be closed up will do, but not a plastic bag! Put the...

Perennials: NON FLOWERING HYDRANGEA
Hello again John When you take a cutting from a plant to grow into a new plant you are effectively creating a clone of the parent plant, so it will show all the same characteristics. However... with nature you just never know!! Give it a go, I say......

Perennials: peach tree, fertilizer spikes, tree fertilizer
fertilizer spikes, tree fertilizer, john innes: Hi Marcella, Thanx for your question. I agree with your garden center. The plant is suffering from transplant shock. It will probably not perform well until well into next year s growing season. Continue to ensure it gets watered once a week and feed...

Perennials: perennials that can hold up against dogs, drought tolerant plants, hens and chicks
drought tolerant plants, hens and chicks, hardy perennials: Hi Elaine, Thanx for your question. I think the plants you have picked out are nice and tough. The lavender may even be a deterrant because of it s strong fragrance. The median area is a tough area so you want to put something there that will tolerate...

Perennials: purple potted calla lily care, calla lily, calla lilies
calla lily, calla lilies, warm location: Hi Serrien, Thanx for your question. It sounds to me like the plants may be going dormant in which case there is nothing you can do about that. That is part of the plant s natural life cycle. The best thing you can do is allow the plant to go dormant by...

Perennials: Rhodedendron & Water, rhodies, begonias
rhodies, begonias, copious amounts: Hi Gary, Thanx for your question. Did you check the soil? If the soil is muddy and does not appear to be draining well, yes, there is too much water. Rhododendrons require a good amount of water but you live north enough that you don t have to apply copious...

Perennials: replanting existing lantana
Hi Sharon, Thanx for your question. I m going to assume you live in an area where lantana overwinters. If that s the case, now is good time to move it. You may want to cut it back so that it will be easier to move. These are tough plants. Dig as much...

Perennials: Upright Perennial Hibiscus, hibiscus moscheutos, hardy hibiscus
hibiscus moscheutos, hardy hibiscus, dead limbs: Hi Tom, Thanx for your question. When did you notice the limbs were dying on your hydrangea? Did you notice when the leaves started wilting? Did you check closely for any signs of an insect or fungal parasite? Approximately how much of the plant is now...

Perennials: whisteria, legume family, seed pod
legume family, seed pod, wisteria: Hi Anita, Thanx for your question. The object you describe is a seed pod. I would remove it and throw it away. It can take 15 years or more for a wisteria to grow to blooming size from seed. Wisterias are in the legume family. I hope this helps. To...

Perennials: Company: Direct Gardening, mail order companies, mail order company
mail order companies, mail order company, stark brothers: Hi Tim, Thanx for your question. I haven t purchased any trees except fruit trees from mail order companies. I have dealt successfully with Stark Brothers, Gurney and Henry Fields. The Wichita area should have a nice selection of nurseries to choose from...

Perennials: holly, royal forestry society, golden queen
royal forestry society, golden queen, kent england: Hi Carol, Thanx for your question. Blue Princess is a female holly, Golden Queen (believe it or not!) is a male type. Here is a link to the Royal Forestry Society. They should be able to help you find what you are looking for. http://www.rfs.org.uk/learning/holly...

Perennials: lily look, sun plants, holiday plants
sun plants, holiday plants, good soil: Hi Beverly, Thanx for your question. Without knowing what you have, I really can t tell you what to do or if the plant is still alive. Some lilies or lily-like plants will expend themselves because they were forced by nurseries to bloom during the holiday...

Perennials: mystery plant that looks very familiar, flower petals, yellow cosmos
flower petals, yellow cosmos, mystery plant: Hi Suzy, Sorry to take so long but we had a snocomotion here and although I missed a few days at work, was not able to get to Allexperts until today. I believe the flower is a yellow cosmos. Yes, cosmos is an annual but some varieties will grow very tall...

Perennials: Peonies in pots, nitrogen fertilizer, composted manure
nitrogen fertilizer, composted manure, side dressing: Hi Donna, Thanx for your question. You can grow peonies in containers. I recommend 16-20 containers about 18-24 inches deep. Give them some well composted manure. Don t use a high nitrogen fertilizer. You ll need to separate the rhizomes every 4 or...

Perennials: Poinsettia leaf dropping, inch pots, kansas state university
inch pots, kansas state university, hi mary: Hi Mary, Thanx for your question. Poinsettias will benefit from bright light and watering once a week in a pot that drains well. Here is a link from Kansas State University that has some excellent information for caring for a poinsettia as a houseplant....

Perennials: weeds in ground cover, torpedo grass, ground cover
torpedo grass, ground cover, preen: Hi Terri, Thanx for your question. Treflan® is a pre-emergent for grass and broadleafed weeds. I do not recommend its use. I think it is dangerous and not at all good for the Earth compared to some of the other chemicals a person could use. I am not against...

Perennials: Begonias inside, begonia tubers, american begonia society
begonia tubers, american begonia society, vegetable crisper: Hi David, Thanx for your question. I don t normall keep begonias over the winter. I think I tried a couple of times and the tubers dried up. But, here is some information from the American Begonia Society you may find helpful. http://www.begonias.org/Articles/StoringTuberou%20BegoniasWinter.htm...

Perennials: Bouganville, chain link fence, ficus trees
chain link fence, ficus trees, balanced fertilizer: Hi Walter, Thanx for your question. There are a number of reasons why your bougainvillea might be losing leaves and sometimes, it s just coincidental or seasonal. If you have been having drought conditions, the plant will drop leaves only to replace them...

Perennials: Calla Lily, calla lily, seed pods
calla lily, seed pods, seed pod: Hi Rosalyn, Thanx for your question. I apologize for any confusion my previous instructions may have caused. I live in Zone 5/6 which is similar in climate to your area. So, wait until the seed pod (ball) turns yellow/brown and starts to split open. This...

Perennials: Coleus Plants, fertilizer spikes, coleus plants
fertilizer spikes, coleus plants, pot saucers: Hello Sallie Do the plants look happy - leaves looking fresh and full of life? If that is the case, stop worrying! Just keep checking the soil. If, on the other hand the leaves look droopy or are falling off, it may be that they are a little too...

Perennials: collecting seed, bloody cranesbill, growing plants from seed
bloody cranesbill, growing plants from seed, f1 hybrids: Hi Jonathan, Thanx for your question. I look forward to helping out any way I can. There have always been a lot of people here in the Internet community willing to help me out with my horticultural questions and that s how I have learned much of what I...

Perennials: how to grow lillies from seed, stargazer lily, day lilies
stargazer lily, day lilies, tiger lily: Hi Jonathan, You are most welcome. Be sure to contact me any time if I can be of service. Let me know what happens. Earlier when I said it was a waste of time to try to grow hybrids from seeds. I realized that was rather harsh. When I first started out...

Perennials: Help, cross breeding hibiscus?, genus prunus, genetic compatibility
genus prunus, genetic compatibility, apriums: Hi Desi, Thanx for your question. The matters you re asking after are a bit above my expertise. I understand the basics of genetics but, I am by no means an expert. I can tell you what I do know. I know that hybridizing involves genetic compatibility....

Perennials: Keeping Coleus Plants Alive, Overwintering, Coleus
Overwintering, Coleus, light: Hi Sallie The Coleus Blumei is best treated as an annual as they are difficult to overwinter as they need lots of sun and natural light to keep their coloring. They heat and humidity and need the flower spikes taking off as they take all the energy from...

Perennials: moving a rose, roses, transplanting
roses, transplanting, pruning: Greetings Jonathan, It is amazing that you asked this question, because two years ago on October 24 I moved a Morden Blush that had been at its then location for six years. I was not sure that it would survive the move, but it was becoming completely overwhelmed...

Perennials: pansies and violas, annuals and biennials, viola cornuta
annuals and biennials, viola cornuta, bedding plants: hello Daniel I m a newcomer on here and your my first question. Pansies and Violas are grown in every garden and are very popular bedding plants. Most people grow them as annuals and biennials. (Pansies as annuals and Violas as biennials). They are short-lived...

Perennials: plantin rose of sharon seeds, warm environment, lancaster pa
warm environment, lancaster pa, hibiscus: Hi Jose, Thanx for your question. I do not recommend planting Rose-of-Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) now. I would hold the seeds over until about 8 weeks before the last frost and then plant them indoors in separate pots. They will germinate in a warm environment...

Perennials: separating siberian irises, siberian irises, fall weather
siberian irises, fall weather, new roots: Hello Sherri As long as the weather remains mild the soil should still be warm so it should be OK to transplant your irises now, although they may not have time to put down new roots before the colder weather arrives. After the transplant you could cover...

Perennials: Shade lovers, pawpaw trees, shade loving perennials
pawpaw trees, shade loving perennials, wood poppy: Hi Desi, Thanx for your question. There are lots of things you can plant in shade like that. Creeping myrtle, ivy, ferns, hostas, columbine, wood poppy, crested iris, hardy geranium, pulmonaria, astilbe. Also, dogwood and pawpaw trees will grow in shaded...

Perennials: Sick hibiscus mutibilus, Hibiscus, protecting
Hibiscus, protecting, pruning: Hello I am truly sorry for the couple of months you have been waiting for my answer but my computer has been playing up and I have only just managed to get it fixed! If you could give me an update on its state of health and I will gladly help out and...

Perennials: transplanting, purpose compost, pieris japonica
purpose compost, pieris japonica, acid soil: Out all day. Just came back from a two year old’s birthday party and saw your questions, so here we go. OK! Let’s start at the top! I’ll answer some of these now and tackle the rest later. Plants are patented for the purpose of making money. If you have...

Perennials: various, seed pods, plant pot
seed pods, plant pot, plant pots: Hi Jonathan, Thanx for your questions. Hi Basically, if a plant is patented, you are prohibited from propagating it without permission and the appropriate royalties paid to the hybridizer. This is an ethical and a moral issue and it is for you to decide...

Perennials: Winterizing potted evergreens, gallon pots, northeastern pennsylvania
gallon pots, northeastern pennsylvania, extreme cold: Hi Neil, Thanx for your question. I think moving the potted pencil hollies (I think that s what you have.) into your screened in patio will suffice as enough protection from the north wind. They will still get light from the outside but will be protected...

Perennials: Cómo plantar una wisteria, desperate housewives, orange california
desperate housewives, orange california, injerto: Hola Dafne, Gracias para su pregunta. Si Ud. tiene plantas de semillas, se requiere 15+ anos para florecer. La mejoridad de las wisterias que se venden en los E.E.U.U. son propagadas por injerto y las plantas se venden en las tiendas tienen 3-7 anos y pueden...

Perennials: Winter mulching, knockout roses, bark mulch
knockout roses, bark mulch, lilac bushes: Hi Kim, Thanx for your question. I would leave the bark be and then if it is recommended in your area to use additional mulch, follow local guidelines and mulch on top of the bark. If you re in zone 5 and you alread have bark down, I don t see where you...

Perennials: bouglavilla, Bouganvilla, fertilization
Bouganvilla, fertilization: Hello again, Nancy! Nice to hear from you! Bougainvillea are heavy feeders that require either regular fertilization, or timed release fertilization. Nitrogen and phosphate are important ingredients in the fertilizer you choose, but it’s most important...

Perennials: Cape Honeysuckle Bushes, cape honeysuckle, warm temperatures
cape honeysuckle, warm temperatures, hard frost: Hi Patty, Thanx for the additional information. It sounds to me that they are just dormant. If you ve got some new growth appearing. If you had none, then, I would be concerned. Cape Honeysuckle is hardy from zones 9-11. Cool South Nevada winters could...

Perennials: calla lily, calla lily, zone 7a
calla lily, zone 7a, seed pod: Hi Jean, Thanx for your question. Good luck with potted callas. They can be very difficult to get to come back but it sounds like you did the right thing to keep them in dormancy. If you use the plant as a potted plant, you may replant the rhizomes any...

Perennials: clematis care, deer proof plants, tomato food
deer proof plants, tomato food, edinbrough: Hi Janet, Thanx for your question. Any rose or tomato food will work nicely for your clematis. You want a fertilizer that is low in nitrogen (otherwise all you will get is green growth) and higher on phosphorus. Fertilize in the spring after the last frost...

Perennials: Daylillies, side dressing, hard freeze
side dressing, hard freeze, nw florida: Hi Lyn, Thanx for your question. Every three years, you must thin out your daylilies. Even though they may not appear crowded, they do crowd quickly and the more of them there are the less blooms. I would not feed at all. I used to live in NW Florida...

Perennials: Gardenia with frostbite, new leaves, frost bite
new leaves, frost bite, frostbite: Hi Sue, Thanx for your question. Let s wait and see how much of the shrub was actually adversely affected by the frost bite before we do any pruning. After the shrub start recovering and filling out, you can start spot pruning any branches that fail to recover....

Perennials: hibiscus, composted manure, sun water
composted manure, sun water, mid summer: Hi Linda, Thanx for your question. The hibiscus should really be exposed to light for about 8 hours a day. Keep it lightly watered so the soil doesn t dry out completely and do not feed it. When temperatures are consistently above 50°F. Place the plant...

Perennials: Ixora, Ixora and cold temperatures
Ixora and cold temperatures: Hello Nancy, Ixora is a wonderful plant, and how nice that you have a trio. It is definitely a perennial in zones 10 and 11. I know that South Carolina is in zones 7a to 8b. Is Hilton Head warmer? Ixora is often grown as an annual because it cannot handle...

Perennials: ixora maui red, ixora maui red
ixora maui red : Greetings Jeanie! Your ixora maui red is probably showing its unhappiness at the change of temperatures. The Maui series is more tender than most. And yes, it is supposed to be able to handle temps down to 20 degrees. But was it windy? 24 degree air can...

Perennials: Perennial Grass, south western ontario, perennial grass
south western ontario, perennial grass, root balls: Hi Ryan, Thanx for your question. I would really wait until mid to late March just to be on the safe side. The roots are still going to be susceptible to freezing. I suppose if you could dig a nice deep whole to accommodate the whole rootball comforatably...

Perennials: Plant Identification, flower petals, yellow cosmos
flower petals, yellow cosmos, expid: Hi Suzie, Sorry about the mixup. I thought I answered the question. Must have gotten lost in cyberspace. Anyway, I believe the plant is a yellow cosmos which is a half-hardy annual and considered a wild flower in some parts of the U.S. I believe it has...

Perennials: removal of euonymus coloratus, professional landscaper, weed killer
professional landscaper, weed killer, broadleaf plants: Hi Anne, Thanx for your question. How much of it do you have? If you just have a manageable amount, spot treat with Roundup or dig it up. I recommend Roundup myself. It biodegrades quickly and I know it is not popular amongst some folks but, I use it...

Perennials: 30 Year Old Rhododendrons Ailing, rhododendron bushes, tappan zee
rhododendron bushes, tappan zee, blue rhapsody: Hi Carol, Thanx for your question. If you are seeing new leaves then the root ball of the plant is still alive. You may have had some considerable damage to the rest of the plant but it sounds to me like the plant is still alive and trying to come out of...

Perennials: Brown Daisy Bush, Bush Daisy
Bush Daisy: Hello Margaret, First, we should be sure that we are talking about the same plant. Is your daisy bush a plant with glossy-green leaves, and yellow daisy-like flowers? If so, I can help. Daisy bush grows in USDA Zones 8 - 11. Originating in Africa, it’s...

Perennials: blue iris reticulata care, iris reticulata, plastic pot
iris reticulata, plastic pot, spring bulbs: Hi Shakti, Thanx for your question. A lot of the potted, flowering spring bulbs you see in the store or florist have been forced. That means that someone has forced the bulbs to start blooming early. This results in a tremendous amount of energy being...

Perennials: Columbine Origami, ft walton beach florida, 40s 50s
ft walton beach florida, 40s 50s, ft walton beach: Hi Desirai, Thanx for your question. Many references indicate that cold treating Columbine (Aquilegia) seed benefits germination. I have never used cold treatment and have always had good look with germination. Currently, I have columbine outdoors here...

Perennials: calla lily, calla lilly, calla lilies
calla lilly, calla lilies, calla lily: Hi Mary, Thanx for your question. Generally, calla lilies are not hardy in zones cooler than 7 for Zantedeschia aethiopica. The smaller, colored callas are not hardy in zones colder than 8 or 9. You can plant your calla out in the garden after the last...

Perennials: Daylilies indoors, Grow lights, shop lights
Grow lights, shop lights, fluorscent vs. incandescent bulbs: Hello I heartily agree with your choice of fluorescent bulbs over incandescent. Fluorescents have a very long life and are much cooler to the touch. I have used them satisfactorily for many years. But it is not necessary to use the agrosun bulbs (expensive...

Perennials: Dylilies, stella d oro, ppaf
stella d oro, ppaf, daylilies: Hi Jim, Thanx for your question. As near as I can tell from my references, Little Business was hybridized by Maxwell and registered in 1971. Ruby Stella is a hybrid of Stella d oro which is a hybrid itself. A patent has been applied for (PPAF) for...

Perennials: dying verbena, southwest florida, factsheets
southwest florida, factsheets, buds: Hi Gail, Thanx for your question. Check the plant very closely to see if there are any pests or signs of disease. None of the other plants seem to be affected? Could be nematodes. Take a look at this link and let me know what you think. thx, T http://plantclinic.cornell.edu/FactSheets/nematodes/nematodes.ht...

Perennials: help with bougainvillea?, woody vine, zone 9b
woody vine, zone 9b, composted manure: Hi Desirai, Thanx for your question. The bougainvillea is a lovely, thorny, woody vine native to tropical South America. It is not hardy below Zone 9b which excludes Alabama except possibly the Gulf Coast area where it would be susceptible to winter kill,...

Perennials: iris transplanting, spring weather, irises
spring weather, irises, blooms: Hi Kate, Thanx for your question. If your soil is not frozen, go ahead and transplant now, otherwise, I would wait until the ground is able to be worked. You may experience fewer if any blooms because of disturing the roots but the plant will be okay. ...

Perennials: Lilac (tree?) pruning, lilac tree, purple lilac
lilac tree, purple lilac, new bush: Hi Debbie, Thanx for your question. I know what I would do to this shrub/tree but it may not be right because I m not an expert at shrubs. I would leave it as a tree and sculpt the outgrowths in order to get some kind of symmetry to it. Remember, don t...

Perennials: late june bloomers, black eyed susans, climing roses
black eyed susans, climing roses, calla lily: Hi Kimberly, Thanx for your question. Tulips and daffodils will not be blooming in late June even in Wisconsin. If you want cut flowers, look for zinnias, sunflowers, roses. When I say roses, there are a number of varieties of roses that will be blooming...

Perennials: perrenials sunburned, boston ferns, tropical hibiscus
boston ferns, tropical hibiscus, warm temperatures: Hey right back at you, Jamie! From my personal experience, tropical hibiscus and ferns are very forgiving plants. I have had tropical hibiscus that were quite burned, and ferns I thought were dead, or seemed to disappear completely only to have them spring...

Perennials: pruning, flowering shrubs, long island ny
flowering shrubs, long island ny, rule of thumb: Hi Jewel, thanx for your question. The various types of hydrangeas have different pruning requirements. Here is a link to a very good hydrangea resource that I think you will find most helpful. If this still isn t clear, let me know and I ll see if I...

Perennials: rosemary, rosemary plant, first frost
rosemary plant, first frost, suceptible: Hi Patricia, Thanx for your question. Rosemary pruning can be done anytime during the spring or summer up until 4 to 6 weeks before the first frost. If you prune rosemary any other time it tends to cause the plant to produce new growth rather than hardening...

Perennials: rosemary, Pruning rosemary
Pruning rosemary: Hello Patricia, Early spring is the ideal time to prune your rosemary (you want to avoid pruning when the plant is going into dormancy). The other good times are (at least) 45 days before frost, or times when the plant is not flowering. But early spring...

Perennials: springtime tulips, florist industry, spring bulbs
florist industry, spring bulbs, cold period: Hi Yehuda, Thanx for your question. Generally, tulips should be planted in the fall. They need a cold period in order to bloom and grow the next season. If you are looking at tulips that have been potted and forced to bloom, those will most likely not...

Perennials: stella seed, stella d oro, stella de oro
stella d oro, stella de oro, black seeds: Hi Diana, Thanx for your question. Stella d oro lilies (daylily) should be small, black seeds. The powdery, dust stuff, I can t tell you what that is but it s not stella d oro seed. Perhaps it s another flower that your friend has mistaken for something...

Perennials: zebra grass, zebra grass, root ball
zebra grass, root ball, zebra: Hi Roma, Thanx for your question. You can separate your zebra grass now. I would trim it down to the ground if you haven t done that already. Dig up the root ball and split it. You can split the rootball down to the size of a handful of roots. Of just...

Perennials: Compost, composted manure, compost bin
composted manure, compost bin, horse manure: Hi Mini, Thanx for your question. In my experience, I have found that daylilies rarely require any supplemental feeding in fact, it can result in more green growth and less blooming. If you think you need to put down compost for the lilies, use well-composted...

Perennials: Crocus, Hardware cloth, galvanized staples
Hardware cloth, galvanized staples, squirrels: Hello again Mini, Squirrels are tough. You will need a physical barrier. I find that the best way to keep squirrels away from your bulbs in the fall is to use hardware cloth, which you can find cheaply in a hardware store in sheets or rolls. Do not use...

Perennials: climbing perennial, trumpet vines, chain link fence
trumpet vines, chain link fence, virginia creeper: Hi Lynn, This question proved to be rather difficult for me. Some of the vines I thought would be harmless like honeysuckle, Virginia creeper and trumpet vines are very toxic to dogs and cats. Clematis too. Climbing roses are not. Grape vines aren t but...

Perennials: Dianthus grows in different colors, natural variation, potting soil
natural variation, potting soil, oak leaves: Hi Shelly, Thanx for your question. I have two thoughts on this. One is that you have a hybrid plant going to seed and the resulting plants have reverted back to other generations where there is lots of variation in colors and patterns. The second thought...

Perennials: daffidils, moving bulbs, dividing bulbs
moving bulbs, dividing bulbs: Dear Dick (God morning!), It’s funny that you ask this, because last month I dug up daffodils in bud in the ground and transplanted them to pots. They are now blooming. Any bulb, particularly one as forgiving and hardy as daffodils, can be dug up at...

Perennials: Finding Flower, purple flower, google
purple flower, google, aql: Hi Deanna, Thanx for your question and your patience. I ended up buying an on-line copy of the magazine so I could look at the plant and try to get some information. Then I went to Google and located Aeonium Zwartkop which is a type of succulent. I am...

Perennials: Flower Identification, st augustine florida, missouri botanical gardens
st augustine florida, missouri botanical gardens, flower identification: Hi Linda, Thanx for your question. This plant looks like spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis. Be careful, this plant can become a pest. Personally, I detest it. Once it gets in the garden, it s hard to get rid of. They can come in purple, blue, white and...

Perennials: growing a magnolia bush in Iowa, magnolia kobus, magnolia acuminata
magnolia kobus, magnolia acuminata, star magnolia: Hi Diane, Thanx for your question. Yes, I would agree with Magnolia stellata (star magnolia) as a possibility. It seems that the saucer magnolias have a propensity for blooming too early in the north (I even saw some complaints about this in the South.)....

Perennials: Hardy hibiscus, hardy hibiscus, root ball
hardy hibiscus, root ball, permanent damage: Hi Kim, Thanx four your question. Yes, the hardy hibiscus should still be dormant or at least somewhat. Just dig up the whole root ball and then divide with a sterilized sharp hatchet of machete. Make sure you have at least a fistful of roots. After restoring...

Perennials: Heart Vine, ty ty ga, georgia cooperative extension
ty ty ga, georgia cooperative extension, invasive species in florida: Hi Deborah, You can probably fine the air potato, cinnamon vine, yam on ebay or at this website http://www.georgiavines.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5&products_id=709 D. bulbifera is listed as a minor problem in certain areas of Georgia....

Perennials: How to kill voles & clematis vines, clematis vines, oyster shells
clematis vines, oyster shells, organic gardeners: Hello Tracy, Voles are particularly determined creatures. After much trial and error I found that they steer clear of daffodils, which they can smell. Daffodils are poisonous. When I had problems with voles eating my lilies (they LOVE them) I started...

Perennials: Mulch, red wood chip, asiatic lilies
red wood chip, asiatic lilies, handsome appearance: Greetings again,Mini When I mention a mulch free zone I’m really referring to the fact that you should not have mulch packed against the base of the daylilies. As you rightly say, some mulch will fall in but it will be light and fluffy and opposed to pack...

Perennials: Mums, winter dormancy, cold weather
winter dormancy, cold weather, mulch: Hi Dawn, Thanx for your question. Remove the mulch after the last frost and cut off all the old growth and burn it. Mums are pretty hardy and while it is still cold in Illinois this time of year, the plants are getting ready to come out of winter dormancy....

Perennials: Round up, Roundup
Roundup: Hello Teri, One of the virtues of round up is that it only works on the plants it touches. The other virtue is that is is very short acting, and decomposes quickly. You could pour a gallon of it on your bird of Paradise and safely plant another one the...

Perennials: sweet broom, sweet broom, warm weather
sweet broom, warm weather, sun area: Hi Pam, Thanx for your question. Did you plant the sweet broom in a container/pot? It sounds to me like the shrub got stressed. I ll wager it s pretty warm in Texas by now and the combination of warm weather and transplanting has stressed the plant out...

Perennials: TIGER LILY, Tiger lilies
Tiger lilies: Hi Steve, Whether your lilies have the strength to bloom after being divided has to do with the size of the bulbs and the level of fertilization that you provide. Did the lily bloom last year? Did you simply separate blooming sized bulbs? Did you give them...

Perennials: Transplanting question..., grape plants, grape vine
grape plants, grape vine, muscadine grape: Hi David, Thanx for your question. Yes, this is a great time of year to move your muscadine grape plants. You ve got the right idea about diging the root-ball up and plant it in a hole that is slightly deeper and wider than from where the plant came. Water...

Perennials: transplanting a burning bush, burning bush, northeastern ohio
burning bush, northeastern ohio, early spring: Hi Janet, Thanx for your question. Yes, the best time to transplant burning bushes is in the early spring but you still have time. I would get to it this week or next before it starts getting too warm so there is less stress on the plant. I hope this helps....

Perennials: transplanting lillies, rhizomes, pink lady
rhizomes, pink lady, lillie: Hi Dawana, Thanx for your question. I would let the lilies grow and bloom this season and then in the late summer or fall, when their foliage starts to yellow and wilt, dig up the bulbs or rhizomes and separate them. You can plant them 8-12 inches apart...

Perennials: Uncovering plants, cold north wind, cold spell
cold north wind, cold spell, snow and ice: Hi Debbie, Thanx for your question. Take the bags off and just give the containers a good mulching of the leaves so that the sprouts can grow through. This is mid-April and I know you probably have your last frost about mid-May. Your perennials should...

Perennials: Weeping Redbud Tree, u s forestry service, college station tx
u s forestry service, college station tx, tree diseases: Hi Linda, Thanx for your question. I m not really a tree expert but we do have one here on Allexperts. If you will go back to Home/Gardening and click on Trees and then click on Trees again, you will find our expert Jim Hyland. Jim has worked for the U.S....

Perennials: Asia lillies, orange beetles, lilies
orange beetles, lilies: Hello Scott, Firstly, I am assuming that the beetles are orange, and not red? Believe it or not, if they are in fact orange that is good news. The red would be the lily leaf beetle. I take it (excuse the grossness) that your beetles are not leaving excrement...

Perennials: Calla Lilly, callas, dormancy
callas, dormancy: Dear Diana, Amazing! I have several pink calla lilies that I am even now bringing out of dormancy after a winter sleep! Calla lilies definitely go into a period of dormancy. During that period of “sleep” they get the energy to bloom again. By watering...

Perennials: companion planting, endless summer hydrangea, knock out roses
endless summer hydrangea, knock out roses, purple coneflower: Hi Elizabeth, Thanx for your question. I m not much of a garden planner. I can grow things and keep them growing but I don t have much of an artistic or landscaper touch. What I can suggest to you is to use irises and use several kinds. The German bearded...

Perennials: disease in perennials, azalea lace bug, oregon state university
azalea lace bug, oregon state university, rhododendron: Hi Mandy, Thanx for your question. It looks like Azalea Lacebug damage. See link to Oregon State University http://oregonstate.edu/dept/nurspest/azalea_lace_bug%20clup%206.htm The links at Oregon State will lead you to effective biological and cultural...

Perennials: Flowering plant, plant question, coral tree
plant question, coral tree, extreme south: Hi Ireleen, Thanx for your question. You correctly identified the plant is erythrina. Coral tree is another name for some types of erythrina. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erythrina. So, I really wasn t much help at this as, I did not know what the plant...

Perennials: flowers changing color, asiatic lily, candy stripe
asiatic lily, candy stripe, warm temperatures: Hi Gail, Thanx for your question. There are several possibilities as to why your plants are changing color. In the case of the columbines, they can be short-lived perennials that readily reseed. If you had a hybrid, the parent plant may have died and a...

Perennials: gardenia plant, gardenia, hardy
gardenia, hardy: Greetings Jo, What a nice gift! In answer to your question, gardenias are definitely perennials. Unfortunately, they are not particularly hardy. There are frost proof cultivars which can handle zone 7b, but you probably have the type that is only hardy...

Perennials: Identify Flower, summer snowflake, mail order
summer snowflake, mail order, leucojum aestivum: Hi Peggy, Thanx for your question. I believe this plant is botanically, Leucojum aestivum or Summer Snowflake or Giant Snowflake. Native to North Africa but naturalized in Europe and Northeastern U.S. It is also sold as a spring bulb by a lot of mail order...

Perennials: italian heather, frost hardy, closest city
frost hardy, closest city, potted plant: Hi Janie, Thanx for your question. You can grow Italian heather outside until it frosts. The plant is not frost hardy and is only hardy to about 20°F-28°F. It is a native of South Africa. If you willa ccess our FIND button, you can find several other...

Perennials: italian heather in zone 6, erica ventricosa, zone 8b
erica ventricosa, zone 8b, zone 9a: Hi Kat, Thanx for your question. Italian Heather, Erica ventricosa is only hardy down to about 20°F-28°F/-2°to -6°C, so that means about Zone 9a, reliably, possibly Zone 8b. Zones 6 and 7, are pretty much cold zones. I hope this helps. To...

Perennials: jumbo elephant ear bulbs slow to grow, elephant ear bulbs, planting elephant ears
elephant ear bulbs, planting elephant ears, excess rain: Hi Victoria, Thanx for your question. We ve had excess rain up here too and with that comes cooler soils. With cooler soils comes slower growth of tropical bulbs like elephant ears. Just a little more patience. That Texas sun will be heating the ground...

Perennials: Planting in a circular bed, perennials for sun/shade
perennials for sun/shade: Hello Shelley, I too am in zone 5a, and I experienced a situation very much like yours. When the bed was initially established, it was in full sun, but as the years passed it became shadier. There are really many plants that fit your parameters. I have grown...

Perennials: Possible damage to plants, acid loving plants, trisodium phosphate
acid loving plants, trisodium phosphate, algae blooms: Hi Joseph, Trisodium phosphate runoff is not good for the environment. It can cause algae blooms in waterways. It is also heavily alkaline and can drastically change the pH of soil and water. I am not a chemist or scientist so all I can go by is what I...

Perennials: about rubrum lily, rubrum lily, composted manure
rubrum lily, composted manure, miracle gro: Hi Anagha, Thanx for your question. Lilium speciosum var. rubrum is hard to Zone 4 a. You don t need to grow it in a pot unless you have no yard, etc. If you want to put the bulb in a larger pot, that s fine. Make sure the pot will allow you to plant...

Perennials: wind damage, side dressing, ruppel
side dressing, ruppel, wind damage: Hi Jim, Thanx for your question. The best thing to do now for the plants is to keep them hydrated and mulched with some straw to keep their feet cool. They ll recover. Give them a side-dressing of well-composted manure to make sure they get enough nutrition...

Perennials: Asian lilys, energy from the sun, lilys
energy from the sun, lilys, foliage: Hi Annette, thanx for your question. Wait until August or September or at least when the foliage of the plant turns yellow and starts to wilt. While the foliage is green, it is gathering energy from the sun and converting it to starches to be stored in...

Perennials: baby dogwood tree, dogwood tree, drop of rain
dogwood tree, drop of rain, garden plants: Hi Desirai, Thanx for your question. Yes, I see Jim Hyland is on vacation until the end of the month so I will try to do my best. Actually, this one isn t hard. The extreme heat is what is getting to your little dogwood. Dogwoods are generally found growing...

Perennials: blackeyed susans, Staking, black eyed susans
Staking, black eyed susans: Good morning, Kenny! The best staking materials are often those that are the least obtrusive. I personally like bamboo stakes, but another alternative is twiggy branches from your own yard. Try putting bamboo poles around the perimeter of the clump...

Perennials: blue dune lyme grass, dune grass, cow manure
dune grass, cow manure, cold temps: Hi Mark, Thanx for your question. The standard answer is that it is best to plant perennials in the early spring or late fall. I plant them whenever I want to as long as there is no imminent frost coming in the next 30 days. This gives the roots time enough...

Perennials: Datura, stem rot, brugmansia
stem rot, brugmansia, withers: Hi Sharon, Thanx for your question. Are these wild datura or potted brugmansia which are closely related? In either case it sounds like some kind of problem in the soil and/or root. Have you looked closelya t the stem and foliage to identify a pest? Another...

Perennials: Datura problem, spider mites, dormant oil
spider mites, dormant oil, common enemy: Dear Sharon, Let’s look at some other causes of leaf drop: Drought stress: with insufficient watering the stem will remain but the leaves will drop. What is your watering schedule? I have experienced this too. Or the opposite: Too much water and...

Perennials: Daylily, leaf compost, day lily
leaf compost, day lily, root ball: Hi Mini, Thanx for your question and thank you for sending the pic. This is what a day lily rhizome is supposed to look like. There is plenty of root material here. Just go ahead and dig a space deep enough and wide enough to fan the roots out and cover...

Perennials: Help with Perennial Identification, garlic, good luck
Perennials: Help with Perennial Identification, garlic, good luck, plants

Perennials: Flower ID, st augustine florida, hibiscus family
st augustine florida, hibiscus family, rose of sharon: Hi Linda, Thanx for your question. It looks like a Rose of Sharon to me (Hibiscus syriacus) which grows in many parts of the U.S. It is hardy to zone 5 and is a member of the hibiscus family. It can be considered an invasive species in many areas. It...

Perennials: Help with Perennial Identification, garlic plant, horticulture agent
garlic plant, horticulture agent, wild onion: Hi Janet, Thanx for the follow up. It s definitely an allium. Allium is just the genus of onion-type plants which comprise a large group of wild and domesticated plants. Some of them bloom beautifully like flowering onions, leeks, etc. Some don t flower...

Perennials: Hummingbird vines, Campsis radican, bareroot
Campsis radican, bareroot, trumpet vine: Greetings Karl Henry! I understand your confusion about receiving what appear to be dead twigs. I򭠳ure that you already know that campsis radican is a very hardy vine that can become aggressive under the right circumstances. Almost any soil will...

Perennials: Hydrangeas not blooming, showy blossoms, google search
showy blossoms, google search, little buds: Hi Chris, Thanx for your question and follow up. It may just be that this is how the flower is supposed to look based upon some of the pix I ve seen. Also, immature shrubs will oftentimes bloom sparsely or have weak looking blooms. Sometims when peonies...

Perennials: hydrrngeas, plant blooms, alkaline soil
plant blooms, alkaline soil, miracid: HI Roberta, Ok, let s see here. If you are pruning the plant I would stop. Some hydrangeas will not bloom if you keep chopping off the growing tips. You can prune if you must right after the plant blooms but prune sparingly. Hydrangea rarely needs much...

Perennials: Lambs' Ear, lambs ear, first timer
lambs ear, first timer, mother plant: Hi Amanda, Thanx for your question. You can safely dig up and separate lamb s ear at any time. I would do it in the morning or evening before it gets too warm and this well lessen shock to the plant. One thing to remember is that lamb s ear isn t a long-lived...

Perennials: Lily of the Nile, lily of the nile plants, lily of the nile
lily of the nile plants, lily of the nile, water soil: Hi Lettie, Thanx for your question. Has it been very hot and dry, windy? If so, the plant needs to be watered frequently. Under watering can be the primary cause of yellowing leaves. Mulching around the plant can help retain moisture. Sometimes, the plant...

Perennials: looks like a giant astilbe, Goatsbeard, aruncus
Goatsbeard, aruncus, astilbe: Good morning Kim, I used your information to try and guess the name of your plant. Why don t I send you my first option, and see if it works. Tall, astilbe like flowers, large leaves. I wonder if it is goatsbeard, aka aruncus dioicus. It grows 3-5...

Perennials: moon plant, bucket of water, taproot
bucket of water, taproot, dirt: Hi Jean, Thanx for your question. If you didn t get the roots, I doubt if these plants are going to reroot. I don t think there is anything from which they can reroot. Most moon plants, if you re referring to datura or jimsonweed have a long taproot. ...

Perennials: peonies, peonie bush, added nitrogen
peonie bush, added nitrogen, lawn chemicals: Hi Zella, thanx for your question. Peonies that are transplanted can often take 2-3 years before they will start blooming again. They greatly resent being moved. You should have blooms next year. Also, if you re feeding them I would stop. They don t...

Perennials: growing begonias, what is the correct time, tropical shrubs
what is the correct time, tropical shrubs, balanced fertilizer: Hi Donna, Do you know what kind of begonia you have? Most of them prefer diffused sunlight and some will do well in shade. Most do not like hot, afternooon sun and will wither and die. You also need to keep them well-hydrated. This means watering them...

Perennials: Sagina Subulata (Scotch Moss), sagina subulata, irish moss
sagina subulata, irish moss, brother lives: Hi John, thanx for your question. My brother lives in Deltona and I am down there a lot. Nurseries continue to sell stuff to people that really isn t appropriate for the area. Zone 9 is about the limit of S. subulata. It s just too hot. It needs to...

Perennials: Snapdragons, periwinkles, hard frost
periwinkles, hard frost, snapdragons: Hi Bett, Thanx for your question and sorry I was late in answering. Snapdragons are perennials in your area (as long as they don t get frost) but grown as annuals in the north. They should come back as they can get stressed from Texas heat and should continue...

Perennials: tree ID, bean pods, seed pods
bean pods, seed pods, silk tree: Hi Desirai, thanx for your question. I think you are speaking of the mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin) also called the silk tree. It s a very common tree in the Southern half of the U.S. We have them here in the KC area but this is about their northern...

Perennials: asian lilies, seed pods, seed pod
seed pods, seed pod, lilies: Hi Teri, Thanx for your question. When the lilies are finished blooming, you can deadhead them so they don t try to make seed pods. This saves the plant a lot of energy that it can continue to send to the bulb for next year s bloom and growth. The seed...

Perennials: Asian lillies, underground stem, lillies
underground stem, lillies, overcrowding: Hi Dale, Thanx for your question. Actually, cutting the flowers helps save energy for the bulb. The bulb puts a lot of energy into producing the flower and then the subsequent production of seeds. If you remove the flower before it has a chance to set...

Perennials: bouganvilla tree, woody vine, managable size
woody vine, managable size, hard frost: Hi Brian, Thanx you for your question. Bougainvillea is actually a woody vine and not a tree. Here is a link I think you will find useful. http://www.bgi-usa.com/bougainvillea-resource/bougainvillea-101.php#pruning_and_pinching What you re talking...

Perennials: bulb lilies, cedar mulch, lilies
cedar mulch, lilies: Hello Margaret, I personally use pine bark mulch because I find it pretty, but cedar mulch is quite beneficial. It tends to resist rotting and repel pests, so it should be an excellent mulch for your lilies. There is some debate about weather all wood mulches...

Perennials: climbing vine, trumpet vine, virginia creeper
trumpet vine, virginia creeper, ft steel: Hi Sue, Thanx for your question. I always hesitate about recommending vines to cover things because they can get away from you and become a big, big problem. However, here are some that will cover quickly and effectively. Virginia creeper Trumpet vine...

Perennials: divide gladioli, johnson county kansas, cement foundation
johnson county kansas, cement foundation, corms: Hi Julie, Thanx for your question. I m in the Kansas City area. Nice to see a fellow Kansan on the net. When my mother lived in Edwardsville, KS, she had some glads that were planted in a bed next to the house that was raised from the driveway. Apparently,...

Perennials: Hardy Hibiscus, hardy hibiscus, fertilizer
hardy hibiscus, fertilizer: Hello Paula, I have had the pleasure of owning both Lord and Lady Baltimore, which as I m sure you know are hardy hibiscuses. I also had clay soil, which while atrocious to dig in is also high in nutrients. You are not really doing anything wrong. The bloom...

Perennials: hydrangea wilt, lido beach, fungal infection
lido beach, fungal infection, local county: Hi Steve, Thanx for your question. This could be anthracnose or another fungal infection. Have you had lots of rain and/or fog lately. Is the soild soggy or just moist? If you are watering them more than once a week, I would reduce to once a week unless...

Perennials: Iris pods, iris, germination
iris, germination, seed pods: Hello Joyce, The answer to your question depends on a few factors. I will explain. Have your seed pods dried on your iris plants? If they have it can take several years for them to germinate, because they go into kind of a period of dormancy, so I...

Perennials: oakleaf and limelight hydrangeas, oakleaf hydrangea, compost pile
oakleaf hydrangea, compost pile, racemes: Hi Carl, Thanx for your question. I think you have me confused with someone else. I have never worked for Monrovia but take a look at the info below. Here s a website that gives excellent information on hydrangeas, pruning, etc. As for feeding, I recommend...

Perennials: plant identification, steep rock walls, barberton ohio
steep rock walls, barberton ohio, japanese maples: HI Janean, Thanx for the additional information. Cannas will overwinter under the right conditions. I see some around my zone 6 area but they are protected by steep rock walls or growing up next to the foundation of a house. The key is, if the ground doesn...

Perennials: What is this plant, please?, ogunquit maine, loosestrife
ogunquit maine, loosestrife, gooseneck: HI Pea, Thanx for your question. I ve been trying to find examples of a plant 8-10 feet tall. It looks like a type of gooseneck or loosestrife. http://hoffienursery.com/_ccLib/image/plants/DETA-724.jpg It does look a bit like veronica but it s too...

Perennials: Shasta Daisies in Southwest Florida, shasta daisies, florida cape coral
shasta daisies, florida cape coral, southwest fl: Hi Rita, Thanx for your question. Shasta Daisies (Leucanthemum superba) is hardy from zones 3-9, so you are on the edge. The plants may not be getting enough dormant time. But, I m wondering if you re not subjecting them to too much nitrogen by some chance....

Perennials: Stella de Oro Lily, stella d oro, stella de oro
stella d oro, stella de oro, day lily: Hi Kay, Thanx for your question. A Stella D Oro day lily should only increase by a couple plants per year and then require separating after 3-4 years. It sounds to me like you have something else growing in there. Stellas don t send out runners. They...

Perennials: Texas Dandelion, night blooming flower, texas dandelion
night blooming flower, texas dandelion, tall stalks: Hi Chris, Thanx for the followup. The are many primrose variations. If you look at the flower though, that s where the give away is. There are yellow primroses that have those long, thin leaves but look at the flower with it s four wide, yellow bracts....

Perennials: Thyme ground covers, wyandotte county kansas, kansas state university extension
wyandotte county kansas, kansas state university extension, kansas city kansas: Hi Annette, Thanx for the follow up. Dichondra micrantha would be good. Here are some links for other suggestions for ground cover. Many are not for foot traffic. So just gloss over those... http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep016 http://www.retreatatwekiva.com/misc/landscape/Ground%20Covers%20for%20Florida%20Homes%20ENH30.pdf...

Perennials: Calla Lily Seed Pods, urn pot, calla lily
urn pot, calla lily, seed pods: Hi Janet, Thanx for your question. Allow the pod to dry and then place the pea-like seeds in a clean, dry, glass jar, cover it and store it in a dark, dry cool place until you are ready to plant. When you are ready to plant, plant the seeds 1/2 inch...

Perennials: ground cover advice, clay soil, shade area
clay soil, shade area, myoporum: Hi Min, Thanx for your question. Here is a link to some popular Native California ground covers but I don t think many of these will work for you preference that the ground cover be something that can be walked upon. That s a rather tall order if you want...

Perennials: hostas, seed production, adverse effects
seed production, adverse effects, stems: Hi Gordon, Thanx for your question. No adverse effects will come to your hostas if you remove the spent stems. In fact, by preventing possible seed production, the rest of the planet will benefit by not having to divert energy to making seeds. I hope this...

Perennials: hydrangea, cold north wind, google
cold north wind, google, general location: Hi Nicole, Ten gallon might be big enough but you ll have to make sure you keep control of it. Container growing shrubs can be iffy and you need to make sure you keep it well hydrated and fed (well-composted manure, side-dressed at least spring and mid-summer)...

Perennials: Identify flower, amaryllis family, dark basement
amaryllis family, dark basement, plant id: Hi Melanie, Thanx for your question. I believe the plant in the photo is Peruvian Daffodil (Hymenocalis x Festalis). It goes by a number of other names depending on where you re at. Peruvian Daffodil is the most common. It is not a daffodil but related...

Perennials: iron/perennials, iron, chlorophyll
iron, chlorophyll, photosynthesis: Greetings, Reg! The answer to your questions is, well, yes. While iron is important for the chlorophyll formation (plants get their green color from it) snf to assist them with photosynthesis. It also is involved in the crucial process by which plants pull...

Perennials: Magnolia bushes, magnolias, pruning
magnolias, pruning: Hello Betty, It sounds as though you have an American native magnolia, which produces quite beautiful red berries in the fall. Since magnolias bloom in the spring, the best time to prune them is after they bloom, in the spring or summer. Very much like...

Perennials: peonies moving, sw missouri, rhizomes
sw missouri, rhizomes, dear tom: Hi Miriam, First of all let me express my heartfelt best wishes for you, your family and the people of Joplin at this difficult time. I m here in Kansas City and many of us up here have connections in SW Missouri and Joplin. Secondly, thanx for your question....

Perennials: Prennial Flower Name, missouri botanical gardens, seed pods
missouri botanical gardens, seed pods, aesclepius: Hi Kathy, Thanx for your question. The plant in the photo is butterfly weed (Aesclepius tuberosa). The pods you describe are seed pods. The seeds germinate easily when lightly covered with soil and kept moist and warm. Germination takes place in about...

Perennials: preserving/drying Calla Lily bouquet, preserving flowers
preserving flowers: Greetings from across the pond, Sarah! You can definitely preserve your calla lilies without losing their lovely color. This is how you do it: Get your hands on some silica. You can get some in craft shops – it is not expensive. Get a cardboard box...

Perennials: pruning of azaleas, azalea society, azaleas
azalea society, azaleas, pru: Hi Donna, Thanx for your question. Here s a great website (at the link below) for accessing good info on Azaleas from the Azalea Society of America. Best time to prune is early spring before full growth and the second best time is during blooming period....

Perennials: thyme magic carpet, creeping thyme, magic carpet
creeping thyme, magic carpet, seed starting: Greetings, Min, Thyme Magic Carpet sounds like a wonderful choice for your space. Once it’s established it needs very little effort on your part. Better yet, it self-sows like mad, since it drops seed after the flowering season and those dropped seeds...

Perennials: white leaves on double salmon color hib, salmon color, hib
salmon color, hib, central florida: Hi Bill, Thanx for your question. The only thing I can think of about this is the watering. I m wondering why you re watering every day. You re in Central Florida has it been that dry that your soil is that dry? Just wondering. Leaves can get sun scald...

Perennials: Astibules, moist side, bird bath
moist side, bird bath, astilbes: Hi Joan, Thanx for your question. This time of year it is natural for astilbes to start going dormant. They will be back next spring after the last frost. The only thing I would caution about astilbes is that they tend to die off if the ground becomes...

Perennials: Calla Lily Amethyst, calla lily, houseplant
calla lily, houseplant, callas: Hi Cheryl, Thanx for your question. One doesn t necessarily have to put them in the basement. If you can fine a place to put the pot in the house that is cool, dark and dry for a couple of months. The point is to allow the plant to rest or go dormant for...

Perennials: Something's Eating the Leaves on my Asiatic Lillies, lily leaf beetle, lily flowers
lily leaf beetle, lily flowers, dogs and cats: Hi Wendy. Happy to have been of service. I grow lilies myself, and it is most frustrating to wait all season for them to bloom only to have some critter ruin the flowers. If the beer fix worked for you, there is no reason not to try it again, especially...

Perennials: Hibiscus, purpose fertilizer, hibiscus plants
purpose fertilizer, hibiscus plants, florida southwest: Hi Ellen, Thanx for the followup and additional information. I would stop using the general purpose fertilizer. Your shrubs are getting too much nitrogen which will do well for the green growth but at the expense of the blooming. All you need to do is...

Perennials: Hydrangeas, pvc sewer, pvc material
pvc sewer, pvc material, vent pipe: Hi Karen, Thanx for your question. I would avoid planting any tree or shrub too closely to any kind of pipe although I think a root would have a more difficult time getting into the PVC pipe and just slide against it as it continued down and out. Sorry,...

Perennials: Need flowering plant ideas, zone 9a, creeping myrtle
zone 9a, creeping myrtle, sedums: Hi Allison, Thanx for your question. Why don t you put some lantana down? It comes in different colors, is a low-growing shrub and is pretty much carefree. Iceplant is another idea. Ground ivy? Creeping Myrtle, Liriope, Dwarf Mondo Grass. There are...

Perennials: Pencil tree, pencil tree, holly tree
pencil tree, holly tree, wet feet: Hi Jerry, Thanx for your question. This looks like a pencil holly tree/shrub right? It looks like it is having hydration issues. One of two things either too much (they don t like wet feet) and the water is not draining well from the soil or, not enough...

Perennials: Is this poison oak/ivy?, small plastic container, canna lily
small plastic container, canna lily, poison oak: Hi Desi, Thanx for your question. I apologize that it took so long to get to your question. I was having computer problems. The pix look like poison oak. You can spot treat them with Roundup, gently brushed onto the leaves so you don t have to spray...

Perennials: Pruning Fushia, fuchsias
fuchsias: Greetings Cece, Your timing for this question is excellent. The best time to prune perennial fuchsias is in the fall. You probably know that you should cut about a quarter of an inch above the leaf joints. New growth will normally appear in three to four...

Perennials: Sedum, autumn glory, doing something wrong
autumn glory, doing something wrong, sedum plants: Hi Deborah, Thanx for your question. Are your sedum planted in full sun? I have some as you describe called Autumn Glory and they get sun off and on about 6 hours total. They have a tendency to get leggy also and eventually flop over. This type of sedum...

Perennials: Shrub!, burning bush, allexperts
burning bush, allexperts, home gardening: Hi Desi, Thanx for the info. The bark-like growths on the twigs reminded me of something but I couldn t put my finger on it. Now, when you say it s a burning bush, I can remember now, that was the what I was trying to remember! Thanx for letting me know...

Perennials: alstroemeria princess lilies, princess lilies, soil dries
princess lilies, soil dries, balanced fertilizer: Hi Joan, Thanx for your question. I would just buy some standard potting soil. Use a 12-12-12 balanced fertilizer following the instructions for application on the box. In the spring I would make a small application of bone meal for rhizome growth per...

Perennials: Irish moss in pots, sagina subulata, irish moss
sagina subulata, irish moss, southern canada: Hi Katy, Thanx for your question. Iris moss (Sagina subulata) is a European native growing in zones 4-9. It is a perennial. You need to allow it to go dormant for the winter, keeping the pots well-drained but ensuring that the soil is kept moist enough...

Perennials: pruning dipladenias, day of the triffids, mandevillea
day of the triffids, mandevillea, plants growth: Hi Jutta, Thanx for your question. I would water the plants once a week but make sure the soil is not soggy. Do not feed them during the winter. They will go into a sort of semi-dormancy when the sun is lower in the sky, in the winter. Keep them in...

Perennials: Rose Tree, rose tree, tree question
rose tree, tree question, hard frost: Hi Cindy, Thanx for the additional information. I m not a real rose expert but this much I do know. You ll have to ensure the trunk of the rose tree is protected during the Zone 5 winter. The best way to do this is to build a cage of mesh wire around...

Perennials: avacado tree, rio grande valley, aggie horticulture
rio grande valley, aggie horticulture, avocado tree: Hi Betty, Thanx for your question. I don t believe the avocado is hardy enough to survive a Central Texas winter. Avocados are typically grown in the Rio Grande Valley and other agricultural areas of South Texas. Even though I don t live in Texas, I frequently...

Perennials: Bulb Sizes, daffodils, fertilization
daffodils, fertilization: Hello Ed, Yes, indeed they do, provided they are properly fertilized. In fall, when they are being planted, it is good to feed them with a slow release bulb food. It should not be too high in nitrogen in the nitrogen-phosphorous-potash mix. It should have...

Perennials: dipledenias over winter, dining room table, dormant stage
dining room table, dormant stage, dormant state: Hi Jutta, Thanx for your question. Yes, the dipladenias will not look very good while they go into a semi-dormant state. Place the plants in windows where they will receive sun from an eastern or southern exposure. Water the plants about once a week....

Perennials: Winterizing Alstroemerias, calla lilies, side dressing
calla lilies, side dressing, zone5: Hi Arleen, Thanx for your question. Most references indicate that Alstroemerias are only hardy to Zone 7. I ve grown then here in Zone5/6 and they did not overwinter. I am reading that other folks have successfully overwintered them in Zone 5 so, they...

Perennials: Forsythia, woody cuttings, inch cuttings
woody cuttings, inch cuttings, rooting hormone: Hi Chuck, Thanx for your question. I think you can probably get away with woody cuttings this time of year. Use 6 inch cuttings at the leaf nodes. Stick the cuttings in rooting hormone, dig a trench two inches deep and lay the cuttings in at an angle....

Perennials: yucca elephantites, dry soil, yucca
dry soil, yucca, crisp: Hi Craig Yuccas are watered every two to three weeks in summer and every four weeks through winter. These are tough plants and are resilient to shade, heat and dry soil. One reason why upper leaves crisp up is dry air. Keep it humid by spraying but...

Perennials: dahlia questions, outdoor pots, snails slugs
outdoor pots, snails slugs, anti fungal powder: Hello Mark First, allow me to apologise for the delay in getting back to you. My service provider has been down for nearly a week!! Right - now, Dahlia s left outside for the winter are usually killed by soggy wet ground rather than the cold! I d always...

Perennials: Dry Seaside Daisies, Seaside daisies
Seaside daisies: Hi Renee, I would prune them to the ground if it is feasible. The dieback seems to be part of the growth cycle. Leave the roots, in case this is just part of life for a seaside daisy. But I would cut them as low as possible, which will not hurt the plant...

Perennials: Dry Seaside Daisy, novice gardeners, seaside daisy
novice gardeners, seaside daisy, west coast california: Hi Renee, Thanx for the follow-up. Yes, what you describe is more likely E. karvinskianus, also called Australian fleabane and is originally from Mexico and Central America. Kind of a wild habit. Should be cut back in the fall. See link below. http://www.igarden.com.au/plant-type.jsp?id=381&t=Erigeron...

Perennials: Evening Primrose, ipomoea alba, mix soil
ipomoea alba, mix soil, countryliving com: Hi Rick, Thanx for your question. When you say moonflowers, are you talking about Ipomoea alba, a vine, related to morning glories with large white trumpet shaped flowers that open at night, or possibly datura stromonium that grows in a large bushy form...

Perennials: Tolleson's Weeping Juniper
Perennials: Tolleson's Weeping Juniper

Perennials: how to grow irish moss, sagina subulata, irish moss
sagina subulata, irish moss, many moons: Hi Min, Thanx for the follow up. I used live in Monterey many, many moons ago, so I am familiar with the climate around the Bay Area. As you know, it can be quite variable being cooler in the San Francisco area and warmer inland. The key to starting outdoors...

Perennials: Lilies, cold north winds, day lilies
cold north winds, day lilies, day lily: Hi Dawn, Thanx for your question. I don t see why you couldn t plant day lilies in a wooden barrel. And yes, they should come back every year. I would place the barrel in a position where it does not get blasted by cold north winds in the winter, just...

Perennials: perennial/kenaf/pink flower/8-12ft. tall/rose of sharon, hibiscus moscheutos, hardy hibiscus
hibiscus moscheutos, hardy hibiscus, hibiscus syriacus: Hi Cecil, Thanx for the follow up. My expertise really isn t agricultural so I regret that I may not be able to provide you with exactly the answers for which you are searching. I have several suggestions however. First, here is a link to a site you might...

Perennials: Tolleson's Weeping Juniper, drip irrigation system, composted manure
drip irrigation system, composted manure, purpose fertilizer: Hi Alicia, In the picture, it looked like the shrub was growing in a bricked in area next to the house. I perceived that to be a type of planter. Anyway, if the shrub is free-growing, just add new fertilizer at each spring, or, simply use healthy piles...

Perennials: Clematis, late bloomer, northwest missouri
late bloomer, northwest missouri, front porch: Hi Rosalie, Thanx for your question. If you can determine whether your clematis was an early or late bloomer or large flowering hybrid then these instructions I m including should nail your answer. Otherwise, unless it s such a totally disordered mess that...

Perennials: hostas, Hosta' Planting, Growing
Hosta' Planting, Growing: Hello Hostas are very hardy and tough plants. I bought two hostas last year in summer but when I planted them, they did not make much growth. They are coming up again and look promising (at least one does). I bought them in a pack just as you have done....

Perennials: Pinching Mums, front porch, hi tim
front porch, hi tim, mild winter: Hi Tim, Thanx for your question. If you re still having heavy frosts, to be on the safe side, I would wait to move plants until the danger of frost has passed. Mums are very hardy as you say but their roots can be damaged and killed by frosts. I hope...

Perennials: Allium Bulbs, aliums
aliums: Hello Susan, This is a new one on me, and I have never heard of it, but I think that we can apply some logic to the situation. I think that your instinct to remove one of the buds is very sound. I think that there was a flaw with your bulb that has resulted...

Perennials: beautiful flower but unsure of the name?, shiny beads, pink lemonade
shiny beads, pink lemonade, seed pod: Hi Theresa, Thanx for the two pics. The flower is vaguely familiar, but, I can t quite place it. Do you have any other pics? I d like to keep researching this until I can find it. I ve seen it before and this will be the first time I ve ever been stumped...

Perennials: chrysanthemums, zone 7b, kansas city area
zone 7b, kansas city area, mild winter: Hi Patricia, Thanx for your question. I know here in the Kansas City area and all across the nation, the weather has been unusually mild. I was in Florida visiting my brother in January and even though the weather is fairly nice, there were a few days where...

Perennials: Daffodils, daffodils not blooming
daffodils not blooming: Hello Ed, Thank you for your patience with all my questions. I think you have it! Planting them in late December gave them insufficient time to set down roots and build up their strength for bloom. The entity you bought them probably obtained them in late...

Perennials: daffodils and tulips, tulip bulbs, excess nitrogen
tulip bulbs, excess nitrogen, lawn chemicals: Hi Jessica, Thanx for your question. There could be a number of reason while your daffodil and tulip bulbs did not bloom. If there is any excess nitrogen from lawn chemicals, this can cause all green growth an no blooms. Not enough sunlight. Occasionally,...

Perennials: Daisy Tree, outer extremities, composted manure
outer extremities, composted manure, natural rainfall: Hi Bill, Thanx for your question. As with many tropical plants, bringing the plant in for winter storage, will result in some or complete dormancy. Oftentimes, the plant will appear to be almost dead or on its way to the compost pile. Once it is safe to...

Perennials: Flowerbed ideas, Plants, Difficult places
Plants, Difficult places, Sun lovers: Hi Blandy If your like foliage plants; why not try the Aloe Aristata which is the hardiest of the Aloe family. It can survive frost and temperatures down to -1. It is a succulent and it loves the sun and produces 3ft stalks of flowers in summer. The flowers...

Perennials: Formula for horticural oil, baking soda mixture, crape myrtle trees, substitute for baking soda
crape myrtle trees, substitute for baking soda, potassium bicarbonate: Hi Sharon, Thanx for your question. Mix 4 teaspoons (about 1 rounded tablespoon) of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of horticultural oil into one gallon of water. Spray lightly on foliage of plants afflicted with black spot, powdery mildew, brown patch and...

Perennials: perennial and evergreen, rhododendron flower, pink rhododendron
rhododendron flower, pink rhododendron, rhododendron ponticum: Hi Robena, Thanx for your question. It sounds like a rhododendron, which can be very common in the northeast as a landscape plant. http://www.aphotoflora.com/images/ericaceae/rhododendron_ponticum_leaf_08-07-06.jpg Rhododendron leaf http://www.mooseyscountrygarden.com/rhododendrons/pink-white-rhododendron.jpg...

Perennials: Pots and worms, potted plants, daft
potted plants, daft, pots: Hello Mark If your potted plants are indoors don t add worms - they ll die!! However if they are located outside you may find that worms have already made themselves at home in your pots. I don t know that they benefit the plants, but at least they...

Perennials: roses, pruning miniroses
pruning miniroses: Greetings Jonathan. It is very nice to hear from you again. You are surprised that your mini-roses survived the snow. Mini-roses can survive snow because they are some of toughest and most forgiving of severe climatic conditions than most roses. Treatment...

Perennials: shallow root systems, knockout roses, flexible plastic pipe
knockout roses, flexible plastic pipe, shallow root systems: Hi Earl, Thanx for your question. While the knockout rose doesn t seem to have a deep root system, forsythia does and I would caution against planting it over a plastic pipe as you described. I hope this helps. Your local horticulture agent at your county...

Perennials: Stella d'oro, natural fertilizer, flower beds
natural fertilizer, flower beds, lake water: Hi Rhonda, Thank you for your question. I m inclined to agree with you. Usually, when lilies or iris slow down or stop blooming, it s because they ve become too crowded. As a general rule, try to thin them out every 3-4 years. Be careful with fertilizer....

Perennials: zebra grass, zebra grass, landscape expert
zebra grass, landscape expert, boundary fence: Hi Barbara, Thanx for your question. I m not a landscape expert by any means. But, I ll give this a shot. Based on the following data, Zebra Grass Grows 4-7 tall, with a 3-5 spread. I would plant each clump of zebra grass at least 3 feet away from the...

Perennials: Italian Heather, avoid strong sun, acid soil
avoid strong sun, acid soil, misting: hi carol Italian heather(Erica Ventricosa) needs the sun but avoid the strong sun in the afternoon. It needs acid soil and is best grown in containers as it will need moving indoors during winter and the soil must not dry out and it needs misting everyday...

Perennials: Italian Heather/Erica Ventricosa in Zone 6, erica ventricosa, soggy soil
erica ventricosa, soggy soil, acidic soil: Hi April, Thanx for your question. Yes, you are in Zone 6 but the Italian Heather will not overwinter successfully. I have posted several items on this plant in the past. You can use our FIND feature at the top right hand corner of the screen to save you...

Perennials: Moving fully grown shasta safely, compost mulch, shasta daisies
compost mulch, shasta daisies, adequate drainage: You are truly welcome! Well.. It would really be better for the plants if you did not divide them just before they bloom, which is, I believe, the stage at which they are now. Plants bloom to attract pollinators, and to survive. They put out tremendous...

Perennials: phlox turned brown, alpine, decline
alpine, decline, replace: Hi Theresa Phlox are hardy alpine plants and as with most alpine, they look their best for 4 to 5 years and after that they decline. It sounds like that yours have died so they won t come back. My Phlox Subulata Red Wings is looking the same and has...

Perennials: roses, rose cuttings
rose cuttings: Hi Rosie (how appropriate!) Roses can be rooted at any time of year, but the cooler months, November through February, are the best in terms of success. So feel free to undertake this now, or wait for fall. You sound like you have experience doing this,...

Perennials: Asiatic Lily, stem rooting, deep
stem rooting, deep, bulbs: Hello Nona Lilies are best planted as bulbs or growing( not flowering) plants as they can establish better before they flower. The reason for this is that lilies that are in flower much earlier than normal have been forced to flower at that time when...

Perennials: bittersweet, u s forestry service, bittersweet vine
u s forestry service, bittersweet vine, female flower: Hi Kathy, Thanx for your question. As far as I know, there is no way to determine the sex of bittersweet plants until they are fully mature and in bloom. If you are a good botanist, you may be able to differentiate the female bloom from the male. Not trying...

Perennials: creeping phlox - fungus disease, fungus disease, organic controls
fungus disease, organic controls, wet weather: Hi Susan, The best thing to do right now, is prune back the plants and remove the dead growth. Sometimes, just the top is dead, but the roots are still alive. Fungus doesn t always kill back the entire plant. Then, apply a fungicide according to the instructions...

Perennials: Creeping Thyme Seeds - Magic Carpet, creeping thyme, seed starting
creeping thyme, seed starting: Hello Shannon, Since you live in Indiana, your climate is a lot like mine. The easiest and most effective way to grow creeping thyme at this time of the year is to sow it directly in the ground, since frost danger is no longer a concern. Prepare the...

Perennials: over-fertilized hydrangeas, liquid fertilizer, endless summer
liquid fertilizer, endless summer, question thanks: Hi Jane, Thanx for your question. By deadheading/pruning the old blooms off, your Endless Summer hydrangea should rebloom again in a few weeks. Here is a link for you regarding this hybrid. http://www.rosefloral.com/blog/endless-summer-hydrangeas ...

Perennials: flower ID, yellow loosestrife, perennial flower
yellow loosestrife, perennial flower, lysimachia punctata: Hi Ellie, Thanx for your question. I think my sister-in-law has some of this in her front yard. I believe it to be lysimachia punctata commonly known as yellow loosestrife. Here is a link to a picture. http://www.investireoggi.it/forum/attachments/life-good-cafe/71618d1278366215-giallo-lysimachia-punctata.jpg...

Perennials: Hydrangea plants, hydrangea plants, blooms
hydrangea plants, blooms, vigor: Hello Debbie I don t think I d transplant them. As you guessed, if you cut them back they will grow next year. I can t guarantee that they ll flower next year, but they certainly will the year after that. As a bonus - a good pruning every 4-5 years seems...

Perennials: impossible honeysuckle, trumpet honeysuckle, fragrant honeysuckle
trumpet honeysuckle, fragrant honeysuckle, zone 5b: Hi Jeff, Thanx for your question. According to several references there may be a type of honeysuckle that may suit your needs. It is lonicera sempervirens/trumpet honeysuckle http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/plant-finder/plant-details/kc/d990/lonicera-sempervirens.aspx...

Perennials: lilly of the valley, lilly of the valley, lily of the valley
lilly of the valley, lily of the valley, kansas city area: Hi John, Thanx for your question. Lily-of-the-valley starts going dormant right after it blooms here in the Kansas City area. The leaves will remain green for a while and then start to wither and disappear. You can transplant lily-of-the-valley almost...

Perennials: planting depth of hydrangea, clay soil conditioner, soil line
clay soil conditioner, soil line, root ball: Hi Larry, Thanx for your question. I think I d be more inclined to leave things be. You learned your lesson. I think the plant will forgive you and adjust to its new digs. After planting a tree or shrub, I like to drench it and then leave it alone for...

Perennials: stargazers, viable seeds, stargazer lily
viable seeds, stargazer lily, simplistic questions: Hi Jonathan, Thanx for your question. Are you certain it was insecticide that you sprayed your plant? The twisting sounds like the reaction of a plant to an herbicide. Was the insecticide rated for outdoor plants? I know these are simplistic questions...

Perennials: Alliums to Repel Voles, daffodils as animal repellents
daffodils as animal repellents: Hello again, Daffodils are famous for repelling deer. People who have terrible problems with deer can grow them. They are very smart, and daffodils are poisonous to them. This is what I did. For my most precious plants, I would put the daffodils in a...

Perennials: aspidistra elatior rhizome, university of california extension, wholesale growers
university of california extension, wholesale growers, agricultural advice: Hi Joel, Thanx for your question. This really isn t my area of expertise. I m just a horticutural hobbyist. What you are asking after is professional and agricultural advice for which I am not qualified to answer. I can suggest to you that you contact...

Perennials: Bleeding Heart, bleeding heart, new home owners
bleeding heart, new home owners, upper midwest: Hi Janice, Thanx for your question. In the heat of summer, bleeding heart will turn yellow and wither away as it slips into dormancy for the rest of the season. This is a spring-blooming plant and is usually done by mid summer especially here in the lower...

Perennials: Calla Lillies, grass clippings, calla lilies
grass clippings, calla lilies, dry soil: Hi Brad, Thanx for your question. It has been my experience that calla lilies require the soil to be kept moist and warm but not soggy. They do best when watered frequently, especially when it is very hot as it has been in much of the U.S. this year. ...

Perennials: campanula, soil improver, garden soil
soil improver, garden soil, campanulas: Hello Phillip Yes you could divide the plants in September this year. However, in future years Spring would be the best time. Here s how to do it - after digging the plant up, place it on the lawn, (yes the lawn!) Take 2 garden forks and stick them...

Perennials: hydrangea, grass clippings, balanced fertilizer
grass clippings, balanced fertilizer, lacecap hydrangeas: Hi Mary, Thanx for the followup. Generally, you don t need to prune the hydrangea. If you must do it, do it right after the plant finishes blooming and never later than that. You can leave them be for a long time with out having to shape or prune them....

Perennials: Iriash Moss, tiny seeds, irish moss
tiny seeds, irish moss, seedlings: Hi Dom, Thanx for your question. I know the seeds are like dust, so, I would try to handle them with maybe some tweezers and just try to separate the seeds as best you can. You may have to plant a pinch of seeds and then separate the seedlings when they...

Perennials: lilium lancifolium, water resistant watches, lily buds
water resistant watches, lily buds, type of lily: Hi Lorrie, Thanx for your question. There is a huge difference between deer resistant and deer proof. Just like water resistant watches and waterproof watches. A waterproof watch is made never to be adversely affected by water while a water resistant watch...

Perennials: magnolia bush, japanese beetles, compost bin
japanese beetles, compost bin, horticultural agent: Hi Chet, Thanx for your question. The problem you describe sounds more to me like a botrytis or mold infection. This is hard to get rid of sometimes because the spores are airborne. If you water the shrub, do not water overhead, water at the base of the...

Perennials: Perennial flowers, yellow medicine county, perrenial flowers
yellow medicine county, perrenial flowers, stressed plants: Hi Audrey, Thanx for your question. Are you certain that your flowers all succumbed to a fungus? Much of the US is experiening various degrees of drought which will affect plant growth either killing the plants or causing them to go into early dormancy...

Perennials: Star gazer Lillies, star gazer lilies, stargazer lilies
star gazer lilies, stargazer lilies, seed pod: Hi Keisha, Thanx for your questions. 1. Stargazer lilies are supposed to grow tall and so you re not going to have any control in trying to shorten them. If you deny them nutrition, they may not bloom or the blooms will be contorted and unpleasant looking....

Perennials: ...., high country gardens, www google com
high country gardens, www google com, partial sun: Hi Victor, Thanx for your follow up. The best I can recommend given your parameters would be a member of the sedum family. There are many, many varieties that grow low, have low water requirements and they bloom primarily in whites and yellows although...

Perennials: about flax lillys, flax, lilies
flax, lilies, sfgate: HI Billy, Thanx for your question. You can always deadhead flowers and remove individual leaves. Every four or five years, you can chop the whole thing down to within a few inches of the ground to rejuvenate and restore the plant. Here are some great instructions...

Perennials: plant ID, tree philodendrons, Philodendron bipinnatifidum
tree philodendrons, Philodendron bipinnatifidum: Greetings Megan, I ve got it! It s a Tree Philodendron! Please scan down this page. http://www.exoticrainforest.com/Grow%20or%20Growing%20Philodendrons.html Here ia a really good image of the leaves. Note the cultivar. Not all tree philodendrons...

Perennials: Crape myrtle, flowering shrubs, side dressing
flowering shrubs, side dressing, crape myrtle: Hi Peggy, Thanx for the follow-up. Nope, no dumb questions here. Glad you asked about sidedressing. Sometimes I assume things that I should not assume. Okay, a side dressing means to place the fertilizer, mulch, well-composted manure, etc. around the...

Perennials: erica ventricosa, Erica ventricosa
Erica ventricosa: Greetings Frank, You are seeking a relatively unusual plant. But there is a source: Heath and Heathers Nursery. http://www.heathsandheathers.com/cart1/HHWebCart12010_Page421.htm They are located in Shelton, Washington. They ship to all 50 states....

Perennials: Hearty Fuschias, fuschias, fuchsias
fuschias, fuchsias, hardies: Hi Kristine, Do you know what kind of fuchsias you have? The deciduous ones (lose their leaves) can be pruned from November to early spring. Cut them back to about 6 inches above the ground. Evergreen fuchsia can be pruned in mid spring. Prune carefully...

Perennials: junipers, plant grass, forestry service
plant grass, forestry service, tree expert: Hi Deborah, Thanx for your question. I m not aware of a product that will not harm the Junipers. One thing we have done in the past was get Roundup® and (wearing gloves) apply it to the weeds with a brush so that the contact with the surrounding plans was...

Perennials: Moonflowers, texas dandelion, evening primrose
texas dandelion, evening primrose, moonflower: Hi Brenda, Thanx for your question. There is a yellow flower called the evening primrose that some people refer to as a moonflower. Moonflower is a term used for a lot of different flowers. Look at the link below and let me know if this is the plant. It...

Perennials: Sedum, compost pile, pitch fork
compost pile, pitch fork, clumps: Hi Kristine, Thanx for your question. If you want to thin your sedum, you can dig them up as clumps any time now and move them or discard them to the compost pile if you have too much. No need to take cuttings when you can dig these up as clumps with no...

Perennials: St. John's Wort, hypericum calycinum, st john s wort
hypericum calycinum, st john s wort, missouri botanical gardens: Hi Joe, Thanx for your question. The one issue I might caution you about creeping St. John s wort is that it can be invasive and difficult to control in some situations. The plant is supposed to be drought tolerant and should be able to stand up to the...

Perennials: Tammy Bushes, bushes, thanx
bushes, thanx, bush: Hi Dottie, Thanx for your question. You got me on this one. I ve never heard of a Tammy Bush. Do you have another name for it? A picture? Could be a local name that isn t commonly heard outside of your area. Let me know if you have more information....

Perennials: Wedding plant ceremony, palm christmas, christmas cactus
palm christmas, christmas cactus, wedding in october: Hi Brittney, Thanx for your question. I checked these on the ASPCA website for non-toxic plants for cats. Both of these plants are easy to take care of and make a lovely addition to anyhome. They will also probably outlive you and your partner. Any type...

Perennials: what is this plant?, pine seedlings, norfolk island pine
pine seedlings, norfolk island pine, christmas gifts: Hi Jutta, Nice to hear from you again. I m sorry it took so long for me to acknowledge you. I went on vacation and forgot to put myself in that status. Thanx for your question. It looks to me like you have some Norfolk Island Pine seedlings. Araucaria...

Perennials: Calli Lilies
Hi Jane, Thanx for your question. Callas are not hardy to Pennsylvania. The cold winter will kill them. You will need to dig up the corms in the fall and store them in a cool, dark, dry place. Do not wash the corms/roots. The seeds form after the plant...

Perennials: MUMS
Hi Dianne, Thanx for your question. The best time to transplant mums is either in early fall or early spring. In Michigan, I would wait until early spring. I would do nothing to them right now. Let them bloom and fade and allow the dead plant material...

Perennials: identifying a perennial
Hi Norm, Thanx for your question. The photo you provided looks like a balloon flower. I ve attached a link for your review. The balloon flower comes in shades of pink, white and purple. I hope this helps. Tom http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=z64...

Perennials: pothos
Hi Mary, Thanx for your question. Pothos is a tropical plant. Remove all of the dead growth and keep the plant in a warm environment in a sunny window. Water it regularly where the soil is damp but not soggy. You can allow the soil to dry out a bit in...

Perennials: ASIATIC LILLIES, asiatic lilly, asiatic lillies
asiatic lilly, asiatic lillies, narcissi: Hi Jerry, Thanx for your question. One of the problems with buying a lily that is blooming in a pot is exactly what you describe. Or worse, the plant dies after blooming and does not come back. Here s what usually happens. Potted and blooming lilies,...

Perennials: perennials, spring flowering bushes, azalea rhododendron
spring flowering bushes, azalea rhododendron, hardy hibiscus: Hi Darlene, Thanx for your question. Bear in mind that I m my expertise does not lie in landscape design. But, I can tell you some of the perennials I would choose. For sun: Start off in the spring with crocus, daffodil, tulip, grape hyacinth, hyacinth...

Perennials: Phormium Flash Dance, expertise image, phormiums
expertise image, phormiums, speedy reply: Hi Dana, I am happy to try to help. I have plants that struggle and I know that speedy help can make the difference. Yes, the smaller plant may have had more of a struggle with the three days of sudden heat. Even drooping blades may provide nutrition...

Perennials: Plants for front of house., knock out roses, beth wilson
knock out roses, beth wilson, safe bet: Hi Beth, Thanx for the follow up. I m not really much of a landscaper or lawn design person so, my taste in flowers, etc., may not be the politically correct standard for garden design...ha! ha! With that said, I can think of some continuously blooming plants...

Perennials: Self watering mechanism, plastic food containers, automatic mechanisms
plastic food containers, automatic mechanisms, maintenance plants: Hi! Just noticed this. For some reason I was not flagged . The water does evaporate. But not before the plant has absorbed quite a bit of it. So when you see no water in the bottom, it can still be in the plant. And yes, my plant grew! It even flowered!...

Perennials: Dinnerplate Dahlias, flower garden, shredded paper
flower garden, shredded paper, first frost: Hi Victor, Thanx for your question. Dahlias are native to Mexico and will not overwinter reliably in most parts of the Continental U.S. In zone 6, you will have to lift the tubers in the fall and store them in a cool, dry, dark area like a basement. I...

Perennials: Fragrant perennials, fragrant perennials, delicious fragrance
fragrant perennials, delicious fragrance, oriental lilies: Hi Scott, Sorry for the delay. First thing, tea roses. I love the smell of tea roses. I would try to plan my garden for all periods so that means irises too. Irises have a delicious fragrance, but they come earlier. Be sure to put in a lilac or two and...

Perennials: bracteantha paper-like flower, life span, frosts
life span, frosts, gulf coast: Hi Rebecca, Thanx for your question. The bracteantha is used as an annual but is actually a short-lived perennial from Australia. As a short-lived annual, it has a life-span of 2-3 years. It will tolerate light frosts but it does best in Zones 8-9 which...

Perennials: Canna Lillies and Celosia Plants, celosia plant, celosia plants
celosia plant, celosia plants, canna lily: Hi Barbara, Thanx for your question. The canna is not a houseplant but will look beautiful in your yard. I do not recommend keeping it indoors. These plants will grow 3-8 feet or more depending upon the variety. They have a cool tropical look and love...

Perennials: dipladenias & easter lily, leaf axils, little buds
leaf axils, little buds, tiny bulbs: Hi Jutta, Sorry I didn t answer sooner. I have been on vacation to Europe and I did not see your question before I left. Please forgive me for my oversight. On your dipladenia. If you see any green growth at all, continue to keep the soil moist but not...

Perennials: Italian Heather, Italian heather
Italian heather: Hello Sharon, Hello Sharon, Italian Heather is a gorgeous plant native to South Africa, which is a clue to its hardiness. You are in the perfect sort of climate to display it outside during part of the year. It is a zone 10 or 11 plant, and unfortunately,...

Perennials: Italian Heather "Erica Ventricosa", erica ventricosa, control plants
erica ventricosa, control plants, poison control: Hi Ginny, Thanx for your question. I cannot find any information that leads me to believe any member of the Erica family is poisonous to cats or dogs. There is a species Calluna which is related to the Ericas that is poisonous but Italian Heather is not...

Perennials: 17 yr old blue lacy hydrangea, woody growth, pest infestation
woody growth, pest infestation, storm damage: Hi Amalia, Thanx for your question. Make sure they are well watered. If it s been hot and dry, they may need some hydration. Check for pest infestation. Sometimes after heavy pruning, the plants will droop a lot because the greener growth is not as sturdy...

Perennials: Asiatic Lilies, asiatic lilies, plant bloom
asiatic lilies, plant bloom, horticulture agent: Hi Pam, Thanx for your question. It s hard to say what happened without being able to examine the plant. The plants in your picture do indeed look healthy. The cold spell could have caused the blossom failure, there could have been a parasite or disease...

Perennials: Crape Myrtles & Reflected Southern Sun, south central kansas, crape myrtles
south central kansas, crape myrtles, leaf mold: Hi Tim, Thanx for your question and thanx for your kind comments. I hope you and your family are doing well also. I ve grown crape myrtle from seed I obtained in the South and had some good experiences with it here in the Kansas City area. There is a...

Perennials: Dividing 4 o'clock tuber with live plant, perennial shrub, seed pods
perennial shrub, seed pods, afternoon heat: Hi Jessica, Thanx for your question. The pictures you sent (which were very helpful, thank you!) indicate healthy 4 O Clocks (Mirabilis jalapa). I wouldn t touch them. I would continue to water them once a week if you re not having regular rain. I wouldn...

Perennials: peonies, grass fertilizer, nitrogen fertilizers
grass fertilizer, nitrogen fertilizers, lawn chemicals: Hi Tess, Thanx for your question. Generally, peonies are pretty easy and carefree. Is it possible that lawn chemicals, such as grass fertilizer are leaching into the peony bed? This will cause green growth at the expense of blossom growth. Very seldom...

Perennials: tiger lilies, tiger lilies, black seeds
tiger lilies, black seeds, potting soil: Hi Sadie, Thanx for your question. Your tiger lilies have finished blooming. Allow the stalk to wither and turn brown. While it is green and has the strips of leaves, it is drawing energy from the sun which is stored in the bulbs for next year s blom and...

Perennials: Hypericum calycinum, hypericum calycinum, fish emulsion
hypericum calycinum, fish emulsion, st john s wort: Hi Joe, Thanx for your question. Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I have looked everywhere to see if I could find anything on this. These plants are pretty much carefree but occasional can be victims of several diseases. One cause could be...

Perennials: Russian Sage, russian sage, dead leaves
russian sage, dead leaves, root ball: Hi Donna, Thanx for your question. First, make sure the plant is well-draining and water or dampness is not sitting at or near the roots. This plant loves dry conditions and will susceptible to root rot if overly exposed to water. There are no known pests...

Perennials: Black Lace Bush, black lace, dormancy
black lace, dormancy, zone 5: Hi Alisa, Sorry to delay in getting the answer to you. Is there any way you can send a picture? The plant has some sensitivity to the cooler areas of the USA. It will survive in Zone 5 and possibly Zone 4 but will die back to the ground. It may be entering...

Perennials: Black Lace Bush, spider mites, black lace
spider mites, black lace, little bugs: Hi Alisa, As I do my research I am finding that a lot of people are having similar difficulty with this plant. It s a new cultivar, so it hasn t been tested by time. A lot of people are experiencing a sharp decline in its condition. It often recovers, but...

Perennials: crape myrtle bush, master gardener volunteer, county master gardener
master gardener volunteer, county master gardener, copiague ny: Hi Anna, Thanx for your question. Because I don t live in your area, I can t advise on where to purchase the crape myrtle but you re in a good zone for one to grow nicely. You should be able to locate a suitable shrub in your local nurseries and even some...

Perennials: my easter lily, easter lily, easier this way
easter lily, easier this way, begonia: Hi Jutta, Thanx for your questions. The Easter Lily-don t cut anything back until it starts to wilt. The leaves and stems are gathering energy for next years growth. This energy is stored in the bulb in the form of sugars and starches. The bulbils along...

Perennials: growing honeysuckle Belgica from seed, plastic baggie, seed question
plastic baggie, seed question, propigation: Hi Jonathan, Thanx for the follow-up. Generally, we only prune lonicera when it gets unruly or you want to contain it. Remove all dead or dying material and dispose of in rubbish pile. Generally, I don t recommend putting in compost pile in case of disease....

Perennials: obedient plant, long tap, white vinegar
long tap, white vinegar, cider vinegar: Hi Jackie, Forgive me for the delay in answering your question and thank you for asking. There are several things you can do. All are labor intensive and require precision and care. The first thing you can do, is dig up everything you want to keep and...

Perennials: 25 feet walkway with Agapanthus
Hi Will, I m sorry it has taken so long to get back with you. I had a death in the family and I just took off to get things settled. So please accept my apologies and I hope there was not too much inconvenience. Here is a listing of top drought tolerant...

Perennials: Borders with Agapanthus and Mini Roses, Drought tolerant, long blooming perennials
Drought tolerant, long blooming perennials: Hello Will This is an interesting challenge. Agapathus blooms from spring to fall, enjoys neutral soil, and is drought tolerant. I personally like a full season of bloom, and although my season is shorter than yours, I have some ideas. Nepetas would...

Perennials: PRUNING LILACS FOR GROWTH
Hi Ken, Thanx for your question. Prune back lilacs right after they bloom. Prune them back severely when they are unruly and out of control. I would just trim them back every year, after they bloom. If you trim later, say in the fall or spring...you will...

Perennials: ground cover for slope that does not attract Bees
Hi Jo Anna, Thanx for your question. Check out these for non-invasive California native ground covers. http://www.laspilitas.com/nature-of-california/plants/arctostaphylos-pacific-mist http://www.laspilitas.com/nature-of-california/plants/arctostaphylos-edmundsii-carmel-sur-manzanita...

Perennials: Planting my roundabout.
Hello Sarah It s pretty difficult to identify plants from a small picture, but there looks to be a selection of conifers and the flowers look like they may be Euphorbia. I understand what you want to do, so I d advise you to go along to your nearest...

Perennials: Bracteantha
Hi Vito, Thanx for your question. Bracteantha is only hardy from USDA Zones 8-11 which is well south of New Jersey. The plant is native to Australia. You may be able to keep it as a potted plant and move the plant into an unheated garage that does not...

Perennials: Sun loving plants
Hi Diana, Thanx for your question. I recommend looking at High Country Gardens http://www.highcountrygardens.com/ There are lots of ideas in their catalogue for plants that are good for the Western US and are good for xeriscaping/low water requirements....

Perennials: Lichen fungus, Lichens, Rose of Sharaon
Lichens, Rose of Sharaon: Hello Judy, I am sorry that you are having such difficulties. However, the lichens are not causing the problem that you are seeing. Lichens are not disease causing organisms. They actually have a beneficial relationship with the plant on which they...

Perennials: Pachysandra
Marianne, Thanx for your question. I would wait a few weeks. If the plants had a good root system, there is an excellent chance that leaves and stems will regenerate. Water once a week if no regular rain. Give it two weeks. I hope this helps. To...

Perennials: Perennial landscaping ideas
Hi Brad, Thanx for your question and the pics too. That is always helpful. I m not much of a landscaping kind of guy. I know how to propagate plants, etc., but, I ve not got the artistic eye ya know? I do know what I would do if it were my slope and...

Perennials: Black Lace Bush
Hi Alicia, You were right to remove the dead growth. If you continue to have problems with what appear to be borers, you may want to take a sample in to your local county extension agent. They will look at the sample and help you diagnose the problem and...

Perennials: Foxglove Problems
Hi Dale, Thanx for your question. Most foxgloves are biennial or at best, short-lived perennials. Generally, a foxglove spends the first year (from seed) producing foliage for gathering energy from the sun for next year s blooming and seed production. ...

Perennials: hostas in mulch
Hi Carl, Thanx for your question. You can mulch heavily and then after the last frost, pull some of the mulch away from the crown of the plant so the shoots can come up successfully. Keep piling the much up around the plant to reduce weed. You can also...

Perennials: Peonies
Hi Patty, Thanx for your question. It sounds to me like the rhizome rotted and died. Peonies do not do well in the Deep South. Peonies need a cold winter. Growth begins to die back in late summer and is all but gone by winter. The rhizome has stored...

Perennials: hydrangeas
Hi Jewel, Thanx for your question. It depends upon what type of hydrangea you have. If you had any kind of cold snap this spring, that could have done the blooming buds in, especially if you notice other folks hydrangeas did not bloom either. It s usually...

Perennials: Rhubarb
Hi Dawn, Thanx for your question. Chances are, there is too much shade to successfully grow rhubarb underneath these trees. Rhubarb requires at least 6-8 hours of sunlight a day and I think thee would be too much shade. I think the plant will grow but...

Perennials: Advice about Dahlias seen in Tiffany & Company, NYC, swan island dahlias, dahlia tubers
swan island dahlias, dahlia tubers, tiffany company: Patricia, There is no time to waste if you want to mail-order Dahlias for the summer of 2006. It is not yet warm enough to plant Dahlia tubers where I live, but you did not specify where you live; in Georgia or Zone 8 somewhere you can get those in the ground...

Perennials: Agapanthus/Lily of the Nile, deer resistance, agapanthus africanus, lily of the nile
agapanthus africanus, lily of the nile, natural forage: Hi Vicki, According to Texas A&M University and Oregon State University, agapanthus is deer resistant. Most deer will eat just about anything if there is not enough natural forage. I can tell you from experience. I have a small market farm of 2 acres and...

Perennials: Ailing plant, soil dries, dipladenia
soil dries, dipladenia, sunny window: Hi Laura, Thanx for your question. Sorry it took me so long to answer, I ve been off line a couple of days. Dipladenia should be cut back to about 2 feet when you bring it indoors for the winter. It probably will not bloom during the winter while inside....

Perennials: Ajuga reptans, bluestone perennials, white flower farm
bluestone perennials, white flower farm, shady oaks nursery: John, I guess garden centers are just stocking plants that put on big,colorful blooms to catch their customers. That s just business. But,usually a local nursery,if it is fairly good size should have some I would think.Ajuga is easy to grow and does spread...

Perennials: Alstroemeria Princess Lilies, princess lilies, cold garage
princess lilies, cold garage, alstroemeria: Hi Bill, Thanx for your question. It is best to grow Alstroemeria in you area in containers and then bring the containers indoors for the winter to a cool basement or garage that gets cold but doesn t freeze. Alstroemeria rhizomes are brittle and it is...

Perennials: Alstroemeria, basement water, lowe s
basement water, lowe s, first frost: Hi Suellen, Thanx for your question. Plant the alstroemeria in a pot that you can bring into a cool but not freezing basement before the first frost. The plant doesn t tolerate freezing but you ll need to allow it to go dormant for the winter. That means...

Perennials: Is it Althea?, hibiscus plants, hibiscus syriacus
hibiscus plants, hibiscus syriacus, s yard: Hi Pat, Thanx for your question. It sounds like a hybrid althea to me. Usually, althea refers to the Rose of Sharon or Hibiscus syriacus as you mentioned however there are many cultivars now and many are double and triple petaled plants. Althea are related...

Perennials: Amaryllis Storage, vermiculite perlite, amaryllis bulbs
vermiculite perlite, amaryllis bulbs, peat moss: Hi Joe, thanx for your question. I keep my amaryllis in a long planter and I never remove them. I just set the planter outdoors in the summertime. When it is time to bring them back indoors, I put them in my non-freezing basement and leave them in the...

Perennials: Annabel Hydrangea, nikko blue hydrangea, hydrangea family
nikko blue hydrangea, hydrangea family, hydrangea care: Debbie, They usually turn lime green then eventually they will turn white then mellow into a blush color. If you have it planted in deep shade that may be the reason.Also,the Hydrangea family has always been very stubborn for some reason.They never do what...

Perennials: Annabelle Hydrangea looks sick, slow release fertilizer, annabelles
slow release fertilizer, annabelles, afternoon sun: Hi Rayleen, Thanx for the additionaly information. I don t think you have a problem just plants growing at their own paces. If the plants starts not to perform, then, I would have a problem but you indicated they all bloomed, nothing looks out of the ordinary...

Perennials: Anthurium, diy stores, lowe s
diy stores, lowe s, home depot: Hi Udene, Thanx for your question. Feed the plant with a 12-12-12 fertilizer available at Walmart or DIY stores like Home Depot or Lowe s. Also, your local nursery will have this fertilizer. Follow the directions on the bottle. A gentle misting every...

Perennials: Aquilegia, woody perennials, seed pods
woody perennials, seed pods, aquilegia columbine: Hi Regina, Thanx for your question. Pruning involves cutting branches off of shrubs or woody perennials. Deadheading is what is called when one snips off spent blooms or seed pods from a perennial plant such as aquilegia. The answer is no...aquilegia/columbine...

Perennials: Argyranthemum frutescens 'Supalight', southern california south, coastal southern california
southern california south, coastal southern california, extreme south: Hi Jean, Thanx for your question. The plant is perennial in zones 10 and 11 which is coastal southern California, South Florida and extreme south Texas. It is used as an annual elsewhere. It may die down in the winter in zone 9 and come back when the weather...

Perennials: Artemesia, silver queen, sweethearts
silver queen, sweethearts, spade: Kathie, There are dozens of Artemesias and I love them all.They are sweethearts in the garden.The silver foliage is a must for any garden.I use it like crazy! But you did not mention what type. Can you either tell me the variety or send a photo to my email...

Perennials: Asian Jasmine propagation, warm wet sand, plastic baggie
warm wet sand, plastic baggie, sand seal: Hi Doug, Thanx for your question. Wait until spring and then take 6-8 inch green (soft) cuttings and strip off all but the last couple of leaves. Dip the cuttings in a rooting hormone and plant in a pot of warm, wet sand. Seal this inside a clear plastic...

Perennials: Asiatic Lilies, pest control experts, asiatic lilies
pest control experts, asiatic lilies, photosynthesis: This is definitely a problem, Dale. Removing leaves at this time of year makes life difficult for Lilies. These plants need their leaves for photosynthesis. With fewer leaves, there is less energy for the plant, and less to bloom with. Bummer. Do...

Perennials: Asiatic Lillies, asiatic lillies, transport tubes
asiatic lillies, transport tubes, energy from the sun: Hi Rebecca, Thanx for your question. Don t bend the lily stalks that are still collecting energy from the sun. When you bend the stalks you will break and clog transport tubes much like our circulatory system that is carrying the nutrients down to the bulb....

Perennials: Aster 'Wild Romance', wild romance, pretty flower
wild romance, pretty flower, asters: Hi YWU, Thanx for your question. PInch your asters back 6-8 inches at least once before July 4th of this year. Just like chrysanthemums, asters will be stockier and bushier if they are pinched back one or more times before July. I hope this helps. To...

Perennials: Astilbe foliage, rich humus soil, sellersville pa
rich humus soil, sellersville pa, nearby plants: Richard, Astilbes should be planted in moist,lightly shaded areas,or dappled shade.In deep shade they will not flower as much.Rich humus soil is ideal.Keep them out of dry sunny locations.Mulching helps keep the roots moist. I have had several different...

Perennials: Astilbe - why are the leaves dying?, leaf mold, pine needles
leaf mold, pine needles, oak leaves: Hi David, Thanx for your question. Yes, I think your plant is just getting used to its surroundings. Make sure the soil is moist but not soggy and don t let the soil dry all the way out. A little acidity is nice so use leaf mold, oak leaves or pine needles...

Perennials: Astilbe varieties, lulea sweden, hostas
lulea sweden, hostas, google: Hello, Crystal -- The Allexperts Computer informs me you did not receive the answer I posted earlier. So I am resending it and I hope you get it soon. One little detail I think that gets lost in the sauce here is that it seems to me that your Mother is...

Perennials: Autumn Joy Sedum, autumn joy sedum, compost pile
autumn joy sedum, compost pile, clumps: Hi Rosalie, Thanx for your question. I haven t divided mine for several years. Divide them when they get too messy or too crowded. Put the excess divisions in the compost pile if you don t need them. Cut back these plants in the fall after they have bloomed....

Perennials: Azalea and Victoria, miracle grow plant food, azalea society
miracle grow plant food, azalea society, kitty kitty: Kitty, I LOVE azaleas!!!! I just have never had one. I do take care of several for clients and I gather my information from the website of the Azalea Society of America http://www.azaleas.org/index.pl/faq.html They ve always steered me in the right...

Perennials: Azalea, potting soil, azalea
potting soil, azalea, better luck: A Laine, I thought it astonishing when you said they were still blooming!Then I read where your location is. Ours stopped blooming in May or June here in western Kentucky.Lucky you.Color in November! We pulled up some large ones just this past summer after...

Perennials: Azaleas, azaleas, cutback
azaleas, cutback, spring and summer: You can trim them, removing the spent flowers and gently pruning to shape them, but the best care you can give your Azaleas are an occasional Watering with 1 teaspoon of vinegar per gallong of water and some fertilizer (spring and summer only - NOT NOW!)....

Perennials: Azaleas, moisture loss, azaleas
moisture loss, azaleas, wilt proof: Do not cut them back because the buds that will flower next spring are already developed. You should prune your azaleas as soon as they are done flowering. For the winter, you can mulch around the base of each shrub with Hay to help insulate and protect...

Perennials: Azaleas, release fertilizer, dormant period
release fertilizer, dormant period, spring color: Roger, Since Azaleas bloom in spring it would be best if you left them alone until well after their bloom has ceased,which in your area would probably be the end of May depending on how early your spring season starts. I would however clean them out by removing...

Perennials: Azalias.......I just bought..., granular fertilizer, beautiful blooms
granular fertilizer, beautiful blooms, midday sun: Chuck, Azaleas are beautiful in mid Spring. Right now they are forming buds that will open slowly into blossoms of an array of colors. The deciduous(plants that lose their leaves in winter) ones will flower at about the same time their leaves are coming in.The...

Perennials: Azalias., plenty of sunshine, orange colour
plenty of sunshine, orange colour, azalia: Not much of a chance,but all you can do is wait and see next year. Make sure it is not planted too deep and that is has plenty of sunshine and water.That is what Azaleas like. Sometimes all the care in the world will not help it. I have had similar experiences...

Perennials: too much acid in soil, uses for baking soda, sunflower plant
uses for baking soda, sunflower plant, powdery mildew: Jennifer dear, What were you thinking? Baking soda sprayed with horticultural oil and water is a great way to kill fungus on infected leaves. But I am not aware of any uses for baking soda as, say, a mulch or fertilizer. Sunflowers, which tend to suffer...

Perennials: ailing plant, dipladenia, unfortuneately
dipladenia, unfortuneately, cold nights: Laura, The Dipladenia is commonly known as a Mandevilla sanderii which is a tender annual in your zone unfortuneately,but it still may be ok. Go to this address and read more on the type of plant you have: http://www.weidners.com/dipladenia.html (just copy...

Perennials: alstromeria, upper 80s, deep south
upper 80s, deep south, thanx: Hi Helena, Thanx for your question. What type of climate do you live in? If it the alstromeria bloomed through Christmas you must live somewhere in the deep South. I assume it s probably very warm right now. It has been in and out of the 90s and upper...

Perennials: alstromeria maintenance, royal horticultural society, dead flowers
royal horticultural society, dead flowers, alstroemeria: Hi Kristin, Here is a website from the Royal Horticultural Society in the UK with info on alstroemeria. If you leave the dead flowers, seedlings may develop and as with most hybrids, the seedlings seldom resemble the parents and are usually of less quality....

Perennials: alstromeria, garden web forum, plant blooms
garden web forum, plant blooms, google: Helena, i am a member on Garden Web and copied a few comments for you about other gardeners experience with Alstromeria which I have had no experience with. Also go to www.google.com and type in Alstromeria and you will find hundreds of info links to solve...

Perennials: What should I do with my amaryllis..., soil level, lit window
soil level, lit window, prch: Terry, Cut it back to about 3 to 4 above soil level AFTER the foliage has turned yellow or brown.The bulb needs the green nutrients from the foliage for future blooms. Then just set it outdoors on a prch or patio and let it continue to grow. You can also...

Perennials: angels trumpet, angel trumpet plant, thompson morgan
angel trumpet plant, thompson morgan, partial shade: Go to the following websites to read further about Angel Trumpet plant. They look gorgeous!! http://www.emilycompost.com/angels_trumpet.htm http://plants.thompson-morgan.com/uk/en/product/2233/1 This one seems to be the best site! http://plantsdatabase.com/go/64965/...

Perennials: anthurium care, hi flor, colorful blooms
hi flor, colorful blooms, spadix: Hi Flor, Thanx for your question. If your plant has become crowded in the pot this can and does adversely affect the plant. The actual flowers are in the spadix or the appendage that extends out of the heart shaped spathe. The plant will often send up...

Perennials: asian lily care, asiatic lilies, blooms
asiatic lilies, blooms, stalk: Robert, Asiatic lilies bloom one time per growing season. Once they bloom and all the petals fall off just let the stalk remain until it turns brown/yellow them cut back to the ground. The stalk is getting nutrients to the bulbs during this time. Rest...

Perennials: asiatic lilies, novice gardener, asiatic lilies
novice gardener, asiatic lilies, seed pods: Hi Rita, Thanx for your question. Definitely remove the seed pods as they will take energy away from the bulb. Lilies like these bloom once during the summer. Remove the pods but allow the stems to remain until they start to turn brown and then you can...

Perennials: asiatic lilies, asiatic lilies, poor soil
asiatic lilies, poor soil, energy from the sun: Hi Terri, Thanx for your question. Asiatic lilies bloom once a year, in the summer, they are pretty much done now in most parts of the USA. They prefer full sun and unless you have really bad soil, they really don t require much fuss. If you fertilize...

Perennials: asiatic lillies, asiatic lillies, asiatic lilies
asiatic lillies, asiatic lilies, cold period: Hi Lee, Thanx for your question. Asiatic lilies require a cold period, even in the mid-South. Unless you live in South Florida, South Texas or Southern California you don t have to cold-treat your asiatic lilies. I think they are rated to Zone 9. If you...

Perennials: asiatic lillies, lily buds, slug problem
lily buds, slug problem, asiatic lily: Sounds like possible Slugs, dear. Go out at night with a flashlight and look for them on the stalks. They go after mine every year. Especially at the cooler times of year, with damp weather. Slugs love the leaves, too. Get yourself a container of Diatomaceous...

Perennials: asiatic lillies, asiatic lillies, seed pods
asiatic lillies, seed pods, lilies: Hi Michael, Thanx for your question. Allow the lilies to turn brown. Right now the green part of the plant is producing sugars through photosynthesis for storage in the bulb for next year s growth and bloom so you don t want to cut anything green off except...

Perennials: asiatic and ornimental lillies, north american lily society, cold periods
north american lily society, cold periods, lillies: Hi Jan, Thanx for your question. Lily seeds vary in their requirements for germination. Many require cold periods to break dormancy. Some will start underground the first year and then germinate above ground the second year. Here is an excellent reference...

Perennials: astilbes, hours of sun, related travel
hours of sun, related travel, south shore: Hi Josephine, Thanx for your question. I am leaving for Boston today for a month (work related travel). I love the are! Can t wait to get up there. In answer to your question, yes, too much sun. The plant will become accustomed though because you don...

Perennials: azalea, soil mixture, cedar mulch
soil mixture, cedar mulch, chicken manure: Robert, You ve already cut back the stalks so don t touch them (they should only be pruned AFTER all the blooming has occurred).Definitely remove the mulch. Add some acidic fertilizer -add to a gallon of water and put a few gallons around the perimeter...

Perennials: azalea bushes, azalea bushes, azaleas
azalea bushes, azaleas, late spring: Barbara, It s really best to trim them after they have ceased blooming in early summer or late spring. A severe trimming in the fall could result in no blooms in springtime since Azaleas set their buds in fall.You could do just a surface trim now however...

Perennials: azalea, azalea bush, acid loving plants
azalea bush, acid loving plants, shady location: Jill, Yes I am having the same trouble here. Sunlight makes a huge difference. Use some acidic plant food specifically for acid loving plants like the Azalea,such as Miracid.Feed it really deep. Dappled shade will show you some blooms but not as many or as...

Perennials: azaleas, azaleas, front yard
azaleas, front yard, two feet: Hi Bryan, Thanx for your question. I don t think you killed you azaleas. I think you pruned them too severely and it is going to take some time (probably the rest of this season) for them to fill back in. The best time to prune azaleas is right after they...

Perennials: azelia, potting soil, rooting hormone
potting soil, rooting hormone, soil water: Kerry, Sure. Just take a 5 to 6 inch cutting and strip most of the leaves off.Make the cut at the end diagonal.Dip it into rooting hormone and place it into fresh potting soil.Water it about every 2 days. Keep it indoors by a window out of direct sunlight....

Perennials: BAY TREE., john weir, brown patches
john weir, brown patches, landscaping trees: John, I haven t a clue as to what to do with a Bay tree,because I ve never actually seen one.I do love the leaves though in wreaths. Go to our panelists of experts and look under Gardening-Landscaping-Trees.I think in that order you can get a tree expert.I...

Perennials: Bare root perennials, late date, early spring
late date, early spring, 5b: You may still be able to plant these in the ground. The weather has been changing so much in the past few years that I ve even planted in late October and Nov and I m in 5B. If you feel the weather is not going to remain tepid, plant into pots and keep...

Perennials: Basket, drainage holes, flower bloom
drainage holes, flower bloom, proper drainage: Deb, It looks like a concrete. Does it have drainage holes?Very important to have proper drainage.Deb, It looks like a concrete. Does it have drainage holes?Very important to have proper drainage. I decided to email you anyway. Just keep in mind about...

Perennials: BEETBERRY PLANT, blue heron, amish country
blue heron, amish country, pond fish: Hi Cindy, Thanx for your question. I do recall someone sending in a question regarding a blue heron eating pond fish. I m glad a fake one worked. Unfortunately, I don t think I had the brains to suggest that! ;o) Check out this URL. http://www.seedsofchange.com/garden_center/product_details.asp?item_no=S13420...

Perennials: Begonia, summer bedding plants, miniature roses
summer bedding plants, miniature roses, moist soil: Sorry this took so long to reply,but my computer has had a virus among many other annoying habits. Anyway,you are both right. The annual Begonia is used mostly for summer bedding plants.They are grown from seed and you should just throw them out when they...

Perennials: Begonia, tropical area, perennial plant
tropical area, perennial plant, hanging basket: Hi Rich, Thanx for your question. A begonia is a perennial plant in it s native land. I m not sure if that s Mexico or South America. But it s definitely from a tropical area. We use them as annuals in the United States and Western Europe. You can sometimes...

Perennials: Begonia, weather changes, cold temps
weather changes, cold temps, sunny window: You are BOTH right--depending on the environment you put the Begonia in. In the summer, the begonia can remain outdoors in the partial shade. When the weather changes to mostly cold temps, bring the plant indoors and put it in the brightest (not most...

Perennials: Begonias, wax begonias, balanced fertilizer
wax begonias, balanced fertilizer, begonia: Hi Debbie, Thanx for your question. There are several types of begonias that will do well in full sun. Wax begonias are the most common. I grow angel wing begonias in large urns outdoors in full sun. Use a 12-12-12 balanced fertilizer and follow the instructions...

Perennials: Best Landscape for Fragrance - Zone 7, madame isaac pereire, fragrant blooms
madame isaac pereire, fragrant blooms, leonie bell: Years ago, a book titled The Fragrant Year became the bible for gardeners who felt just like you do. Helen Van Pelt Wilson and Leonie Bell gardened in Connecticut and published their diaries of fragrance and hardiness for every shrub, tree, annual, perennial...

Perennials: Best way to start new roots from a plant clipping, warm wet sand, plastic baggie
warm wet sand, plastic baggie, mandevilla plant: Hi Janet, Thanx for your question. Take a green/soft wood cutting from the vine where the stem meets the main vine. Use a sharp knife instead of scissors. The cutting should be 6-8 inches long. Strip all but the last 2 or 3 leaves off of the cutting....

Perennials: Best way to start, dead shrubs, bluestone perennials
dead shrubs, bluestone perennials, leaps and bounds: Long Island s South Shore is most notable for the color of its light on a Summer Day. It s a combination of light bouncing off the Sand, the Sky, and the soft, hazy Ocean Air. I don t know where you used to live, but the South Shore has an unforgettable...

Perennials: Big Mature Tree, tree roots, proper space
tree roots, proper space, mature tree: Good Lord! What a huge problem!Trees that are not planted in the proper space can cause a huge headache and an even bigger expense. I harp on this over and over to every one of my customers and anyone within earshot.This is really a problem that should have...

Perennials: Bird Bath - Flower/Plant Ideas, drought tolerant plants, landscape fabric
drought tolerant plants, landscape fabric, plants flowers: I once saw a birdbath positioned in the middle of a lawn, slightly elevated off the ground and surrounded by Hostas. It looked so lovely to me back then that I have been putting Hostas around birdbaths for 25 years, and placing them in the center of the lawn....

Perennials: Bishop's Weed, aegopodium podagraria, sheet mulch
aegopodium podagraria, sheet mulch, garden weeds: Bishop s Weed aka Ground Elder -- Aegopodium podagraria -- grows FAST all the way up to Zone 3a. It is known to be highly invasive. In its essay, The biology and non-chemical control of Ground Elder , Britain s organic HDRA declares that Bishop s Weed ...

Perennials: Bittersweet vine, bittersweet vine, celastrus scandens
bittersweet vine, celastrus scandens, blueberry bush: Annamay, I don t know what to say about your mother s gardening techniques - but I can refer you to Va. Coop Extension s Bittersweet web page (www.ext.vt.edu/departments/envirohort/factsheets/vines/ambtrswt.html) and you will read some very specific answers...

Perennials: BLACKEYED SUSANS/DAY LILIES/IRIS, black eyed susans, day lilies
black eyed susans, day lilies, hybrid plants: Hi Marilyn. Yes, black-eyed Susan will spread both by growth and by seeding itself. However, if it blooms very enthusiastically, the clump can die. To keep your plants growing strong, divide them every second or third year. Daylilies take a break midway...

Perennials: NO BLOOMS, tiger lilies, orange blooms
tiger lilies, orange blooms, tiger lily: That is very strange indeed for a wild tiger lily.They are usually very prolific bloomers.You said the area is a little more shaded now and that could be significant,because all Tiger Lilies need lots of sunshine to produce those big orange blooms.I used to...

Perennials: Black bugs on black-eyed susans, black eyed susans, aphid populations
black eyed susans, aphid populations, aphid numbers: Dino, Few growing garden plants have the good luck needed to escape the Attack of the Aphids you are experiencing with your flowers. Aphids come in different colors and shapes, but they are all soft-bodied insects designed to suck the life out of plant...

Perennials: Black Eye Susan / Little Joe Pye Weed, black eye susans, joe pye weed
black eye susans, joe pye weed, toad lily: Hey Bill, Thanx for the followup. Iris cristata (crested iris), any aquilegia (columbines, after the blooms the foliage looks great!), lungwort, lobelia, lily-of-the-valley, geranium (but this is not the type you are used to, check with your local nursery...

Perennials: Black Eye susan, black eyed susans, black eye susans
black eyed susans, black eye susans, compost pile: Hi Richard, Thanx for your question. It sounds like you have a fungal problem. Black-eyed Susans seldom have problems but when they do, fungus is one of the problems. Fungus occurs when the plants are too crowded, not enough air flow and/or too much moisture...

Perennials: Black Eyed Susan, black eyed susan, black thumb
black eyed susan, black thumb, black eyed susan plant: Hi Sarah, Thanx for your question. If you recently potted (and I m wondering why?) your Black-eyed Susan it has suffered some root shock. You re watering it too much. If it s in a pot, allow the top of the soil to dry out before watering again. It needs...

Perennials: Black Eyed Susans, black eyed susans, john calnan
black eyed susans, john calnan, invasive weed species: John, you are learning the meaning of the word INVASIVE. Blackeyed Susan - Rudbeckia hirta to Botanists - is so tough it rates its own USDA Webpage (plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=RUHI2) and a place on the official government Invasive Weed Species...

Perennials: Black Eyed Susans, fungal diseases, milwaukee wi
fungal diseases, milwaukee wi, plants: Hi Robin, Thanx for the additional info. Leaves will curl if it has been particularly warm and dry. The other reason is that a fungal infestation may be manifesting itself about which you can t do much. Make sure your plants get water once a week and they...

Perennials: Black Eyed Susans, black eyed susans, woody material
black eyed susans, woody material, first frost: Hi Linda, Thanx for your question. Most perennials (including Black-eyed Susans) should be divided every three years. Dig up the clump in the Autumn, at least 30 days before the first frost, remove any dead or woody material and usually, one can cut the...