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Paul Duffy March 7, 2010 at 1:21 pm

My garden is mostly a shaded area from my house. Could you please advise me on what types of flowers/plants survive best in shaded areas.

Thank you very much.

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Anonymous March 11, 2010 at 6:35 am

Thanks for your question!

Here’s a great thread on flowers that work well in shady areas.
http://gardeningchannel.com/forums/flower-gardening/260-flowers-shady-areas.html

About.com also has a good page with lots of information.
http://landscaping.about.com/od/plantsforshadyareas/Plants_for_Shady_Areas_Shade_Gardens.htm

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T J Daff March 22, 2010 at 3:02 pm

My hydrangia that I planted three seasons ago has never flowered. I’ve heard something about acid levels having to do with the color of the flowers. Can you halp me!
Thanks

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Lars March 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm

@T J Daff,

Yes, your pH level will affect the color of your hydrangeas.

Here’s are two good links for you:
http://www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/faqs/hydrangeafaq2.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/6635546/Theres-a-hydrangea-for-all-types-of-garden.html

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Eva ..W April 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm

We have a Hibiscuis tree which is one year old. Last fall the there seemed to be a lot of buds, it had bloomed during the summer. Now it doesn’t seem to be greening up at all and the dead buds are still there. What should I do?

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Lars April 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm

@Eva ..W,

It’s hard to say from your description, not knowing which part of the country you are in, and what kind of hibiscus tree it is.

There are temperate types of hibiscus and tropical types. Tropical types will not do well in the winter.

Here’s a good thread on Gardenweb which might give you some ideas:
http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/contain/msg1020450920185.html

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Caroline Mast April 3, 2010 at 10:41 am

I have lots of trees in my yard, so alot of soil is tree root bound. Any suggestions???

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Fay Kuhn April 20, 2010 at 7:54 am

@Caroline Mast,

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Fay Kuhn April 5, 2010 at 9:55 am

Love your site! Question: My Birthday and Easter is so often at about the same time. I receive pots of Easter Lilys, tulips, and Hyacinth for gifts. I live in Il.; 50 miles from Chicago how can I transplant these from the pots to my garden?

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Carla Shoemaker April 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I just brought home 13- 6″potted Kalanchoe plants from the lobby of my office building. They are still in full bloom and I would like to know how to plant and care for them outside in the flowerbed. I live in Houston, Texas with temps already in the high 70’s in April with temps up in the high 90’s in the summer and high humidity the majority of the year. I would love to use them in a mass planting but am not sure of the sun exposure, soil and fertilizer needed. Also would they be better left in their pots and planted in the bed or removed? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

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Lars April 8, 2010 at 6:52 am

@Carla Shoemaker,

I’d probably stick with keeping them in pots. I’m not sure you’re going to have a lot of luck planting them outside. You’ll need well drained soil if you do, because they like to dry out between waterings and don’t like it soggy.

Here are a couple of good pages for you.

http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/426/426-101/426-101.html
http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPub.aspx?P=G6511#Kalanchoe

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dee April 17, 2010 at 10:00 am

i bought tulips and dafidills that were left over from easter is it ok to plant yhem now or should i wait till fall

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Monica Müller April 18, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Good day

I am staying in the Eastern Cape and will be appreciated if you could give me contact details where I can buy the Peonie Plant at nurseries in South Africa.

Thank you

Regards

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Mike Garrison April 21, 2010 at 9:24 am

I have some iris’s that are growing in a bad place ( rarely ever flower). What is the best time of year to transplant iris’s?
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It may not be the location of the plants. Iris plants seem to fizzle a little after a few years. So, it’s suggested to divide and transplant every three to four years from mid-July to mid-August. You are probably safe to transplant after it stops flowering. Here’s an article on how to divide and transplant iris.

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Pat April 27, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I bought four black eyed susans last summer-they were 3 feet tall. I haven’t seen a sign of them coming back this year and everything else is coming up. I live in southeastern Wisconsin. Will they come up later in summer? I thought they were perennials.

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Cathy May 5, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I planted sweet william last spring and they had some colorful blooms on them. They came back this year very big and healthy looking, but what appears to be the flowers are green in color. Why didn’t the pink flowers come back? Or is it too soon? I live on the east coast on the Jersey shore.
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Sweet William flowers typically are white, pink, salmon, and red. Sometimes they can be purple or lavender, but I’ve never seen a green flower for Dianthus barbatus. Sweet Williams are set off by their fragrant smell. There are many hybrids of dianthus because they cross breed pretty freely. I wonder if your flowers are just a paler pink this year, almost white, and reflecting the color of the leaves. Could it be? Check with your extension agency in the county. You can pick a flower or two and a few stems and leaves to take by the extension center. Someone there should be able to tell you exactly what is going on. And, let us know what they say. I’ve never heard of a green flowering Sweet William.

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GARY CHRISTENSEN May 8, 2010 at 12:51 pm

IS THERE A WAY TO KEEP DEER AND RABBITS OUT OF A FLOWER BED? WE VOLUNTEER TO PLANT AND MAINTAIN A FLOWER BED ON ONE TEE BOX OF OUR LOCAL GOLF COURSE AND THESE ANIMALS ARE A PROBLEM. THANKS, GARY CHRISTENSEN

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Melissa May 25, 2010 at 4:48 pm

I planted some Asclepias (Milkweed) flowers. Daily I am taking off leaves that have turned completely yellow. The undersides of the leaves have black tiny dots. Some of the leaves that are completely yellow have a brownish – orange color to them. Even the new growth baby leaves are turning yellow.

Is this due to pest infestation? I have applied soapy water to them a few times but it does not seem to help.
Thank you for your help.

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KhiAnne May 30, 2010 at 5:27 am

Hi! I just accidentally saw your site. And I think your a big help for us. Just want to know, what are the flowers you can suggest we can plant in our resort? Flowers that can survive in tropical climate like here in the Philippines?. looking forward for your suggestion. Thank you. 🙂

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L.Cann June 11, 2010 at 4:07 am

I have a Hypericum in a large plant pot. This year all the leaves are going brown at the edges – what could be the problem.

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Richard June 14, 2010 at 10:57 am

Have in pot “star of bethleam” it bloomed and then withered, can it be brought back to live and how?

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Karen June 14, 2010 at 11:50 am

Can and how can I divide “bleeding hearts?” I have 2 plants that have spread to 5′ across. Thanks

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maureen July 12, 2010 at 11:03 am

i have grown sweet peas for the first time,do i cot them down and if so when, do they appear again next year or do you take the whole thing out and start again,they grew and fowered beautiful and got many fragrant flowers, many thanx

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Beatrice July 16, 2010 at 1:27 pm

i live in the Hudson Valley in Columbia County. i would like to jump start a second batch of sunflowers. Is there any chance they will bloom before the frost ?

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alma mauney July 18, 2010 at 8:21 pm

i have a large hydranger bush . it was beautyful this year.when is the right time to cut it back ,and how much do i cut off? thank you

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Cindy July 21, 2010 at 8:08 am

I have a verbina and I do not know how to dead head it. What I have dead headed is not coming back with more flowers.

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Penny July 22, 2010 at 11:19 pm

I have recently planted (couple yrs) several gardens of daylilies with many different varieties. When they need dividng, and I tend to do it when I get a chance w no thought of the season (although spring and autumn are certainly cooler!). Someone just told me that any divisions and transfers (simply shifting from one spot to another) done during the heat of the summer (from mid June-late Aug in MN weather) would/could revert back to the original color here which grows “wild” – a rather plain, and very “weedy” orange. I have never noticed this, but last year I remember splitting several plants during July/Aug. This year I DID have orange flowers blooming among my Mary Todd’s (bright yellow) which I had divided and replanted several feet to the right. I also split and transfered several red rebloomers – ruby stella or pardon me’s (not sure which they are). One of THOSE plants is blooming 1/2 red and 1/2 orange flowers!!!! (The blossom is BOTH colors). My Qs is: Could I have perhaps not gotten the entire orange bulb clump (that I first removed) before replanting in the same spot the Mary Todd division? Or, is this one way, the “orange reverts back”, as I was told, by gradually taking over the entire plant. Also, could the other plant (1/2 red and 1/2 orange blooms), be another way the divisions “revert back”? Have you heard of this? “Never divide in heat because you will lose the hybrid color”?

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Penny July 23, 2010 at 12:06 am

Can daylilies divided during the heat of the summer (mid June – late Aug in MN) revert back to the original orange colored plants that grow “wild” here on the side of the road. I was told they could/would. Sometimes I need to divide then because of other circumstances. I have many colors and do NOT would to lose the variety.

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sharon fulton July 26, 2010 at 10:36 pm

I just planted some small mums behind my house. what do I need to do with them?? Besides water them, I mean??

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sharon fulton July 26, 2010 at 10:45 pm

c
can you tell me what to do with mums I just planted??
Do I have to do somwthing with them in the fall?

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Laurie July 30, 2010 at 7:14 pm

I’m growing white alyssum around my flower garden, they’ve been doing wonderful until recently, they are now turning a light brown color and look like they are dying. They are getting enough water and also miracle grow, what else can I do to get them back in shape?

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Marilyn Schueler August 1, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Dear Sir,
I have hydranga bushes that are turning brown. I noticed a rust color on leaves several weeks ago and went to garden shop. She suggested a liquid called 8. I used this on the bushes after watering and still looks terrible. What could be the problem? Sincerely, Marilyn

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Saundra August 12, 2010 at 8:43 pm

When growing impatiens in pots, and the plant becomes root-bound, is it OK to prune them back in the middle of the growing season? Would it be OK to move the root-bound plants from pots to the ground during the middle of summer?

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apresh dhari August 26, 2010 at 10:15 am

We have a Hibiscuis tree which is one year old. Last fall the there seemed to be a lot of buds, it had bloomed during the summer. Now it doesn’t seem to be greening up at all and the dead buds are still there. What should I do?

I have noticed lot of black ants (big one) laying on the plant.

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apresh dhari August 26, 2010 at 10:16 am

We have a Hibiscuis tree which is one year old. Last fall the there seemed to be a lot of buds, it had bloomed during the summer. Now it doesn’t seem to be greening up at all and the dead buds are still there. What should I do?

I have noticed lot of black ants (big one) laying eggs on the plant.

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Edith September 7, 2010 at 1:05 am

In September, my peony bush has a white powdery looking cover on all the leaves and stems. Is it something I should worry about?

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Melvin Gibson September 10, 2010 at 6:28 am

I have amarillys bulbs I planted three years ago, the first two years they did great (they are in outside planters). They multiplied very well. The third spring I noticed only half came up, the rest had turned to mush. What is the proper care and storage of these bulbs over the winter? I live in the southeast and it is hot and humid summer and usually mild winters, but this past winter was frigid. What should I do with the bulbs?

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Leslie September 26, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Now that its fall do I cut back the black eyed susans or what? I dont really want them to spread where they are. If I do cut back if I toss them in an area will they reseed there?

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rosaleen power October 9, 2010 at 10:37 am

I have some geranuims in pots.
How should i care for them over the winter?

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Bonnie Kinnaird October 9, 2010 at 9:37 pm

When do you trim back mums and how far back. I live in mid-missouri.

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Joseph October 19, 2010 at 3:19 am

I am interested in growing Tuberous Begonias . I take cuttings every year and although the cutting strike in the spagum moss medium .They die when transfered into the potting mix medium.What am I diong wrong

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Sara Brown November 28, 2010 at 1:28 am

I have a rose bush ( smaller breed of bush) and the plant called a mum. I was givin these in pots and was suppose to plant them before winter but i forgot and left them in the garage. My question is : can flower plants survive winter in a pot, in a basement or garage. If they can, how do I take care of them for water, light or temp?

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Dianna Eagle February 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm

When do u start 2 prune roses and alazeas

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mike mucha March 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm

I have located 2 long established peonies at a old abandoned farmhouse. I was going to transplant them last fall but the area was so overgrown with weeds by then i decide to wait until spring, before everything starts growing. Will the peonies be alright transplanting now? Is there anything I can do to ensure them rerooting? Thanks for your help.

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Pat April 8, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Last year I bought a beautiful petunia named Supertunia. It was gorgeous! I had it on my front potsch where it goy morning light. I had at least a hundred blooms until about Mid August. Should I have done some selective pruning to keep them blooming? The color was purple with a green border.

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robert April 23, 2011 at 11:48 am

I started some summer bulbs in pots and now they are growing too fast. (Some glads, freesias (sp) columbine (giants) etc. Can I cut them back or do anything to slow them down. PLEASE HELP. Thank You. Robert

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steve lowery May 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Need to know how deep to plant tulips and hycinthians(?)…they are in a pot right now and need to plant them???? Thanks

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LM Hoffman June 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Hello,

This is the first time I have visited your web site and so far, I Love It! My question is; What time of day or night is best to water my flowers and trees. I have a very small Japanees Maple tree and I have noticed the leaves look like they have been burned, and the only thing that has been around it is WATER. Am I watering at the wrong time of day? I Know this is very basic but I really do not know what is the best time of day to water my plants. Thank you for your help and information. LM Hoffman

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Chris June 2, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I’ve only recently been in a position to begin a flower garden on the property where we’ve constructed a home. I’ve transplanted things from the old site and filled out a lot of the extra area with seeds. Now that they’re ‘in’ and I’ve been carefully watering them, it occurs to me that I don’t know what the primary leaves look like. Where do I go to find pictures of primary leaves for sunflowers, zinnias, four o’clocks, hollyhocks, larkspurs, and red hot pokers?

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Kathy June 15, 2011 at 1:03 am

Why are my marigold flowers turning black on the leaves and shriveling up? What should I do?

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trisha radford June 17, 2011 at 10:12 pm

hi i have some beautiful pink poppies growing in my garden .ihave kept the seed pod that were lekt after they flowered . can i use these to grow more?

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Jan D June 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I noticed that I might have some aphids enjoying my newly planted day lilies —I saw an article somewhere in my search that mentioned an insecticide to be used – in the content they mention not to use a chemical – with certain ingredient – it started with a “K” now I can not find that page – can any one help me.

Thank you.

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lars June 24, 2011 at 4:55 pm
Rosanne July 2, 2011 at 5:00 am

Do you recomment letting dead blossoms just fall off or cutting them off? I’ve been cutting them off because they look ugly, but several people had told me I need to find out if I should be doing this. Thanks.

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cyn smith July 19, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Help – I have a beautiful hydrangea bush, about 8 years old. It is
at least 8 ft in diameter and blooms are often 8 inches or more.
I don’t know what I do wrong, but when I attempt to cut a bloom off
to put in an arrangement, it wilts??????It wilts within minutes of
putting into a vase. Can you tell me HOW to display these so
they last at least hours. I am not meaning a way to DRY them
rather, cut and put in water.

c s

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lars July 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm

@cyn

You might try one of these methods:
http://www.hydrangeashydrangeas.com/cut_dont_wilt.html

Good luck, and let us know how it turned out.

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Judy Tossett August 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I live in North Dakota and we have very cold winters with lots of snow. Should I cut back my hostas and peonies for the winter?

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Delbert May 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I recieved several Giant Allium bulbs from a friend who brought them from Holland. Is it too late to plant them in NE? Should they be stored until fall and than planted? How do I store them? If I plant them now. How deep should they be planted?

Del

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kathy June 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm

I bought some annuals called love lies bleeding and i am wondering if there is anything special i should be doing for them.This is the first time I have purchased them.

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