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Shrubs for privacy in wet area in Ohio
July 13, 2011
I am looking for flowering shrubs for Ohio that reach 8-10 feet and can handle wet feet. I am trying to avoid building a wall for privacy and would like to use flowering shrubs instead.
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Acacia tree that will grow in Louisiana
July 13, 2011
Please tell me if there are any Acacia Trees that will grow in direct sun in Louisiana. I really want to plant some from seeds but don't which to get for zone 8. Thank you Mr Smarty Plants
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Pruning smooth azalea in NJ
July 12, 2011
I have a Smooth Azalea growing in my woods. It was verified by the Master Gardeners of Burlington County New Jersey. It's 12 feet tall and lanky. Can it be trimmed in hopes of thickening up? If s...
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Plants for steep bank in Pennsylvania
July 12, 2011
What do I do with a very steep bank with hard clay soil to stop erosion and to look nice. Is there a ground cover that would help?
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Native Plants for North Texas Container
July 12, 2011
What would you recommend for a large permanent plant for a large container (3' X 3') for Plano, Texas in the sun?
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Discouraging rattlesnakes in northern California
July 12, 2011
Searching for information re: managing your garden to discourage snakes, especially rattlesnakes. I live in northern California and we have many. I found one of your articles, but the link to an U. of...
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Tulip trees losing bark in OH
July 11, 2011
We have two tulip trees in our yard that are losing their bark at the base of the trunk. I am careful with the mower keeping away from the tree when I mow. What could the problem be and what can I d...
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Plants for vertical cliff in Pismo, CA
July 11, 2011
Need help with erosion control on an 80' steep to vertical, top-soil, south facing cliff, Pismo CA (central coast) area. Terracing not an option. Prefer native, colorful plants that will give the bes...
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Fragrant perennial plants for shade in Dallas
July 11, 2011
I am looking for shade-loving perennial plants to provide fragrance in my garden. What plants would you recommend for my North Texas (Dallas) garden that is fully shaded by huge pecan trees? My curren...
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Possumhaw losing leaves in Liberty Hill, TX.
July 11, 2011
I have two female possumhaw trees and one of them is losing its leaves. I planted both of them in February and they were doing very well, getting green and full. What's happening?
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Need help with my 25 yr old Mountain Ash in Clinton Township, MI.
July 11, 2011
For the first time our 25yr old mountain ash tree has dying branches, we removed one branch and it seems to have spread to other branches? What should we do?
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How to prune wild mustang grape vines.
July 11, 2011
Now that my mustang grapes are harvested. When can I trim them out of the tree top and redirect them to an arbor where I can reach them next year? The main vine is at least 3" across. The vines from...
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Why are small leaf pieces aligned on top of exposed root?
July 11, 2011
Hi. An oak tree in my yard has one of its exposed roots covered in hundreds of small pieces of leaves. The pieces follow exactly the shape of the root above the surface. What insect would do this and...
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Mystery Ground Cover in WI
July 11, 2011
I am trying to identify a ground cover plant that has started growing in my yard (I'm in central Wisconsin). It is very short, only about 1-2 inches tall and is very thick covering the ground. It h...
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Is it legal to pick wildflowers from the roadside in NY?
July 10, 2011
Hi, Is it legal to pick most wildflowers from the roadside in upstate NY? Thanks!
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Plant to stabilize river bank in Wisconsin
July 10, 2011
We live along the Chippewa River in Pepin County WI and are looking for a blooming plant to help "hold" our river bank and also look attractive..it must be strong enough to take the spring flood.
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Plant identification for Florida
July 10, 2011
I am looking for the name of a plant that has long stalks and wispy long leaves with large round purple flowers on the end.
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Replacement for non-native Italian Cypress in Austin
July 10, 2011
I would appreciate your assistance with some native plant options to replace Italian Cypress trees in the Arboretum area of Austin, TX. I have 12 of the trees on the north side of the house to obstru...
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Can Carolina wild petunia be planted over septic tank in Nokomis FL
July 10, 2011
Could you tell me the root depth of the Ruellia caroliniensis/ Carolina wild petunia? Trying to determine if I can plant it over septic tank.
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Leaves browning on non-native willow from in Cumbla PA
July 10, 2011
We recently planted a willow tree. A lot of the leaves turned yellow and some turned brown, but it is also getting some new buds. my question is, should I take the dead leaves off or leave them there...
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A&M maroon bluebonnets for Hawaii
July 10, 2011
My daughter graduated from Texas A&M and has moved to Hawaii. She would love to have the maroon bluebonnets developed by A&M to plant in her new home. How would she need to prepare the seeds since t...
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Need to replace a Silver Maple in Illinois.
July 10, 2011
My father recently had a tornado take out a 50 year old silver maple. He is looking to replace it, but he is looking for something with interesting summer color; as he put it not "green." I am try...
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Lavender near Austin TX
July 10, 2011
Are there places to view blooming lavender near Austin in July 2011?
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Non-native Tradescantia spathacea in Austin
July 10, 2011
Can a moses in the cradle (Tradescantia spathacea) plant be planted in a landscape setting with part sun of up to six hours in this texas heat?
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Non-native Moth Mullein as a garden plant from Starksville MS
July 09, 2011
I collected seeds from a beautiful Moth Mullein growing in a lot which will soon be bulldozed. Would I regret sowing them in the back of a sunny perennial bed this fall. These are from the white-pin...
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Identification of a low raspberry-like plant in New Brunswick
July 09, 2011
I am searching for a plant I found last year while walking in the woods in early summer. It was a low plant, much like a raspberry, but not on thorny growth and close to the ground. Seems to be on new...
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Plants for under live oak in Houston
July 09, 2011
Hi, We have a live oak in our back garden in Houston and would like to plant a combination of some native shrubs and flowers near it (preferably perennial). The garden bed is about 4 metres from the...
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Are palm tree seeds toxic?
July 08, 2011
Are palm tree seeds toxic to other plants? I have palm trees around my pool and it seems that nothing will grow very good where the old seeds are in the ground.
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Pruning a non-native Hinoki cypress from Denver NC
July 08, 2011
Hi! Our painters have asked that we trim the Golden Hinoki Cypress back from the house. The tree is about 20' tall, beautiful and healthy. Since it is July and therefore, HOT! I'm wondering how t...
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Evergreen trees for a Southern California yard
July 08, 2011
Hello I live in Irvine, CA and I am looking for a tree for our front yard. We recently planted oaks but they did not survive the clay soil. Our landscaper wants to replace them with oaks or with ...
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Difference between Erigeron strigosus and E. annuus
July 07, 2011
How can you tell the difference between Erigeron strigosus or Erigeron annuus. Does one have more flowers on it than the other? Thanks.
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Wide appearance of Texas Bluebells in Hillsboro TX
July 07, 2011
I thought Texas Bluebells were rare, endangered and liked wet places. So why, after at least a dozen years of not seeing any and during this horrible drought am I seeing them where I have never seen t...
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Controlling Straggler Daisy
July 07, 2011
Is there a barrier I can use that will keep Straggler Daisy under control so that I will not be a problem for my neighbors?
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Controlling Cochineal Insects on Cholla Cactus
July 07, 2011
We have cochineal insects on a cholla cactus. Will they kill the plant? What should we do to get rid of them if water spraying them won't work?
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Need some help with my Mexican Bush Sage in Rockport, TX.
July 07, 2011
My Mexican bush sage looks leggy,ratty and sparse. It's planted in full sun and was cut back to the ground in early spring. My soil is sand and I've watered it sparingly as we've had no rain. I'm...
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Propagating magnolias from Springtown TX
July 07, 2011
I am trying to find out how to plant Magnolia tree seeds and what has to be done with them prior to planting, if anything and what type of soil to use.
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Mealy bugs on plants in Washington, DC
July 07, 2011
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, There is this white stuff, looking like snow flakes, that is attacking my office plants. I use gasduster to blow it off of them, but that does not stop it from reappearing. Wh...
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Identification of a vine with purple flowers
July 06, 2011
I'm trying to identify a vine-like plant growing in my yard to determine if it is a weed or should be kept around. It has small purple flowers with a small yellow center, looking like a mini honeysuc...
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Identification of vine in Louisiana
July 06, 2011
I have two vines in my backyard. I've looked at pictures of each and they both keep coming up "virginia creeper." However, both are different. Neither causes an allergic reaction. One has leaflets ...
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Ground cover for Plano, Texas
July 06, 2011
Looking for perennial seeds, maximum height 6 inches. Basically, a ground cover. Flowering would be nice but not #1 on list. Medium to maximum sun. Don't have the best soil, but fertilizer, sprink...
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Fast-growing tree for horse arena in Southern California
July 06, 2011
I live in Trabuco Canyon, CA, and we just lost an old Sycamore in our horse arena. I would like to replace it with some thing that is fast growing, and will be able to withstand life around horses, o...
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Mystery tree in Ontario
July 06, 2011
I found a tree (similar to an apple tree in blossom) in a shaded area by a stream on our property. I have never seen anything like it. It is again, like an apple branch with the blossoms, however, t...
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My Mock Orange fails to flower in Redmond, WA.
July 06, 2011
I planted a Mock Orange shrub about 5 years ago. The first few years, it only produced leaves but no blossoms. Then, last year, it finally produced 4-5 blossoms on 2 of the branches. This year, it a...
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Caterpillars ate my Sophora in La Mesa, CA.
July 06, 2011
Before I noticed what was happening, my newly-planted 1 foot tall Sophora secundiflora was eaten by caterpillars. It now has no foliage. Do you think it will leaf out again?
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Non-native bougainvillea in Beaufort SC
July 06, 2011
Bougainvillea-Can I grow these in Beaufort SC?
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Short wildflowers to interplant with grass in PA
July 05, 2011
I live in NE PA and would like to grow short wildflowers throughout my yard mixed in with my grass. Is this possible? If so, what would be a good match for my zone? I will be mowing the grass once a w...
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Plant identification of shrub with thorns and purple flowers
July 05, 2011
I have a small tree or shrub, it has very small or thin thorns on the branches. It blooms in April / May. The flowers are purple. My mother-in-law said that it has been around for over 100 years, b...
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Plants to stop erosion on creek side
July 05, 2011
I need plants for a westside slope to a creek that will help with erosion, need fast growing and likes lots of sun. Thank you, Mr. Smarty Plants
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What fertilizer can make potted plants flower in Austin, TX?
July 05, 2011
I have a Lantana and esmarelda planted in large pots. They froze last winter but have both come back strong except they do not bloom even though I have fertilized. Is there something special I need ...
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Native wildflowers for shade in Boone NC
July 05, 2011
I have a totally shaded area with tall trees and want to plant some native shade wildflowers beneath the trees. It is fairly level. I'd like perennial flowers. I noticed Flaming Azalea was one opti...
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Mosquito-deterring plants for shady hillside
July 05, 2011
We have a part to full shaded hill side/ native woodland area that was once covered with english ivy..we managed to get rid of all the ivy but now we are overtaken with violets..maybe they are even na...
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Having a problem with my Mexican Plum in Houston, TX.
July 05, 2011
I am having problems with the Mexican Plum Tree in my backyard, sap is oozing from the branches and several large branches have died. I am inclined to think that it I have infestation of borers? How ...
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Petals not developing on blackeyed susans from Nashville TN
July 05, 2011
I have an established "patch" of black eyes susans. This year, the leaves are beautiful, the centers black..but the petals are practically non existent. They didn't seem to develop correctly. Any...
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Need suggestions for groundcover in between flagstones in patio in Sugarland, TX.
July 05, 2011
We are looking for a ground cover to plant in between our flagstone on our courtyard patio. The courtyard is full sun and we currently have a crushed rock-like substance in between the pieces. I thou...
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Yucca blades damaged by weedeater in Hellertown PA
July 05, 2011
Can I cut off the blades of a Yucca plant that have been eaten on the edges with a weed wacker and are very unsightly looking? Can they be cut back to the flower shaft?
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Red buckeye not blooming in NY
July 04, 2011
I planted my red buckeye in September 2007 and it was about 18 inches tall. It is now a few inches short of 5ft. tall. I have had it in the ground for nearly 4 yrs and it has never bloomed. I have fr...
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Native Bird Feeding in Belton, TX
July 04, 2011
We recently bought a bird feeder and a huge bucket of non-native bird seed (I'm not sure if the whole seed mix is non-native, but I believe most of the mix is). The birds go through the whole bird fe...
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Groundcover for Laredo Texas
July 04, 2011
I am in Laredo, TX and no longer want to waste water on grass. I would like to pull it all out and plant native, drought resistant ground cover - low growing, between 6-12 inches, sun and partial sha...
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Plants to grow under a black walnut tree in PA
July 03, 2011
I want to plant some shrubs and flowers in an area with southern exposure that is dry, sunny, and within the drip line of, and partially under a large black walnut tree. I had been told that native pl...
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Is India Hawthorne a deer-resistant plant?
July 03, 2011
Is India Hawthorne a deer resistant plant in Beaufort County South Carolina?
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Container plant to grow in late afternoon sun
July 02, 2011
I have a shaded brick walkway that leads to my front door. It faces west, and can get very hot late afternoon Houston sun, although it is shaded for the remainder of the day. I have been successful ...
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Source for Crushed Limestone Used at the Wildflower Center
July 01, 2011
Dear Mr. Smarty plants, Do you know where I can find the pulverized limestone that you have at the entrance around the front of the building? It's right around where you have Clematis texensi...
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Tx Mt. Laurel and Mex. Buckeye seed propagation in drought
July 01, 2011
I live in the Hill Country near New Braunfels. Since I am only at my house in July and August, I would like to plant both Texas Mountain Laurel and Mexican Buckeye from the seeds harvested from mothe...
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What fertlilizer for live oaks under drought conditions?
July 01, 2011
In your June 7 answer about helping live oaks survive the drought, you state that additional fertilization may help as well. What kind of fertilizer to you recommend and how should it be applied? Th...
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Plant identification for Montana
June 30, 2011
I am in forestry and work by Flathead Lake MT. I came across a wildflower and cannot I.D. it. Two come close..the Low Larkspur and Mountain Bog Gentian. It is blue/purple, 5 rounded petals, leaves are...
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Something eating Monarda didyma in Washington DC
June 30, 2011
Please Help, I have a couple of Bee Balm, Jacob Cline, plants, whose leave are being eaten, by what I do not know. None of the nurseries around here seem to have ever heard of this happening to this p...
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Care of wildflower meadow dried out in drought
June 30, 2011
Mr Smarty Plants, Our wildflower patch is completely dried up here in Lucas,Tx. What do you do with the field? Mow it? Trim it? Let it be? The patch is about 1/2 acre.. Thanks,
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Low groundcovers for MA
June 29, 2011
We are developing ground mounted solar installations in southeastern MA. We are seeking advice for native groundcover species for our various regions (coastal meadows, etc). Species like bearberry and...
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Plant Identification
June 29, 2011
I live in east Austin Texas, close to Manor. I was pulling a particular "weed" out of the cracks of my driveway on 06-12-11. This weed has always reminded me of moss rose, but the flowers are not as...
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Replacing shrubs with perennials in NY
June 29, 2011
We removed a lot of shrubs from our back yard that had been there for many years. We now want to plant perennials but there seems to be a lot of very deep roots in the soil. The roots look dead but I...
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Non-invasive sun ground cover for Atlanta GA
June 29, 2011
I would like to find a non-invasive ground cover for zone 7 (Atlanta, GA) in full sun. I had a bed of ivy with daylilies on a slight slope. I have pulled up the ivy but want something that is not as i...
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Potted Plumbago, struggling with the heat, in Spring Texas
June 29, 2011
Why do some of the leaves of my plumbagos that are grown in large, well-draining planters turn brown? The brown starts on the tips, then extends to the whole leaf. They get several hours of west aft...
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Smoketree not flowering in Beverly Hills CA
June 29, 2011
Why is my Smoke tree not flowering? It is big and the leaves are beautiful but no blooms.
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Hybrid Leyland Cypress leaning in Annapolis MC
June 29, 2011
We have a large, 9-year old Leyland Cypress that has tipped over. It is still green and growing but leaning slightly off center. It's about 20' tall. Should we stake it? If so, we'd like to do ...
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What is pulling Indian Grass out of a park in Washington DC?
June 29, 2011
We are renovating a park in Washington, DC on the waterfront. We have planted Sorghastrum Nutans (Indian Grass). During the evening/overnight something is pulling the plants from the ground. It is onl...
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Failure to bloom of Salvia greggii from San Antonio
June 29, 2011
We bought Salvia greggii at the Wildflower Center Plant Sale three years ago and planted them in a well drained area. We cut them back early in the year as recommended at Go Native U classes. ...
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Light requirements for Heartleaf Skullcap from Smithville TX
June 29, 2011
How much sun or shade does Heartleaf Skullcap need?
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Learning to identify native plants in backyard
June 28, 2011
Please let me know how a layman like myself can identify native plants in my backyard. I don't know the plant names and don't know if they are dicots or any other technical terms (that some websites...
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Need suggestions for cold resistant, hardy hedge plant in Jonathan, NC.
June 28, 2011
I'm looking for a Full sun, cold resistant, hardy, non-invasive plant to be used for a property line hedge for North Carolina. Preferably NOT slow growing. What can you suggest?
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Failure to bloom of Campsis radicans in Elkins WV
June 28, 2011
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, We live in a very cool climate of West Virginia, in the mountains, and it seems impossible for our Campsis radicans vines to flower! Perhaps the growing season is too short? W...
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Why do my Possumhaw Holly berries fall of in the summer in Euless, TX?
June 28, 2011
My possumhaw holly has LOTS of green berries in the spring but they fall off in summer, so that I have only a handful of red berries in the winter. What is going wrong?
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Will a gift yucca survive in Northwest Arkansas?
June 28, 2011
Had received a yucca tree as a gift and wondering if it will survive in the ground here in northwest Arkansas. It has a complete tropical look compared to my regular yucca plants. I believe it's actu...
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Failure to flourish of Trumpet Creeper in Leesburg VA
June 28, 2011
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants: Late last year I planted a trumpet creeper vine to grow on my fence and attract hummingbirds. It gets full sun, is in average soil and gets adequate water. I put a few daylilli...
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Will non-native St. Augustine crowd out non-native bermudagrass in Plano TX
June 28, 2011
I have Bermuda sod via builder, looked great for 3+ years. then had crack house neighbors max weeds for 2+ years. Killing them (the weeds) had a toll on the grass. Now a fifth of the LOSER neighbor...
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Post-bloom period care for Pink evening primrose
June 28, 2011
Hello, I live in Denton, TX. I introduced pink evening primrose as a ground cover to a xeriscaped section of my property a few years ago. I have pretty much left it alone and let it do its thing an...
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Large Leaved Trees in Sugarland, TX
June 27, 2011
Can you give me a list of trees which bear thick and broad leaves?
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Plant identification
June 27, 2011
I have a plant my Dad had found years ago. Last of April a stem with bulb shaped bottom. May 6-stem opened and folded back exposing spotted inside of leaf. Bottom had yellow pollen? and green stem 2+ ...
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Changing bloom color from Tulsa OK
June 27, 2011
How do you change the bloom color?
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What's attacking my Nellie Stevens Holly plants in Iredell, TX?
June 27, 2011
I just bought 10 Nellie R. Stevens holly bushes and planted them as a screen. The leaves on some of the plants are at least half white - not yellow but white. Apparently they were like that when I b...
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Is Phlox divaricata evergreen?
June 27, 2011
Is Phlox divaricata evergreen?
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ground covers for shady areas in New York City
June 27, 2011
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants: What would be the best ground covers for big shady areas in New York City instead of lawns?
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Is hummingbird vine poisonous to parrots?
June 26, 2011
Is hummingbird vine poisonous to parrots? I am setting up vines and plants around the aviary and would like to use this vine if it's not poisonous.
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Root rot in trees near Lake Wenatchee State Park, WA
June 26, 2011
Lake Wenatchee State Park, WA has been closed due to root rot for a year. I own a cabin 1 mile from the State Park. I cannot find a single piece of information about whether private property near th...
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Native grass lawn for San Antonio
June 25, 2011
Dear Mr Smartyplants, I live outside of San Antonio and my question is in regards to putting in a native grass lawn. What type of soil should I put down? I've sprayed herbicide and was planning on ...
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Plant identification
June 25, 2011
I see a previous question from Ohio on this plant, so I will copy the description and try to submit photos. "A year later a weed-like plant started growing beside it. It has very thorny leaves, stem...
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Magnolia Not Doing Well in Round Rock, Texas
June 25, 2011
I have a Magnolia grandiflora in my back yard, planted on May 20th of this year. Located on a western exposure with no shade and about 18' tall x 10' wide. I've been watering it every 3-4 days or ...
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Plants for a Vacant Lot in the Big Apple
June 24, 2011
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, We have recently gone in to restore a vacant plot in Harlem. This soil is varied, but mostly rubble, old slag, some sand in one area, old fill- pH 7-8.5. We dug a small tren...
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Flower friends for roses in Tyler Texas
June 24, 2011
I have planted some double red Knockout roses and am looking for plants to go with them to add blue, white, pink and yellow hues. I am interested in planting something that will act as a ground cover ...
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Roots of live oak in lawn from Round Rock TX
June 24, 2011
I live on a cul-de-sac and have a small triangle shape yard. There is a large live oak in the middle of the yard. I am concerned because large bark covered roots have emerged on two sides of the tre...
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Native Species List for Ponca OK
June 24, 2011
I planted daylilies in my Austin garden and did not do well. I moved these daylilies to my garden in Ponca City Oklahoma and have done outstanding relying only on mother nature's rain. My garden in ...
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