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Care for penstemons in South Jordan, UT
June 21, 2009
I have Firecracker Penstemons and they bloomed beautifully this year. How do I trim them and when? Will they continue to bloom throughout the summer?
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Winter-hardiness of hibiscus in Idaho
June 14, 2009
I bought a hibiscus tree at Sam's Club in Idaho Falls and after planting it, I read the label which says not to go below 50 degrees. Does that mean it is an inside or potted tree to bring in in the ...
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Cutting back achillea in New York
March 18, 2009
Last summer I planted three gorgeous hearty achillea with flat, yellow tops, about 3 feet high or more each, in my sunny garden. But after they were done flowering, I left those very pretty brown stem...
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Removal of Carolina Jasmine in San Antonio
March 02, 2009
We are attempting to permanently remove large old-growth Carolina Yellow Jasmine, Gelsemium sempervirens bushes from our property. The bushes are cut down. Any suggestions for stump/root removal (mec...
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Timing for transplanting a yaupon in Louisiana
January 01, 2009
I found a female yaupon growing wild at the back of my property and would like to move it to the front. When should I do this?
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Winter care for plants in Austin
December 05, 2008
Hello, I'm just getting into the gardening thing, and have planted tons of plants this fall here in Austin. I'm a bit worried about them with winter right around the corner. My first question is r...
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Winter pruning for yucca in Michigan
November 10, 2008
I live in SE Michigan and have an outdoor yucca plant that has grown quite large. My father tells me that I can literally cut it down to the ground in the fall and that it will grow back the followin...
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Trimming native Yucca filamentosa for winter in Illinois
October 18, 2008
I live in northern IL and I have approximately 5 yucca plants, Adams needle, my question is do I need to trim them down for winter for best growth the next year?
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Will a Norfolk pine survive winter in Houston
May 29, 2008
If I transplant a Norfolk pine in the summer, or when is the best time, will it survive the winter growing in Houston Tx? Can you give me some suggestions for fast growing vines facing the front of my...
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Too late to begin planting in May in Austin?
April 30, 2008
Is it too late to begin planting in May? I live in Austin Texas and have finally completed my plans for a native Texas landscaping (plants and grass) of my front yard. I'd like to get the landscapi...
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