I have a lot of plant questions and y'all are always so helpful so I thought I would throw them out there. :) Any advice you have I would love to hear it!
I planted gladiolas this past spring and I am loving them. These are the first things I have ever planted from a bulb. :) The purple ones are my favorite. I know I am supposed to cut off the stem once they have finished blooming but do I also cut all the leaves back to the ground? In the picture above, the plant to the far right by the steps has already bloomed and been cut off. Do I just leave the leaves?
In the picture above, I have no idea what that is! My Grandmother sent a bunch of plants in a bucket and I just randomly planted them. Some have come up as crepe myrtles and some as irises but I'm not sure what this one is. I'm actually thinking it could be a weed that I have been babying and watering every night. ;)
This is my snowball bush. I recently read on line that they are drought resistant and that I shouldn't water it very often. By not watering very often it causes the roots to go further into the ground looking for moisture and makes the branches thicker and sturdier. Also, it said to cut it back about 2' off the ground after it blooms. Does that mean that I should cut it back now? I want the branches to get stronger because right now they cannot hold the blooms in the spring.
In the picture above are my lace cap hydrangeas. Is it normal for them to not bloom one year? They have bloomed the past two years but this year only the far left one has produced any blooms. The leaves are very healthy and they continue to grow.
My butterfly bush is taking over! It gets so huge each year even though I cut it back to about 2 feet in the winter. Is there a way to keep it smaller without loosing the blooms? It is covering up a nandina. :)
I love knockout rose bushes. This one started out as a small little plant last spring and has grown so much! Do you do anything with the dead blooms? I know they are supposedly "self-cleaning" but it sure looks ugly for about 3-4 weeks during it's "cleaning process."
This might be my favorite. Our dogwood tree. These are just SO pretty in the spring! However, I feel like mine is looking very heavy and full. Is this how they are supposed to look? Should I thin it out some? It is actually starting to block some sunlight in our dining room.
I know that is a lot of questions. I would love to hear your suggestions! Thanks in advance!
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