Outdoor Flowers and Foliage

Climbing Rose- Encouraging Blooms

Q: Two years ago we planted Queen Elizabeth climbing roses against trellises at our back fence. I had envisioned the foliage disguising the board fence. What I got was bare branches to the top of the fence and then a...

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Piedmont Azalea – Characteristics

Q: We have a tree, growing in wooded areas but mostly found along the banks of a small stream which runs into Lake Oconee. It flowered about the same time as the dogwood and just in the last week has...

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Lichens – On Azalea

Q: I’m having a problem with my azaleas. They seem to have lichens on the trunk. I cut them back as much as possible, fertilized and sprayed with liquid Sevin but they don’t seem to be getting any better. I...

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Tulips – Perennial

Q: I heard you state on your radio show this past Saturday that tulips DEFINITELY only last one season in Georgia. That has not been my experience. My current batch, which are blooming beautifully now, are in their 5th year....

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Columbine – Leaf Miner

Q: In a matter of days after planting, most of my columbine leaves had serpentine patterns on them. Some look like they will yellow and drop off the plant. Is this a leaf miner? A: Anyone who grows columbine, Aquilegia...

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Bearded Iris – Propagation from Seed

Q: What are the pods on a bearded iris for? Do they have seeds? A: If you are both adventurous and patient, you’ll get lots of enjoyment from propagating iris from seed. The swollen seed pod below the faded flower...

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Bulbs – Leaves Emerge in Winter

Many are the anguished cries when gardeners notice that bulb foliage has emerged in early winter. “Get back down in the ground!” they implore. “It’s gonna get really cold soon.” The truth of the matter is that bulb foliage is...

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Love-in-a-mist – Care

Q: I have a mystery flower, grown from a wildflower seed mixture. I am not sure if the pods precede the flower, but I was hoping you could identify it. A: It’s the fascinating-looking love-in-a-mist, Nigella damascena. The dianthus-like flowers...

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Mexican Heather – Alternatives

Q: A couple of years ago I bought some Mexican heather and planted it in front of some shrubs. Although the tag said it was perennial, it died over the winter and never came back. I loved the shape and...

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Aztec Grass

My wife is installing a “white area” in front of our house so when she saw plants identical to variegated liriope in a garden center, she grabbed eight of them. I thought nothing about it until I read the plant...

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American Agave

I found your newspaper comment on American agave interesting. I took the attached pictures at a home in Lithonia. My husband and our full size extended cab truck are in the picture to show size. This plant has been in...

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Hydrangea – Damage Nearby Pipes

Q: I recently planted a hydrangea bush next to my house. When I was digging the hole I found a gas pipe and an irrigation pipe directly underneath. Do I need to worry about the roots damaging these lines as...

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Hairy Angelica

Q: Could you please tell me what this plant is? A: It looks like hairy angelica to me. See Hairy...

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Rose – Hips

Q: A friend was on a trip recently and saw these on the side of the road. We are at a loss as to what they are. A: Your friend saw the seedpods (hips) of a particular kind of rose:...

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Mistletoe – Identification and Control

Q: I have a big clump of mistletoe at the top of one of my trees. I’ve heard there is something you can spread at the bottom of the tree that will kill the mistletoe but not hurt the tree....

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Paperwhite Narcissus – Bloom Again?

Q: I received paperwhite narcissus bulbs for Christmas and they have finished blooming. My question is, if I plant them outdoors, when will they bloom again? A: They will not bloom this spring, certainly, because they have been artificially forced...

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Red Hot Poker – Identification

Q: My Mother calls the flower I’m sending you “Bread and Butter”. She could not remember the actual name so I researched it on the Internet and found that gladiolus are referred to as ‘Bread and Butter’. My sister took...

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Hydrangea – Damage Nearby Pipes

Q: I recently planted a hydrangea bush next to my house. When I was digging the hole I found a gas pipe and an irrigation pipe directly underneath. Do I need to worry about the roots damaging these lines as...

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