Posts Tagged ‘butterfly bush’

Butterfly Bush – spider mite control

Q: I have a mature butterfly bush. This year it is looking really bad. The leaves are curling up, like they are not getting enough water, but all my other butterfly bushes are doing fine. Any ideas? A: My first...

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Butterfly Bush – Pruning

Q: Last fall I cut my butterfly bush back to eight inches and it grew six feet high this year. It was beautiful but it shaded all the other flowers I planted around it. Is there any way I can...

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Butterfly Bush – Remove Flowers

Q: My butterfly bushes have been blooming wonderfully! Is there anything I can do to make them keep putting out the large flowers? A: Butterfly bush produces blooms on new stems. This means that unless new growth is constantly being...

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Butterfly Bush – Problems

Q: I have a problem with a butterfly bush that has been very healthy every season until now. One side of it is wilted with all the leaves shriveling. However, all the leaves are still green – none have turned...

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Jasmine – Pruning

Q: I have recently moved into a new house with a large garden in mostly full sun. Several jasmine are planted around the house. They bloom white during the summer. I’ve been pruning away at them because they are vigorous...

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Butterflies – Plants to Attract

Q: I am twelve years old. My neighbor showed me four gorgeous monarch butterfly caterpillars on his fennel plant. I have decided to be the butterfly queen for my neighborhood. What should I plant to have butterflies ? A: Planting...

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Butterfly Bush – Pruning

Q: I went to prune my butterfly bushes this past weekend in late February but they have new green leaves. Should I prune them or not? A: Prune them. Butterfly bush makes blooms on the tips of new branches. If...

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Butterfly Bush – Pruning After Hard Freeze

Q: I’m sure I’ve heard you advise to prune a butterfly bush after a hard freeze. Did you say to cut it back to about twelve or eighteen inches? A: Many gardeners have found that a small butterfly bush quickly...

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Native Plants – Neighborhood Covenants

Q: This may seem like a ridiculous question, but the covenants for my subdivision require plant material “native to the southeastern U.S.”. What qualifies as “native”? The contract also refers to “natural” landscape material. Would you consider “pea gravel” a...

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