Hello Peter, I have a couple questions. it’s now the end of April 2014. 1. When can I plant new bushes? I lost 5-7 andromeda’s (think that’s the name) this past winter. 2. What time of year can I move my rose bush? 3. What 3-4 flowering bushes like full day sun from 11-dusk and which ones like morning sun and afternoon shade? 4. Last year my two year old azalea loved being in partial shade under a pine tree, this year there are only about six. Buds on it. Should it be moved or fertilized?, thank you for you help. Stacie Ryan
You can start planting shrubs and tree as soon as the ground has thawed and can be worked…the earlier the better.
Move them right away before any signs of growth appear. once it has leafed out, the shock of transplanting will likely killit. This is true for most shrubs, trees and perennials. Make sure to blend a good starter food like Espoma Bio-Tone into the soil at the bottom of the planting hole.
Lilacs, spirea, weigela, roses, althea…there are too many to list.
Azaleas, rhododendron, Andromeda…all the broadleaf, flowering evergreens.
4. Last year my two year old azalea loved being in partial shade under a pine tree, this year there are only about six. Buds on it. Should it be moved or fertilized?, thank you for you help.
Feed them (and all your landscape plants right away. This winter was rough on azaleas and broadleaf flowering evergreens. They for buds in the fall and those buds have to survive winter to flower in spring. The unrelenting dry, cold wind this winter dried the buds out and they have failed. You are not alone with this problem. Consider building burlap winbreaks next fall to protect you broadleaf evergreens.