The Q&A Archives: Scaveola Die-back In Cool Weather

Question: For the last two years, my scaveola plants have thrived in a large planter during the summer with a beautiful display of flowers and leaves. As soon as the cooler weather set in, the plants seem to whither and brown and the flowers shrink in size. Last spring, I added new plants because the remaining plants were sparse. Is this par for the course or am I not doing right by them? Should I cut them back? Thanks for your help.

Answer: Scaveola performs best in full sunshine and warm weather. Since they are shrubby perennials you can cut back the older stems and foliage to keep the plants looking neat during the winter months. Dieback is pretty much par for the course with scaveola. You can expect new sprouts to appear when the weather warms in the spring.

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