Answer: The Shasta Daisy and Dwarf gaillardia can be trimmed back to about six inches after the tops have been killed back by frost. The strawberry, azalea and broom need no trimming. All of these plants may be mulched with about three inches of organic mulch such as pine bark over the root zones, but do not place it up against the stems or over the tops of the plants. The azalea is a Glenn Dale hybrid and may suffer in a severe winter in your area, so you may wish to provide it with some wind protection using a burlap screen or other wind break. The euryops is not winter hardy in your area so it requires no winter care unless you want to try to overwinter it indoors in a very sunny yet cool location -- preferably a greenhouse or conservatory -- although some people have success with it in their home. If you try this, take care not to overwater it because its growth will slow due to the shorter days. Good luck with your plants.
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