The Q&A Archives: Flower Garden

Question: What flowering plants, shrubs, flowers, etc are best suited for Georgia, planted in a location that gets full sun and no shade? When and how do I cut back roses? What is best to use on flowers for pest control? My location has an extremely bad problem with Japenese Beetles. It seems they are getting ammuned to the poisons. These beetles have destroyed my roses this year. There is nothing left but the stems. Will the roses return?

Answer: There are so many plants to choose from, it is impossible for me to answer your question in this forum! Here are a few good web sites to browse:

How you prune roses depends on the type of rose -- climbers, shrub roses, and tea roses need different care. Here is a good resource to help you find the best pruning procedure for your plants:

Healthy roses should rebound from insect attack, sprouting new foliage now that the worst of the Japanese beetle problem is past. Repeated defoliation throughout the growing season can kill new or stressed plants, however. I would give them time to show signs of new growth before giving up on them!

I prefer to use a natural insecticide such as neem oil, which is reputed to repel Japanese beetles. There are numerous products on the market, just be sure to read and follow label directions.

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