Answer: Your memorial garden sounds absolutely lovely. I am sorry you had trouble with the ninebarks. Generally these are fairly easy to grow and tolerate a wide range of growing conditions. Without knowing symptoms, it is difficult to make a guess as to what might have happened. I would suggest you consult with the retailer where you purchased them to see if they are aware of any particular problems with this plant in your local area, and also to see if there was a warranty on the plants. Your local county extension might also have suggestions. Based on your description of the garden, however, you may find that as the remaining plants mature and fill out you do not need these -- depending on the specific cultivars you are growing, you may find the garden is already quite full!
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