The Q&A Archives: New to gardening

Question: Hello,

I don't want to take up too much of your time. I have just purchased a house. I have no experience with gardening. There are several rose bushes around the house, they seem to be going wild. When is it safe to cut them back? Also any advice on what I can plant that will come back and servive the Texas summers? Thank you so much!

Answer: Terri,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up. But please ask questions as we are more than happy to help!

You can cut the roses back at any time if you like. The main pruning season is in late winter but if you need to start somewhere now go ahead and cut them back to bring them a bit more down to size and in control. There are many plants that can survive Texas summers. While you can plant in summer it is a difficult time requiring extra TLC. Fall is the best planting season so plan on doing most of your planting in Fall, Winter, and early Spring.

The following web sites list plants that do well in Texas:

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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