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#116938 Aug 23rd, 2007 at 09:39 AM
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I know from the news you wouldn't know it, but where I live in Minnesota up until last week it's been TERRIBLY dry and TERRIBLY hot. My garden was not happy no matter how much I watered. As a result - I'm afraid I've lost a few established perrennials and I'm wondering if anyone know whether or not they'll come back. The two most concerning to me are astilbe and columbine. All of my astilbes dried up and tipped over one weekend. So did my purple columbine. Did they just go dormant, or are they dead? boohoo I also have an azalea that has dead leaves from two thirds of the way up, and a couple of dogwoods that have about 25% crispy leaves. Pathetic. It's so sad. Can anyone offer a ray of hope? prayers

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Your astilbes and columbines may have just gone dormant until cooler weather. I often have to cut mine back to the ground from lack of rain, but they usually either regrow in fall or the next spring. The azalea, however, may not regrow new leaves...they are extremely sensitive to drought because their roots are shallow. I think your Japanese Maple will recover as well. Columbines are very easy to start from seed, so if you have any seeds, you can start them now and by fall they'll be ready to plant. That way even if you lost some from the heat you can replace them. I have lost several of the perennials that I planted this spring because of the drought. So I've been trying to replace them with more drought tolerant plants, like agastache and sedum. There are quite a few different sedums with different heights, flower color and leaf color, and they don't require a lot of water. It can be hard to find shade plants that are drought tolerant, though.


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Most of my columbines were in pots (from moving a lot) and by the end of the summer they were always crispy-but they always come back!
I wouldn't give up on anything 'till next spring (you may be pleasently surprised).

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Correct ...
Columbines die down to crisps in the end of summer.
But hang in there come spring.The will return.

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i have the same problem, just different plants! boohoo i did cut alot of stuff back the other day, my question is the giant snowball bush that came with the house, it is probably 8x6 feet, half of it is dirt brown....is it too big to cut back, what do i do with it????


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I cut mine back yearly........
Blooms in the spring and lots of new growth..



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how far do i cut it back since it is sooooo huge???????


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I have mine cut back to about 5 foot tall.....I dont let it go higher.
Right now has 2 blooms.

I does grow back quick ......So I'd say cut about a foot all way around and top.. If you arent discouraged cut more.

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