Email your gardening questions to Keith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Are there any flowering plants for the shade?
A: You can try hydrangea, camellia, impatiens, begonia, gingers, lycoris, fire spike and dogwood.
Q: I have a bed of salvias. It is mixed with red and blue varieties. The red ones always die out but the blue remain. What can I do to keep the red ones going longer?
A: The blue salvias are perennial while the red are annuals. This is something you have no control over.
Q: I want to start an area with wildflower seeds. Should I buy a mix or just start with some packets of seed and, if so, what kinds?
A: You can buy mixes that are formulated for the South. Many of the seeds in these mixes do not grow this far south. I would just buy a few packets of seed. Gaillardia, coreopsis, cosmos, purslane and stokesia are some seed to try.
Q: The single pot of yarrow I planted has grown into a large mat of plants. When can this be dug and divided?
A: Dig and reset the plants once blooming ceases in the fall or late winter.