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Yes, the volunteer group at the Japanese
garden does that type of work. Mike Rushing in our group will do it for you professionally if you need him- john
Seems to me with all that foliage color you are going to need some nice green foliaged plant that blooms when the abelia is not in bloom. What about Dwarf Gardenia, Rosemary, Yewtopia(if partial shade) or Gumpo Azalea.
It should work but most folks recommend round-up or a good brush killer like brush-b-gone- john
Apparently it is not available in the market place unless it is old stock(which is fine to use). Most folks are replacing it with horticultural oil spray. It will take several applications to control scale if that is the problem.
The only control that I know of is to cut them off. I would recommend that you cut them off and discard in a trash can not the compost pile.
Most folks think spring or fall are both fine. Frankly, unless we are having a serious drought I am comfortable planting azaleas anytime as long as they can be watered.
You can get them locally but they are generally more abundant in the fall. Call around and I bet one of the local garden centers have some.
Absolutely when they finish blooming.
Good description of your needs but if you want to do it right, hire a good professional to do it. If it has a landscape or you have a “builder’s landscape, I will be glad to make some suggestions based on your questions. So if you could give me a bit more information and perhaps a picture or two I think I could help you more.
The only place I have ever seen them are in farmers bulletins but probably not this time of the year. Also posting on Craig’s list might turn up some but the best way is to get some from a fellow gardener in summer when they go to seed
Yes, spring is fine and I recommend after the last frost. That is generally around April 15.
I like for pots to have year round appeal. So to get something 3 to 4 feet tall, I would first start with an evergreen like rosemary and tuck seasonal plants around it that are tough. For spring perhaps crocus or dwarf daffodils, summer lantana if in sun, impatiens in shade, and for fall marigolds, and pansies for winter. Most of these plant have to be watered and fertilized occasionally but are easy care.
Probably, cut the old rose buds off and keep clean water in the vase by changing it when it gets cloudy. If after a few weeks you will start seeing small rises on the stems that are in water they will generally put out roots if not they will eventually die.