My amazing gardener mother dug up two buddleia & a baptista from her garden last year for me, a novice urban gardener. They were some of the first things I planted, so I did it without much thinking or foresight. They’ve come back this year and have done really well in terms of leaf growth. But they’re obviously planted in the wrong light conditions since, in the case of the baptista it is leaning at nearly a 45 degree angle and the buddleia are entirely horizontal!! Although this is an interesting effect in the latter, I fear they will not flower since they’re obviously yearning more light than they’re getting. So… I am wondering what to do with them. Aesthetically I cannot move them to greater sunlight in my yard. So my options are to either: –dig them up & give them to a friend –dig them up & put them in a planter in front of the brownstone where they’ll get enough sunlight.
In either case, can you recommend the best time to do this? I was thinking the fall in either case, but if I transplant them to a pot will they freeze over the winter? Thanks for your help!
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.