|My neighbor's groundcover ivy has some life, not much|
Please consider supporting your local independent garden centers this season, they greatly appreciate the business and you'll get way more reliable information from their staff, many have a full time garden expert on hand to assist you. Second, if you're in doubt about whether a plant, tree or shrub is alive, give it a couple more weeks to push new growth or take a finger nail and lightly scratch a stem, if it's alive you'll see green. You can also snap a stem in half - brittle, dry stems are most likely gonners. Obvious dead on evergreen branches require careful pruning (easy to cut off brown tips on yews, but careful on junipers), see fact sheets below for helpful information.
Again, no need to be hasty on shovel pruning your plants, it's still too early to plant most things. Start shopping and researching on line to get ideas and information on replacement plants. And if you're concerned about planting the exact same plant that was lost, 'Manhattan' Euonymus, for example, think about the fact that the '14 November freeze was a freak event and may not happen again. BUT, it's Colorado and gardeners need to expect the unexpected. Next time it could be a different plant or group of plants that are affected.
|'Nana' Burning Bush|
|Rose 'bud union' or graft should be planted 2-3 inches below ground|
|'Mini Man' Viburnum|
Flowering Herbaceous Plants
Planting Trees and Shrub Fact Sheets
Pruning Flowering Shrubs