Hello all, I am a first time home-owner and since I have always been a nature-lover, I have tried to dive right into planting perrenials. I have had problems with several different types of plants and was hoping that some of you could share your vast experiences with me! Here are the problems I am having, responses on any would be greatly appreciated!
1) I planted origami columbines in front of my home where they get a good amount of sunlight. I was told they were full-sun to part sun plants so I didn't think there would be any issues. The first set of blooms were fantastic(but they were already blooming at the nursery when I got them). Unfortunately, the leaves on the bottom of the plants are turning brown/black and the second round of blooms I am having are much smaller, more brittle, and far fewer. Any advice??
2) I planted coreopsis in my back yard, but I noticed that both of my plants have what I can only describe as "broken necks," the stems have given way and instead of standing tall they now are bent in half and looking kind of sad.
3) I planted two hydrangea bushes in locations with identical soil and sun. I planted them both when they were about 5 inches tall. One has flourished and is now 14-15 inches tall, while the other has continually had brown or black leaves, and looks like it's on its last legs. I have cut away all the brown in an effort to save it, but it doesn't look good. I water them nearly every day unless it rains...is there something obvious I am missing here?
4) The blanket flowers I planted are much the same story. One is looking pretty good, the other dropped its pedals almost immediately and looks very bare. I was thinking about dead-heading them but wanted to make sure this was wise first.
Thanks so much for your help!