Soft Touch Holly
Last year I dug up 5 very large yaupons that were in front of my front porch. They were about 5 ft tall and you could hardly see over them when sitting in the chairs. They were sheared so badly over the years I decided to replace them. I bought 5 soft touch holly in 3 gallon containers, looked very healthy when purchased and planted where the yaupons were, dug more than adequate size holes and admended soil, etc. Checked the drainage before I planted, etc. All of a sudden, one had a brown dying area, it seemed to spread quickly. Next thing you know, all were doing this, removing the dead areas just didn't help. By fall, they were all dead.
I'm fairly good and successful with gardening but this situation got me baffled. I want to try them again, I think it is the perfect choice for in front of my house. I am wondering if all of the rain we had last year was part of my problem. When we did have dry times, I was able to water them when needed. Thoughts on my situation?