Butterfly Bushes - Advice, please
Hope everyone ie well! I've been hanging out in the background as usual, having fun reading and learning!
In the spring of 2007 I asked y'all for advice about two butterfly bushes that were leaning further and further away from a fence as they grew, dug them up, shored up the sloping area in front of the bushes and replanted them a bit further from the fence. The advice was right on, but my technique lacked something - namely, I waited too late...they were just breaking dormancy. Between something I did and a super cold snap, neither of them did anything last summer except send up a couple of spindly branches.
This spring, a few of the stems in the now-wide base of one bush are sending up shoots. Other appear to be completely dead. The other bush has only 2 or 3 green shoots and the multiple stems of old wood at the base appear dead.
Should I concede defeat, dig up these now 3-4 y/o plants and start over? I'm pretty patient, but I'd prefer not to go another summer without the flowers/fragrance!