Why are my newly planted Japanese Barberry shrubs fading and the bronze leaves drying up? I live in north Texas. It was 90 for two days and humid. They are planted in a well drained bed in part shade and full sun. Could the plants have a disease? Or a bug eating the leaves? I have not seen any. Please tell me how to care for them. I love these plants.
It sounds as though the plants are drying up. This is a good article with general information on planting bushes: https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/landscape/planting-a-tree/
If you think this might be the problem, you can dig up the bushes to rework the roots, then try to replant them.
If none of this sounds applicable, it is possible that you were sold diseased plants, and you should dig them up and return them to the seller. You should get new plants, or a refund. In case of disease, don't put new plants in exactly the same spots.
You can also take samples of the dying leaves to an Extension Service for analysis. This link will help you locate one: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search/
Five barberry against a brown brick building. They get full morning and early afternoon sun-complete shade after that. They appear to be burning but I'm not sure. What can I do to determine if they are burning or if something else is happening?
The first thing is to consider how long the plants have had this problem. If they'v been in for several years, and the burn appearance has always been there, that's a good vote for burn. If the problem just started, it's more likely to be a disease. You can take some leaf samples to an Extension Service for analysis. This article will tell you more: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/what-is-extension-service.htm
Is it possible to keep a golden rocket barberry at 2-3 ft tall?
That should be no problem, as long as you can wield pruning shears. Here's an article on pruning: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/shgen/care-of-landscape-hedges.htm
The leaves are turning brown and falling off. What's wrong?
There are many possible causes for brown leaves, and your plant is depending on your abilities as a detective to figure out what's going on. First question, is this a new plant, or an established one? If it's new, brown leaves may well have something to do with the stress of transplanting, water (too much or too little,) or light (again, too much or too little.) Talk to the store where you got the plant for their advice.
If this is an older plant, think first if something in the environment has changed -- water or light or herbicide from somewhere. Then check the general management against this article: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/barberry/barberry-shrub-care-tips.htm
If everything looks all right here, examine the leaves and branches for disease or insects. Here are a couple of articles to help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/leaf-browning-in-center.htm
If you're still at a loss, you can take some leaf, branch, and soil samples to the county extension service. This link will help you locate one:
Grass growing up through barberry bush. Have pulled out by hand, but it has come back again and again. Any way to spray it?
Yes, there are several grass specific herbicides on the market that will kill the grass weeds but not bother the shrub. Look for herbicides marked specifically for killing grass.
Planted in clay soil and watered in well but they died. When I replace them, what can I do to prevent this?
Hmm... It is hard t say without knowing how they died. If you could describe the pattern of their decline when they died (yellowing leaves, lost leaves, just how they looked as they died), that would give us a better idea.
Without knowing, I would say that you should have your soil tested as there may be a problem in the soil. Also, you may want to amend the soil as clay soil can be difficult for plants to grow in. You may find these articles helpful:
I have seen this pink shrub, vertical pinkish leaves with points facing upward, survives year round in Florida. Not sure if this would live year round in SC. I don't think it has flowers. Cannot find it at local garden shops in SC, but do not know the name.
Could it be a barberry: