Ask a variety of friends, neighbors, and experts about what you already have on your new property before digging it all up.
September is an excellent time to walk around your garden and take stock.
At certain times of the year we just don’t have quite enough flowers. This is when "filler" is really important.
Japanese Beetles love roses, hollyhocks, crepe myrtle and hibiscus especially, and I dislike them with a passion for ruining my flowers.
In the lower mid west, crepe myrtles can be grown as small shrubs.