What type of bush is this and how can I make it grow?

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I have two of these bushes and they seem not to like me, just moved into a small fixer upper home and l think my new yard is not happy l am here, please help with these bushes and tell me what l can do to make them happy 😊

q does anyone know what type of bush this is

I trimmed the second bush but l am not sure what to do.

q does anyone know what type of bush this is
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  • Betsy Betsy on Sep 01, 2019

    Hi Lala: It looks like a Mock Orange to me. I have one and it has the most wonderful smell in the spring. It looks like yours needs to be thinned out at the bottom so that air and water can get through to the roots. Once you start, you will find a lot of dead branches. Cut them out. Don't prune after the end of June, like Lilacs, because once the flowers fade, the plant is starting to make new buds for next year. Mine is from my mom's yard from when I was a child:) I'm sure that your bushes will love you once you get them cleaned out and tidied up. It is a constant chore as leaves tend to get caught in there. Then, mold will grow and suffocate the bush. Be sure to wear gloves and goggles! But, once you get it cleaned out, WOW, what a difference that will make, and you will all be happy:)


    Here are a couple of sites that tell you how to care for them:


    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/mock-orange/mock-orange-pruning.htm


    https://www.thespruce.com/mock-orange-shrubs-2132723


    Here is a site with pictures of mock orange leaves

    https://www.google.com/search?q=mock+orange+leaves&tbm


    Good luck

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Sep 01, 2019

    Take picture and maybe a cutting to.your local nursery. They are great help and know your area best

  • Glenna Wilburn Glenna Wilburn on Sep 02, 2019

    Looks like a lilac clean out the dead maybe take a stem to a nursery they can tell you and how to care for it

  • Kathy Kathy on Sep 02, 2019

    Post a better picture. It isn't a lilac. Lilac's don't grow like that. Does it flower and what color is the flower? It may be a crape myrtle.