Plant Easter gifts. If you're like my sister, who received Easter plants from her kids and grandkids, you may be wondering what to do now that blooms have faded. Whether flowering shrubs, bulbs, or lilies, figure out their basic growing requirements - sun or shade, moist or dry soil. What, no gardening books? You have a great many sources - the Internet, as well as Q&A services through the Greater Philadelphia Gardens member organizations: http://www.greaterphiladelphiagardens.org/gardens.asp - to help you pick the best spot to plant. Carefully loosen roots after removing the plant from its pot. You'll know you've dug a deep enough hole when the soil surface of the plant is even with the surrounding ground.
Trim lavender and roses carefully and slowly over the next few weeks. Timing is everything in a garden. Take lavender. Although your plant may have looked dead a month ago, it's likely showing signs of waking up, with leaf color turning from gray to blue-green. Check any bare, woody stems for new clusters of leaves. Roses, too, tend to look dead just before buds start to swell. Inspect the whole plant before starting to trim back the stems (called canes) to live buds. Always use a sharpened pair of pruners.