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Amy is not afraid to get her hands dirty. As a self-taught gardener, she takes on her fair share of landscaping projects, picking up a ton of knowledge as she goes. If you have a plant care or landscaping question you’ve been too afraid to ask, you’re in the right place!


It has been very hot and my Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea receives a lot of sun, resulting in brown leaves. Should I move it to the shade?

It has been very hot and my Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea receives a lot of sun, resulting in brown leaves. Should I move it to the shade?
You are right, it probably is too much sun and heat and that’s why the flowers are turning brown.

My newly planted hydrangea is wilting, even though I have fertilized and watered diligently. Is it getting too much water, too much sun, or is the soil not good enough?

My newly planted hydrangea is wilting, even though I have fertilized and watered diligently. Is it getting too much water, too much sun, or is the soil not good enough?
These are all good questions and I hope we get it figured out in time!

The leaves on my Moonlight Magic appear to have green spots on them, and they are dropping rapidly. What do you think this could be?

The leaves on my Moonlight Magic appear to have green spots on them, and they are dropping rapidly. What do you think this could be?
Did it recently get hot and dry where you live?

One Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea is thriving, while the other is droopy and shriveled. I have watered and fertilized both of them. What could the problem be?

One Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea is thriving, while the other is droopy and shriveled. I have watered and fertilized both of them. What could the problem be?
It’s always strange when one plant does well and another struggles. Especially, when the conditions seem to be the same.

What can I plant among my lilies to keep the feet cool?

Great question! I’m new to growing lilies and wondered the same thing.

Are dahlias perennials?

Actually, dahlias are tuberous perennials.

I'm losing a rhododendron. It's in partial shade with southwest exposure. Would a weigela do better in this spot?

I'm losing a rhododendron. It's in partial shade with southwest exposure. Would a weigela do better in this spot?
What a bummer!

Can I prune Purple Magic Crapemyrtle into a tree?

Can I prune Purple Magic Crapemyrtle into a tree?
Your success will depend on the winters and how much dieback they experience.

My Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea has bloomed white in color and has yet to turn pink. What can I do?

My Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea has bloomed white in color and has yet to turn pink. What can I do?
Give it a little bit of time for the magical transformation to take place.

Is it normal for red twig dogwoods to sprout a white leaf stem?

Is it normal for red twig dogwoods to sprout a white leaf stem?
It happens from time to time, shrubs will send up a stem with white leaves.

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