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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!


I have a Cool Splash Honeysuckle and after the leaves had been exposed to frost I cut it back like a perennial. Was this a huge mistake?

I have a Cool Splash Honeysuckle and after the leaves had been exposed to frost I cut it back like a perennial. Was this a huge mistake?
Not a huge mistake!

Why would my Crimson Fire shrubs lose their leaves? The plants are not dried out, they're watered for 20 minutes once a day.

Why would my Crimson Fire shrubs lose their leaves? The plants are not dried out, they're watered for 20 minutes once a day.
I wonder if the daily watering is causing the roots to rot.

Should limoncello Barberry be pruned to the ground or just the top third next spring?

Should limoncello Barberry be pruned to the ground or just the top third next spring?
Actually, your Limoncello Barberry will need very little pruning in the spring.

I moved my gardenia tree indoors for the winter but the leaves are turning yellow and crispy brown. Can you help?

I moved my gardenia tree indoors for the winter but the leaves are turning yellow and crispy brown. Can you help?
Oh dear! It sounds like your gardenia needs another adjustment or two to get it back on track.
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When do I prune my hydrangeas? Now or spring? Do I cut it back to within a few inches of the ground?

When do I prune my hydrangeas? Now or spring? Do I cut it back to within a few inches of the ground?
When and how to prune hydrangeas the number one question I receive!

I have delta blues vitex. How far back do they need to be pruned for the winter?

I have delta blues vitex. How far back do they need to be pruned for the winter?
Good question!

I purchased the diamond rouge hydrangea this spring. How much should I be trimming the hydrangea now in November?

I purchased the diamond rouge hydrangea this spring. How much should I be trimming the hydrangea now in November?
Wait until next spring to prune.

I have several Crapemyrtle plants. All the plants froze and turned brown despite regular deep watering. Will they come back in the Spring?

I have several Crapemyrtle plants. All the plants froze and turned brown despite regular deep watering. Will they come back in the Spring?
Be patient.

Do young, dormant shrubs need to be watered in dry spells?

Do young, dormant shrubs need to be watered in dry spells?
Yes!

I have two midnight magic plants. We have already had two of the worst freezes in years. Should I put these in containers for the winter?

I have two midnight magic plants. We have already had two of the worst freezes in years. Should I put these in containers for the winter?
Good question!

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