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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 purchased several Crème Brûlée Potentillas, but most of the buds and leaves are brown and crispy. Are they dead and require pruning?

I purchased several Crème Brûlée Potentillas, but most of the buds and leaves are brown and crispy. Are they dead and require pruning?
That’s a little bit concerning.

Are Bali Hibiscus Shrubs perennials?

Are Bali Hibiscus Shrubs perennials?
Good question!

I noticed that some of my sumacs are drying up. One looks like it's dead. Any suggestions?

I noticed that some of my sumacs are drying up. One looks like it's dead. Any suggestions?
Sumacs are one of those plants that thrive on neglect.

When pruning Hawaii Hibiscus, how far back do you cut them?

When pruning Hawaii Hibiscus, how far back do you cut them?
With shrubs, I try to find a place for them in the garden where they have room to grow.

I have a plant I call Rose of Sharon but I’m killing it. Help!

I have a plant I call Rose of Sharon but I’m killing it. Help!
Oh no!

How do you deadhead a butterfly bush?

How do you deadhead a butterfly bush?
Great question!

I have 2 vanilla strawberry hydrangeas and the leaves are turning brown. What do I do? How do I prepare them for winter?

I have 2 vanilla strawberry hydrangeas and the leaves are turning brown. What do I do? How do I prepare them for winter?
Are you adequately watering them?

Our condo needs juniper and other more delicate shrubs to be drastically cut back. When should this be done?

Our condo needs juniper and other more delicate shrubs to be drastically cut back. When should this be done?
Drastic pruning rarely turns out well.

Many of the flowers on my hydrangea have turned brown. Should I cut them off?

Many of the flowers on my hydrangea have turned brown. Should I cut them off?
With hydrangea shrubs, I usually leave some on to give winter interest to my garden.

I have 2 Strawberry Sundae Hydrangeas. Would adding Miracle Grow Garden Soil to my existing soil be good for the plants?

I have 2 Strawberry Sundae Hydrangeas. Would adding Miracle Grow Garden Soil to my existing soil be good for the plants?
Actually, I prefer adding compost when planting.

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