About Amy's Answers

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!


Should I trim and shape the arching branches on my Candy Coralberry?

Should I trim and shape the arching branches on my Candy Coralberry?
Great question!

When is the best time to move my weigela in Zone 6?

When is the best time to move my weigela in Zone 6?
It all depends on the forecast and how gutsy of a gardener you are!

How often should I water my gardenia?

How often should I water my gardenia?
Great question about watering your gardenia.

When is the best time to move my hydrangea?

This time of year, you really need to pay attention to the forecast when transplanting.

Is it too late to plant my bare root perennials in Zone 9?

Is it too late to plant my bare root perennials in Zone 9?
Great question!

Why are the buds on my jasmine turning brown before they bloom?

Flower buds turning brown and dropping off can be a sign of too much water or not enough.

Should I plant my new rose bushes now or overwinter them indoors?

Should I plant my new rose bushes now or overwinter them indoors?
Depends!

How and when should my Little Devil Ninebarks be pruned?

How and when should my Little Devil Ninebarks be pruned?
Great questions!

Are my Wildfire Winterberry plants male, female, or a mix of both?

Are my Wildfire Winterberry plants male, female, or a mix of both?
Great question! You are right, there are male and female winterberry plants.

What is the mature height and drainage requirement for Cinnamon Girl?

What is the mature height and drainage requirement for Cinnamon Girl?
Great questions!

Why are there brown spots on my Delta Blues CHASTETREE?

Why are there brown spots on my Delta Blues CHASTETREE?
It depends!

What should I do to winterize my Campfire Rose for Zone 3?

Great question!

Do I need to cutback my Butterfly Bush before winter?

Do I need to cutback my Butterfly Bush before winter?
That's a really good question!

When should I move and prune my hydrangea?

Great questions!

Do I need to cover my Campfire Rose for winter in Zone 4?

Do I need to cover my Campfire Rose for winter in Zone 4?
Great question!

Can you give me some planting tips for Trumpet Vine in Zone 5?

I’m glad I’m not the only one who goes plant shopping in October!

When is a good time to plant in Wisconsin?

When is a good time to plant in Wisconsin?
Great question!

Does the BANANAPPEAL stay only 3-4' wide and tall?

Great question!

Are the Magic cultivars of CRAPEMYRTLES deciduous? Is there a non-deciduous variety of CRAPEMYRTLE?

Are the Magic cultivars of CRAPEMYRTLES deciduous? Is there a non-deciduous variety of CRAPEMYRTLE?
Great questions!

Are Distylium deer resistant?

Are Distylium deer resistant?
When deer are hungry enough, they will eat most anything.

Is the Matador Maple disease resistant?

Is the Matador Maple disease resistant?
Great question!

Why do some plant tags list different sizes for the Crimson Fire?

Why do some plant tags list different sizes for the Crimson Fire?
I’m so glad you brought this up!

When do I prune my Vanilla Strawberry tree and can I leave the old blooms on?

When do I prune my Vanilla Strawberry tree and can I leave the old blooms on?
Great questions!

Do you cut down Coralberry in the fall?

No! Back away from the pruners in the fall.

What can I do to revive my Tickled Pink Hydrangea?

What can I do to revive my Tickled Pink Hydrangea?
I have a few suggestions!

Do I need to trim my Summer Cascade Wisteria for the winter in Zone 4?

Great question!

Why has my creeping phlox never bloomed?

Why has my creeping phlox never bloomed?
That's interesting!

Do I need to trim and cover my Campfire Rose for winter in Zone 4?

Do I need to trim and cover my Campfire Rose for winter in Zone 4?
Great question!

Can I cut the blooms off of my Vanilla Strawberry tree for a wedding?

Hydrangea flowers are beautiful in wedding arrangements!

When should I prune my Crapemyrtle for Zone 6?

When should I prune my Crapemyrtle for Zone 6?
Great question!

Can I cut the brown blooms of my Vanilla Strawberry tree off now or wait until spring?

It's really your choice!

Can you give me some pruning and caring tips for Wisteria?

Can you give me some pruning and caring tips for Wisteria?
Great question!

What soil and fertilizer do I use for the Hawaii Hibiscus?

What soil and fertilizer do I use for the Hawaii Hibiscus?
Great question!

Is Ninebark deer resistant?

Is Ninebark deer resistant?
This is a tricky question!

Can you tell me why my Campfire Rose bush has yellow leaves?

Can you tell me why my Campfire Rose bush has yellow leaves?
Yellow leaves with newly planted shrubs are generally a sign of stress, but there's still hope!

Why are my newly planted hydrangeas turning brown?

Why are my newly planted hydrangeas turning brown?
Yikes! Are the flowers turning brown or the leaves?

Can you tell me why there are brown leaves and spider webs on my Amber Jubilee?

Can you tell me why there are brown leaves and spider webs on my Amber Jubilee?
It sounds like something is attacking your ninebark. Yikes!

What can I do about the leaves turning brown on my Tiger Eyes Sumac?

What can I do about the leaves turning brown on my Tiger Eyes Sumac?
It's one of those plants that can be loved to death!

We've had too much rain and now the leaves on my Tiger Eyes Sumac are wilting. What can I do?

We've had too much rain and now the leaves on my Tiger Eyes Sumac are wilting. What can I do?
Like most all sumacs, Tiger Eyes thrives on neglect.

The branches on my Vanilla Strawberry are so brittle and the blooms are too heavy. What can I do?

The branches on my Vanilla Strawberry are so brittle and the blooms are too heavy. What can I do?
It looks like you have a happy hydrangea!

How do I prepare Hawaii Hibiscus for winter?

How do I prepare Hawaii Hibiscus for winter?
What a wonderful gift!

Do you have planting tips for Purple Magic?

Do you have planting tips for Purple Magic?
Great question!

How do you prune Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea at the end of winter?

How do you prune Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea at the end of winter?
Great question!

Should I mulch around Cool Splash Diervilla, or will that prevent it from spreading?

Should I mulch around Cool Splash Diervilla, or will that prevent it from spreading?
Though it will spread in time, it isn’t an aggressive plant.

How do I prepare wisteria for winter?

How do I prepare wisteria for winter?
It's a great time to start planning!

I planted Strawberry Sundae this summer, and I'm afraid I may have killed it.

I planted Strawberry Sundae this summer, and I'm afraid I may have killed it.
Oh, dear! I hope we can help it out.

How do I prune my hydrangea? And can the trimmings be propogated?

How do I prune my hydrangea? And can the trimmings be propogated?
Some plants are easier to propagate than others!

Why are the leaves on my Rose of Sharon so light, but the veins so dark?

Great question!

My Strawberry Sundae looks great! But only blooms on one side..

My Strawberry Sundae looks great! But only blooms on one side..
This has happened from time to time in my garden as well.

I've been battling aphids for awhile now. What can I do?

So frustrating!

My ninebark is shaded by a large tree and is not doing well. Should I move it?

My ninebark is shaded by a large tree and is not doing well. Should I move it?
Great question!

I planted barberries in pots and now the gold leaves are falling off.

I planted barberries in pots and now the gold leaves are falling off.
Oops! It sounds like your barberries got too dry.

My Diamond Rouge stems don't seem very sturdy. How can I prepare it for winter?

My Diamond Rouge stems don't seem very sturdy. How can I prepare it for winter?
I've got a couple great videos for you!

Is there anything I can do to bulk up my Amber Wave Ninebark?

Is there anything I can do to bulk up my Amber Wave Ninebark?
Absolutely!

The rabbits have gotten to my Diamond Rouge, and now it's not flowering. What can I do?

The rabbits have gotten to my Diamond Rouge, and now it's not flowering. What can I do?
Rabbits are cute hopping along until they stop and settle in the garden for a meal.

Does Vanilla Strawberry need any special care to prepare for winter?

Does Vanilla Strawberry need any special care to prepare for winter?
I have just the video for you!

When is the best time to transplant Campfire Rose bushes?

When is the best time to transplant Campfire Rose bushes?
I'm so glad you've decided to add roses to your garden!

Why does my Limoncello Barberry have crispy leaves even if I water everyday?

Why does my Limoncello Barberry have crispy leaves even if I water everyday?
With new plants, it can be hard to find the right balance of just enough water and too much water.

I want to plant Snowdance Japanese Tree Lilac, but have a problem with elk.

I want to plant Snowdance Japanese Tree Lilac, but have a problem with elk.
Elk? That is crazy!

My distylium has dried, crunchy leaves even though they receive plenty of water and shade - help!

My distylium has dried, crunchy leaves even though they receive plenty of water and shade - help!
The weather has been a challenge for my garden too!

When and how do you prune Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea?

When and how do you prune Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea?
For the time being, back away from the pruners!

I just planted Vanilla Strawberry and watered diligently, but it's wilting. What can I do?

No doubt, your hydrangea is stressed!

The leaves on my Vanilla Strawberry tree are yellowing and dying. How can I help it?

The leaves on my Vanilla Strawberry tree are yellowing and dying. How can I help it?
I bet it's stressed out.

Is Purple Magic the darkest crapemyrtle? Should I fertilize it?

Isn't Purple Magic beautiful?

When should I prune Sapphire Surf Caryopteris? And how do I prepare it for winter?

When should I prune Sapphire Surf Caryopteris? And how do I prepare it for winter?
I'm so happy you've added it to your garden!

Should I do anything with Snow White over the winter?

Should I do anything with Snow White over the winter?
Great question!

What are the watering requirements for Strawberry Sundae?

What are the watering requirements for Strawberry Sundae?
It can be hard figuring out how much water is enough vs. too much. Especially, container plantings.

Can I prune Parkland Pillar Birch where leaves aren't growing on branches?

Can I prune Parkland Pillar Birch where leaves aren't growing on branches?
Early spring is the best time to prune trees. But, the problems are always apparent then.

My Amber Jubilee has yellow and wilting leaves- what can I do?

My Amber Jubilee has yellow and wilting leaves- what can I do?
I wonder if it is too much water.

Can I prune Amber Jubilee in the beginning of July?

Can I prune Amber Jubilee in the beginning of July?
I think it's alright.

How do I get rid of bugs on Midnight Magic?

How do I get rid of bugs on Midnight Magic?
I have a video for you!

Why are the leaves on my Hibiscus yellow and wilting?

Why are the leaves on my Hibiscus yellow and wilting?
It's one of those plants that likes water!

I transplanted my Diamond Rouge in a pot, but the leaves are red and falling off now. Help!

I transplanted my Diamond Rouge in a pot, but the leaves are red and falling off now. Help!
Oh no!

I just planted Tiger Eyes, and it looks like its dying even after fertilizing and watering- help!

I just planted Tiger Eyes, and it looks like its dying even after fertilizing and watering- help!
This is really interesting...

Just bought Vanilla Strawberry tree form in Anchorage, could you tell me more about this plant?

Just bought Vanilla Strawberry tree form in Anchorage, could you tell me more about this plant?
Oh, that's wonderful!

The leaves on my Amber Jubilee are starting to dry up. What can I do?

The leaves on my Amber Jubilee are starting to dry up. What can I do?
Great question! Here's a few things to consider.

Why are the leaves on my Parkland Pillar Birch yellow?

Why are the leaves on my Parkland Pillar Birch yellow?
Sometimes, when a plant isn’t doing well, it’s easier to break it down into parts to try to find the reason.

Is it safe to prune Strawberry Sundae now? It's taller than I'd like it to be.

Is it safe to prune Strawberry Sundae now? It's taller than I'd like it to be.
Mid June isn't the best time to prune.

My hydrangea doesn't flower anymore - help!

My hydrangea doesn't flower anymore - help!
I’m glad you wrote for ideas on why your hydrangea isn’t flowering!

What kind of fertilizer should I use for Amber Jubilee?

What kind of fertilizer should I use for Amber Jubilee?
I'm so glad you have added this shrub to your garden!

My Snow White is over 6' tall and very thin. Should I prune it?

My Snow White is over 6' tall and very thin. Should I prune it?
Yes, it sounds like your spirea needs to be rejuvenated!

Should I cut back Pumpkin Hypericum every year?

Should I cut back Pumpkin Hypericum every year?
You shouldn't have to.

How do I keep my grass green all summer, and when is the best time to plant bulbs?

I’m not the best at growing grass. You see, I much prefer growing flowers!

Why do my peony buds never open?

That’s happened in my garden.

What kind of fertilizer should I use for Polar Joy?

What kind of fertilizer should I use for Polar Joy?
Such a beautiful rose, I hope you enjoy it!

There are new sprouts at the base of my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea Tree. Should I prune them?

Great question!

Is hibiscus able to stay in the ground during the winter?

Is hibiscus able to stay in the ground during the winter?
I'm glad you asked!

Do I need to deadhead campfire rose?

Do I need to deadhead campfire rose?
I'm glad you asked.

My Tiger Eyes Sumac started to show new growth but has now died off. What should I do?

My Tiger Eyes Sumac started to show new growth but has now died off. What should I do?
Interesting!

My ninebark is showing very little growth this season, should I prune it?

My ninebark is showing very little growth this season, should I prune it?
Give it a little more time.

Can I plant Strawberry Sundae in full sun? What about in a container?

Can I plant Strawberry Sundae in full sun? What about in a container?
Yes, you can!

My Coral Magic Crapemyrtle is wilting and I don't know why.

My Coral Magic Crapemyrtle is wilting and I don't know why.
Hmmm. It’s probably too much water or not enough water.

What slow release fertilizer would you recommend for my amber jubilee ninebark?

What slow release fertilizer would you recommend for my amber jubilee ninebark?
It really doesn’t need much in the way of fertilizing.

When is the best time to prune Baton Rouge Dogwood?

When is the best time to prune Baton Rouge Dogwood?
Early spring is a great time to prune dogwood to cut out any winter damage.

Can gardenia bushes be trimmed this time of year?

Can gardenia bushes be trimmed this time of year?
Actually, it’s best to wait until after they flower in the summer since they put on new flower buds in the fall.

There's no leaves or signs of life on my Vintage Jade shrubs. Help!

There's no leaves or signs of life on my Vintage Jade shrubs. Help!
Oh dear! I wonder what could have gone wrong.

My camellia is really damaged from a severe winter. Can I cut it back?

Winter damage is no fun!

The leaves on my Strawberry Sundae are quite yellow. Should I fertilize?

The leaves on my Strawberry Sundae are quite yellow. Should I fertilize?
I’ve been watching my hydrangeas and am so excited to see leaves coming on!

What specifics do I need to follow when planting a gardenia?

What specifics do I need to follow when planting a gardenia?
Great question!

Should I trim back my orange tree at the same time I'm transplanting it?

I think it’s time to call in an expert!

Is it a good time to transplant my azalea into a pot?

Is it a good time to transplant my azalea into a pot?
Yes, this is a great time to move plants around!

Why isn't my Opening Day Viburnum flowering for the second year in a row?

Why isn't my Opening Day Viburnum flowering for the second year in a row?
Why a plant doesn’t flower is a great question!

How do I successfully plant an avocado and mango tree?

We have great information on our site!

My gardenia leaves are turning brown, should I trim back?

My gardenia leaves are turning brown, should I trim back?
That’s got to be frustrating!

Is there anything else I should be doing for Texas Mountain Laurel besides watering a few times a week?

Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora) is new to me, but it looks like a beautiful plant!

I'm moving my ninebark to a more sunny space, do I need to prune it?

I'm moving my ninebark to a more sunny space, do I need to prune it?
I’m glad you are going to move your ninebark to a sunny spot.

I thought I ordered young plants, but they turned out to be bare roots. Help!

I thought I ordered young plants, but they turned out to be bare roots. Help!
Expecting one thing and getting another is no fun!

The leaves on my gardenia are turning brown. Should I fertilize?

The leaves on my gardenia are turning brown. Should I fertilize?
Before fertilizing, let’s figure out what’s causing the problem.

Do you have any tips for pruning Strawberry Sundae Hydrangeas?

Do you have any tips for pruning Strawberry Sundae Hydrangeas?
You bet I do!

Are oakleaf hydrangeas supposed to be pruned? Are they deer resistant?

Great questions!

How do I prune Pumpkin Hypericum?

How do I prune Pumpkin Hypericum?
It's a great time to ask!

How do I care for my Moonlight Magic?

How do I care for my Moonlight Magic?
Moonlight Magic Crapemyrtle is an easy to care for plant in your area.

Are hydrangeas best grown in containers or in the lawn for zone 8?

Are hydrangeas best grown in containers or in the lawn for zone 8?
The nice thing about growing hydrangeas in containers is that you can move them about to find the right spot!

Will Diamond Rouge be okay in the afternoon sun in zone 7A?

Will Diamond Rouge be okay in the afternoon sun in zone 7A?
Although tough, it will be thirsty!

Any hope for my newly planted Crimson Fire after a cold winter in the south?

Any hope for my newly planted Crimson Fire after a cold winter in the south?
North Carolina has had an unusually hard winter this year!

When is the best time to prune gardenia bushes?

When is the best time to prune gardenia bushes?
The best time to prune is right after they flower.

Can hydrangeas grow in southern Florida?

Can hydrangeas grow in southern Florida?
Great question!

How do I deadhead hydrangeas?

How do I deadhead hydrangeas?
Hydrangeas are beautiful in the winter!

How should I prepare butterfly bushes for winter?

How should I prepare butterfly bushes for winter?
Aren't they beautiful bushes?

I won't be home in early spring- can I prune Amber Jubilee & Purpleleaf Sand Cherry now?

I won't be home in early spring- can I prune Amber Jubilee & Purpleleaf Sand Cherry now?
This time of year, it’s best to back away from the pruners!

How do I winterize my hyndrangeas?

Hydrangeas are one of my favorite plants!

How should I prepare my weigela for the winter?

Fortunately, weigelas are tough plants and don’t require much pampering!

Where should I place my potted Cool Splash during the winter?

Where should I place my potted Cool Splash during the winter?
You have a couple of options!

Does Little Devil need to be protected during the winter?

Does Little Devil need to be protected during the winter?
Snow is a great insulator.

My weigela is green and healthy, but it has never bloomed- what should I do?

My weigela is green and healthy, but it has never bloomed- what should I do?
It’s interesting that you haven’t had any flowers.

What are the best conditions for Ninebark? Is it deer resistant?

What are the best conditions for Ninebark? Is it deer resistant?
Ninebark is a tough plant and can handle hot days.

When do I prune Sapphire Surf Bluebeard, and how far down do I prune?

When do I prune Sapphire Surf Bluebeard, and how far down do I prune?
Caryopteris is a little bit tricky when trying to figure out how much to prune!

How do I prepare my new plants for winter? Do they need to be trimmed?

New plants, especially, need some TLC in the fall and winter!

How should I take care of Vanilla Strawberry in the winter?

What a beautiful plant!

Just planted Vanilla Strawberry- What kind of care does it need heading into winter?

Just planted Vanilla Strawberry- What kind of care does it need heading into winter?
I’m so glad you are adding a Vanilla Strawberry to your landscape!

How much pruning does Vanilla Strawberry need in the spring?

How much pruning does Vanilla Strawberry need in the spring?
How much pruning depends on how much space you have for it to grow.

When should I cut back my hibiscus?

When should I cut back my hibiscus?
I love the huge flowers of hibiscus!

My Strawberry Sundae never bloomed after I planted it. Now it has spots on the leaves. What should I do?

My Strawberry Sundae never bloomed after I planted it. Now it has spots on the leaves. What should I do?
I wonder if the flower buds got trimmed off and that’s why it never flowered.

Do you recommend fertilizing Vintage Jade for the fall?

Do you recommend fertilizing Vintage Jade for the fall?
You really don’t want to encourage new growth this time of year.

Should I prune my newly planted White Diamond?

Should I prune my newly planted White Diamond?
Hydrangeas are kind of tricky when it comes to pruning.

Should I cut back my Summer Cascade wisteria?

Should I cut back my Summer Cascade wisteria?
Knowing the type of wisteria helps with knowing when to prune and how often.

What could be the cause of one gardenia dropping yellow leaves, while the other is just fine?

What could be the cause of one gardenia dropping yellow leaves, while the other is just fine?
I hate it when this happens!

I planted Sky High Juniper too close to a light. Can I prune, or make into topiary?

I planted Sky High Juniper too close to a light. Can I prune, or make into topiary?
Ugh – I hate it when I plant things too close to something!

How should I get my roses ready for the winter?

How should I get my roses ready for the winter?
Preparing for the winter is key for survival.

Care instructions for mini roses only mention spring care. What should I do in the fall?

Enjoy the flowers while they last!

My Rainbow Sensation is brown and dry. Is this normal for fall?

My Rainbow Sensation is brown and dry. Is this normal for fall?
It could probably use a good drink of water.

My weigela is in a mostly sunny spot, but is not doing well. What could be wrong?

My weigela is in a mostly sunny spot, but is not doing well. What could be wrong?
Does it look like there is still potential to save it?

How do I prepare my Above and Beyond Rose for winter?

How do I prepare my Above and Beyond Rose for winter?
I suppose it is time to start prepping for the colder months!

Would hens and chicks be okay if left outside in the winter?

Are they in the ground or in a container?

My Blue Puffball Vitex hasn't grown or flowered since planting. What could be wrong?

My Blue Puffball Vitex hasn't grown or flowered since planting. What could be wrong?
Frustrating! I’ve had that happen with shrubs, too.

When is the best time to move Strawberry Sundae to a sunny spot?

When is the best time to move Strawberry Sundae to a sunny spot?
You can definitely transplant it this fall!

Is it normal for Amber Jubilee to lose their leaves this early in the fall?

Is it normal for Amber Jubilee to lose their leaves this early in the fall?
Usually, ninebarks hold their leaves well into fall.

Can you tell me about Amber Jubilee- when it flowers and when is best to prune?

Can you tell me about Amber Jubilee- when it flowers and when is best to prune?
Absolutely! Great questions.

There are straggly branches on my weigela. Where should I trim and when?

There are straggly branches on my weigela. Where should I trim and when?
If there are a couple of branches driving you crazy now, go ahead and trim them back.

When is the best time to deadhead Vanilla Strawberry? Is this a limelight or mophead?

When is the best time to deadhead Vanilla Strawberry? Is this a limelight or mophead?
Such a beautiful hydrangea!

My weigela plants are not spreading, and have little white spots on them. What can I do?

My weigela plants are not spreading, and have little white spots on them. What can I do?
With shrubs, it seems to take a year or two to get them established before they really put on growth.

What should I do to get my Campfire Roses ready for winter?

What should I do to get my Campfire Roses ready for winter?
That is a great question, and I'm glad you asked!

Can Strawberry Sundae survive in full sun for half of the day and full shade the other half?

Great question!

I've had my hydrangea for three years, but it never flowers. What am I doing wrong?

I've had my hydrangea for three years, but it never flowers. What am I doing wrong?
Have you tried giving it extra protection in the winter?

When is the best time to plant Little Devil Shrubs?

When is the best time to plant Little Devil Shrubs?
September is a great month to plant!

Is it safe to transplant potentilla in September?

Potentilla is a very tough plant and can take a lot of abuse.

My ninebark doesn't have much direct sunilght and the leaves are wilting with dark spots. What should I do?

My ninebark doesn't have much direct sunilght and the leaves are wilting with dark spots. What should I do?
It sounds like your ninebark needs to be moved to a different spot.

Would magnolia trees do well in zone 9A?

Would magnolia trees do well in zone 9A?
Although there are some magnolias that really like the heat, most all need water and good dirt.

Where is the best spot to cut gardenia flowers?

Where is the best spot to cut gardenia flowers?
Your question reminded me of a gardenia corsage from long ago!

My outside potted gardenia never blooms. Help!

I hope we can figure out what the problem is!

One of my Above and Beyond Roses is growing faster than the other, but neither are showing signs of budding. What do you suggest?

One of my Above and Beyond Roses is growing faster than the other, but neither are showing signs of budding. What do you suggest?
Sometimes, gardening is such a puzzle. Here’s a few things to look for when comparing the smaller one to the larger one.

The flowers on my Vanilla Strawberry are too heavy for the stems. What do you suggest?

The flowers on my Vanilla Strawberry are too heavy for the stems. What do you suggest?
I’m glad your hydrangea is happily flowering! Now, we need to get it grow sturdy stems.

Can I grow Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea in a container?

You definitely can!

I put fabric and mulch around Hawaii Hibiscus to keep out weeds. Should I remove them to fertilize?

I put fabric and mulch around Hawaii Hibiscus to keep out weeds. Should I remove them to fertilize?
Hawaii Hibiscus is so pretty and easy to care for!

Will Polar Joy survive the harsh Minnesota winters?

Will Polar Joy survive the harsh Minnesota winters?
We have found that Polar Joy is extremely cold hardy and will survive zone 4 winters without tipping and burying.

How should I prepare my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea for the harsh winter on a lake?

The thought of an icy cold winter wind blowing across the lake just gives me the shivers!

How do you prune and train bittersweet for the best results?

How do you prune and train bittersweet for the best results?
I'm glad to hear you are looking out for your bittersweet!

There are yellow leaves on my newly planted Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea. Any recommendations?

It is probably just pouting!

The flowers on my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea are weighing down the branches. Should I be concerned?

It sounds like you have a very happy hydrangea!

I planted several Atomic Red Trumpet Vines 2 ft apart and they're very tall. How should I prepare for winter?

I planted several Atomic Red Trumpet Vines 2 ft apart and they're very tall. How should I prepare for winter?
It sounds like they are planted too close together!

I can't plant my hydrangea outside yet. What do you suggest?

I would find a safe place outdoors, perhaps on a front porch or under a tree, to keep the hydrangea until you can plant it.

The California sun has killed our yard. What can we do?

The California sun has killed our yard. What can we do?
That sounds brutal!

Should I prune off the dead flowers on my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea?

Should I prune off the dead flowers on my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea?
It's frustrating when a new plant doesn't look the way we want it to.

How do I get rid of small black spots on my Limoncello Barberry?

How do I get rid of small black spots on my Limoncello Barberry?
There are a couple reasons why this could be happening, but good news, I have solutions!

My new Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea looks dried up. Can I plant this inside during the winter?

It sounds like it is stressed and needs some extra TLC.

Is the Psychedelic Sky Butterfly Bush a sterile plant or the invasive variety?

Is the Psychedelic Sky Butterfly Bush a sterile plant or the invasive variety?
Some areas of the country have a bigger problem with butterfly bushes reseeding than other areas.

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.

I fertilized and watered my hydrangea diligently, but it's wilting. What do you suggest?

I fertilized and watered my hydrangea diligently, but it's wilting. What do you suggest?
Good question and I hope we get it figured out in time!

My Moonlight Magic has green spots on the leaves and they are dropping rapidly. What can I do?

My Moonlight Magic has green spots on the leaves and they are dropping rapidly. What can I do?
Did it recently get hot and dry where you live?

One Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea is thriving, while the other is droopy and shriveled. What could the problem be?

One Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea is thriving, while the other is droopy and shriveled. 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.

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!

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.

Will Amber Jubilee become more dense and full if I prune the tops?

Will Amber Jubilee become more dense and full if I prune the tops?
You can definitely bulk up a plant by pruning it.

Can I prune ninebark in mid July?

Yes! July is a good time to prune a ninebark.

Should I fertilize my newly planted Delta Blues now or wait until spring?

Should I fertilize my newly planted Delta Blues now or wait until spring?
Once we get into hot, summer weather, it’s best not to fertilize.

The leaves on my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea are turning yellow. What should I do to fix this?

The leaves on my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea are turning yellow. What should I do to fix this?
The yellow leaves are telling you that it needs a drink of water!

How can I prepare my Moonlight Magic for winter?

How can I prepare my Moonlight Magic for winter?
There are some things you can do but much of it depends on the winter.

I planted a Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea for my summer home. What is the best way to get it through severe winters?

I planted a Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea for my summer home. What is the best way to get it through severe winters?
What a great flowering shrub for a summer house!

I am looking for a dwarf tree that would do well in harsh afternoon sun. Would Amber Jubilee Ninebark do well?

I am looking for a dwarf tree that would do well in harsh afternoon sun. Would Amber Jubilee Ninebark do well?
That is a great suggestion!

How do I get rid of bugs that are eating my hydrangea leaves?

Battling bugs can be such a pain!

I want to keep my First Edition Purple Magic Crapemyrtle as small as possible- how can I achieve this?

I want to keep my First Edition Purple Magic Crapemyrtle as small as possible- how can I achieve this?
Great question! The mature size of a crapemyrtle can depend on how cold or warm the winter temperatures are, and the early spring weather.

My Autumn Revolution Bittersweet looks more like a vine than a bush- where is the best place to plant it?

My Autumn Revolution Bittersweet looks more like a vine than a bush- where is the best place to plant it?
This plant is actually a vine that produces fruit. Although it looks good, it is not edible!

The Above and Beyond Rose is covered in blooms. Should I deadhead the earlier blooms or let it be?

The Above and Beyond Rose is covered in blooms. Should I deadhead the earlier blooms or let it be?
It won’t hurt to let it go and let the old flowers and petals just fall off.

I have an Autumn Revolution that is now in mostly shade. I want to move it to a sunny spot, will it be successful?

It will definitely be happier in the sun!

When deadheading roses, should the stem be cut at the old bud or the next leaf?

Good question! You could deadhead at either part, depending on your preference.

Little white spiders with webbing are on several of my plants killing the leaves. How do I get rid of them?

I wonder if they are wooly aphids.

Can I plant a perennial in an 8 inch deep pot? Should I bring it inside when winter comes?

You should be fine. Just be sure to keep an eye on it and water as needed.

My Snow White Fantasy bloomed a couple weeks ago but now the petals are falling off. Should I prune it?

My Snow White Fantasy bloomed a couple weeks ago but now the petals are falling off. Should I prune it?
Mockorange flowers in the spring and then again in the summer!

My Gardenia buds drop off before opening. Is this normal?

My Gardenia buds drop off before opening. Is this normal?
Gardenias are really intended for zones 7-9.

My Miss Kim Lilacs are over 8 feet tall. Can they be pruned down to 4 feet without killing them?

Miss Kim Lilacs are supposed to mature to 6-7’. You must be giving yours lots of love!

Do weigelas require a lot of water when in direct sunlight?

Anything newly planted will get wilty when the summer sun comes on and the temperatures rise.

Why does the hypericum stem decay?

Stem decay can happen when the soil is just too wet, waterlogged, or there is poor air circulation.

What is the reason the hypericum plants leaves become black?

The black leaves are probably caused by a fungus – too much water and poor air circulation.

Could too much rain be the cause of yellow and brown leaves on daylilies?

Definitely, it could be too much rain.

I have hydrangeas that bloom very little, while others don’t bloom at all. What can I do?

I have hydrangeas that bloom very little, while others don’t bloom at all. What can I do?
That can be frustrating. But good news, I have some helpful information!

CAN I CUT MY VANILLA STRAWBERRY DOWN FOR A FULLER LOOK WITHOUT PREVENTING FLOWERS?

CAN I CUT MY VANILLA STRAWBERRY DOWN FOR A FULLER LOOK WITHOUT PREVENTING FLOWERS?
Great question! Fortunately, Vanilla Strawberry flowers on new growth, so spring pruning is okay.

All the rain is turning my tomato leaves yellow. What can I do?

It sounds like Mother Nature isn’t cooperating!

MY NEWLY PLANTED BLOOMSTRUCK HAVE WILTED WITH THE RECENT HEAT. WILL THEY COME BACK?

I bet that spike in temperature caused the wilting as it took the plants by surprise!

MY GARDENIA LEAVES TURN YELLOW AND THE BUDS TURN BROWN BEFORE FALLING OFF. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?

MY GARDENIA LEAVES TURN YELLOW AND THE BUDS TURN BROWN BEFORE FALLING OFF. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?
Great question! It depends on which part of the plant you are watering.

How do I trim my azalea bushes?

How do I trim my azalea bushes?
One of the great things about azaleas, is they need very little pruning.

Do you have a home recipe for plant pest, vegetables and flowers?

Actually, I do! I really try to avoid using lots of chemicals.

Why do my shade perennials only come back one season?

It could be a few things - here’s a few ideas.

My plants keep turning dry and brown. How do I keep them alive?

When plants are at the garden center, they are watered frequently and get used to being pampered.

My azalea have a lot of dead branches on them, is it lack of rain last summer?

My azalea have a lot of dead branches on them, is it lack of rain last summer?
Lack of rain could be one of the causes. Plants really need regular watering through the season.

Can I grow hydrangeas indoors?

It can be done but will need just the right conditions!

What can I do to make my clematis Bloom?

Finally, I have one that the rabbits haven’t found and it is growing and flowering!

My Light-O-Day Hydrangea plants aren't blooming this year. What am I doing wrong?

My Light-O-Day Hydrangea plants aren't blooming this year. What am I doing wrong?
You know, I love the variegated foliage so much that I sometimes forget about the flowers!

Can you help me prune my healthy growing shrubs to keep them neat and small?

I try to keep pruning at a minimum by planting the right size shrub in the right size place.

Can branches be pinched back on water melon and cantaloupe plants?

That’s a great question. I’m still learning about growing fruits and vegetables.

My Boston Ferns are Dying. Help!

Uh oh! You may not be watering enough or too much.

How do I get my flower bed to drain?

It sounds like you need to amend the soil with organic matter!

How do you keep weeds out of the garden?

How do you feel about digging up weeds? That’s one way.

Do I need to protect my Sweet Cherry Pie tree from Deer?

Do I need to protect my Sweet Cherry Pie tree from Deer?
That would be a really good idea! Deer and rabbits seem to know which plants are favorites and those are the ones they go after.

Do First Editions Plants need a lot of sun and water?

Thanks for writing! Actually, there are dozens of First Editions’ plants – trees, shrubs, vines, roses, fruits, perennials.

My Arborvitae Emerald Green is turning white - Any help?

That doesn’t sound good! Is this a new plant or one that has been in the ground for a while?

Are there any Hydrangeas that can take full sun?

This is a great question! Sun and shade symbols can be confusing.

How do I maintain the large blooms on my Funky Fuchsia Buddleia?

How do I maintain the large blooms on my Funky Fuchsia Buddleia?
I’m glad you like Funky Fuchsia butterfly bush! Aren't the flowers incredible?

How do you trim a Weigela Shrub?

How do you trim a Weigela Shrub?
Weigela is such a pretty plant! And, fortunately, if you make a mistake pruning, it’s forgiving and will grow right back and fill in again.

Any tips on growing roses?

Any tips on growing roses?
Roses are such beautiful flowers and I’m glad you are trying it out!

Can you tell me more about the Standing Ovation Serviceberry?

Can you tell me more about the Standing Ovation Serviceberry?
You are off to a good start on your landscape with Standing Ovation Serviceberry!

How do I keep my roses healthy & insect free?

How do I keep my roses healthy & insect free?
Did you know insects are less likely to go after healthy plants?

My Crape Myrtles looks brown and weak this spring - What can I do?

My Crape Myrtles looks brown and weak this spring - What can I do?
Great question! With crape myrtles, you have to be patient.

Is it okay to move my tulips after they are done blooming?

Absolutely! When you move them, it’s important to still keep the green leaves on (you can cut back the stems).

Why isn't my Autumn Revolution producing orange berries?

I’m really stumped on this one! Bittersweet is usually such an easy plant to grow.

How do I get my Wisteria plant to bloom?

How do I get my Wisteria plant to bloom?
This is a great question! I hate it when a plant doesn’t flower like I think it should.

Why aren't my plants coming back this Spring?

It can be hard after winter waiting to see what will leaf out and what doesn’t, and with a new plant, it can be iffy.

How do I care for my plants in a hot climate?

How do I care for my plants in a hot climate?
Don’t be dismayed! We have some plants for you to try and suggestions on how to get them off to a great start and keep them alive.

How do I get more blooms on my Endless Summer Hydrangea (macrophylla)?

How do I get more blooms on my Endless Summer Hydrangea (macrophylla)?
It’s so frustrating when something goes wrong with a plant. I think it could be one of many things.

How much should I trim my Lagerstoemias?

How much should I trim my Lagerstoemias?
I usually wait to see new growth in the spring before pruning.

I'm moving - How do I transplant my plants to my new house?

This is a great question! It would be best to dig them up now while the weather is still mild.

Why are the berries drying up on my Pumpkin Hypericum?

Why are the berries drying up on my Pumpkin Hypericum?
Such a bummer to hear your berries dried up!

Why isn't my healthy plant flowering?

If your healthy plant isn't producing the blooms it's supposed to, there are a couple potential culprits.

How do I prune my thyrallis?

I love sunny, yellow flowers!

How do I shape my Vintage Jade?

How do I shape my Vintage Jade?
Thanks for your question, Judy! I’m envious that you live in an area where you can plant distylium!

I spotted yellow leaves on my plant, what does it mean?

There are a couple of things that may be the cause your plant's new look.

What do you suggest for a Rose Garden?

What do you suggest for a Rose Garden?
I’m so glad you asked this question! It is important to start with your hardiness zone to ensure a thriving rose garden.

How and when do I plant Pampas Grass?

Great question! Some ornamental grasses are a bit particular.

How do I prune Spirea?

How do I prune Spirea?
When you start seeing leaves and the forecast looks like spring has really arrived in your area, it’s time to prune.

How do I grow blueberries in containers?

Blueberries fresh from the garden sounds delicious!

How can I help my gardenia thrive?

How can I help my gardenia thrive?
A few things to think about if your plant isn't thriving.

When do I fertilize my Azaleas?

When do I fertilize my Azaleas?
Great question - It’s best to fertilize azaleas after they flower, before the first of June.

Is Sweet Tea Gardenia deer resistant?

Is Sweet Tea Gardenia deer resistant?
In general, gardenias are deer resistant.

How do I get my hydrangeas to change colors?

How do I get my hydrangeas to change colors?
Some hydrangea flowers will change colors.

How much should I prune Amber Jubilee?

Thanks, Lynn, for your question! Knowing how much to prune – if at all – depends on how much space you have.

What does "Full Sun" really mean?

Full sun usually means direct sun during the summer months for six hours or more a day.

Do I need to cover my plants in early spring?

Do I need to cover my plants in early spring?
The highs and lows of Spring weather can be hard on plants. Whether or not to cover the plant, depends on how far along the new leaves are.

Can I grow an Orange Tree in my Sunroom?

I was so excited to answer this question from Janet in West Virginia.

How much should I water my shrubs?

How much should I water my shrubs?
Young root systems can easily dry out while they are just getting established, so pay close attention!

How do I winterize my plants in the Fall?

I'm glad you asked because this is something many people forget to do. If you live in an area with freezing temperatures, certain varieties should be covered and protected from the cold winter.

What kind of fertilizer do I use for my hibiscus?

What kind of fertilizer do I use for my hibiscus?
This is a great question! Usually with flowering shrubs, they need phosphorus. Not hibiscus!

How do I prune my Hydrangea (Paniculata)?

Such a bummer to hear your hydrangea isn't blooming like you hoped. Lucky for you, we've created a video to give you the care advice you need to get those blooms back.

How do I use fertilizer in my garden?

What’s the old saying? Spring forward, fall back? The same applies here.

How do I know if my plant needs fertilizing?

Good question! There are so many reasons a plant can look like it’s lacking nutrients.

How to Split Perennials

Splitting perennials, like hostas, is super simple! It’s best done in the springtime right after the plant emerges from the ground.

How do I prune my rose bush?

How do I prune my rose bush?
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