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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!


Are Standing Ovation leaves yellow in the fall?

Are Standing Ovation leaves yellow in the fall?
Great question!

Will Diamond Rouge do well in afternoon heat in zone 3?

Will Diamond Rouge do well in afternoon heat in zone 3?
Great question! And, hard to answer.

My Vanilla Strawberry died in morning shade and full afternoon sun. Would Jetstream Hydrangea do better there?

My Vanilla Strawberry died in morning shade and full afternoon sun. Would Jetstream Hydrangea do better there?
Oh no, what a bummer!

Looking for a sun tolerant shrub for containers that can withstand Texas heat.

Looking for a sun tolerant shrub for containers that can withstand Texas heat.
I love container gardens!

I’m looking for an evergreen shrub to use as a foundation plant.

I’m looking for an evergreen shrub to use as a foundation plant.
Wonderful!

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!

How can I maintain Purple Magic Crapemyrtle so it does not get too large?

How can I maintain Purple Magic Crapemyrtle so it does not get too large?
Here, give this a try!

How can I prune Vintage Jade without it looking round?

How can I prune Vintage Jade without it looking round?
Great question!

I'm looking for a small evergreen for a very small yard.

I'm looking for a small evergreen for a very small yard.
Gardening in small spaces can be a challenge!

How large do Summer Cascade's roots get?

How large do Summer Cascade's roots get?
The roots and the trunk will get some size on them.

Where should I plant Shining Sensation?

Where should I plant Shining Sensation?
That's a good question!

I would like to make an island of plants at the entrance of my driveway - what should I plant?

I would like to make an island of plants at the entrance of my driveway - what should I plant?
This sounds like a really nice garden to welcome guests!

Looking for tree and shrub suggestions for a wet area in zone 3.

Looking for tree and shrub suggestions for a wet area in zone 3.
Hopefully, this area just has wet soil from time to time rather than standing water.

Is ninebark safe to grow near a drain field?

Is ninebark safe to grow near a drain field?
Hmm, interesting question!

I'm looking for foundation plants that can withstand wind, sun, drought and cold winters.

I'm looking for foundation plants that can withstand wind, sun, drought and cold winters.
Boy, that's a lot to handle!

I'm having trouble finding plants suitable near a salt water pool. Is Vintage Jade?

I'm having trouble finding plants suitable near a salt water pool. Is Vintage Jade?
Great question!

What plants can I add to my shade garden to fill space and add color?

What plants can I add to my shade garden to fill space and add color?
That sounds like a great plan!

I'm looking for shade trees that can withstand full sun to partial shade.

I'm looking for shade trees that can withstand full sun to partial shade.
You've got a few options for your zone!

How far apart should I plant Crimson Fire if I want them close, but not touching?

How far apart should I plant Crimson Fire if I want them close, but not touching?
Generally, I cram plants together because there are so many different plants I want to try, and not waste space!

How far apart should Snow White Mockorange be planted to create a hedge?

How far apart should Snow White Mockorange be planted to create a hedge?
It kind of depends on how patient you are in letting your living fence fill in!

I'm looking for a large tree. What do you recommend?

I'm looking for a large tree. What do you recommend?
It depends what you would like it for!

Where is the best place to plant Snow White Mockorange?

Where is the best place to plant Snow White Mockorange?
Be certain to find a place where you can enjoy the fragrance!

Can Technito Arborvitae be planted on the north side with morning sun?

Can Technito Arborvitae be planted on the north side with morning sun?
The north side of the house is a great spot!

Would spirea do well in a whiskey barrel?

Would spirea do well in a whiskey barrel?
Whiskey barrel gardens are fun!

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!

Looking for low maintenance, full sun flowering plants for zone 8.

Looking for low maintenance, full sun flowering plants for zone 8.
You have many options to choose from!

How long does it take for Firedance Dogwood to mature?

I love how dogwoods are pretty throughout all the seasons!

How far apart should spirea be planted?

How far apart should spirea be planted?
Such a wonderful shrub!

What trees do you recommend to add privacy to my yard?

What trees do you recommend to add privacy to my yard?
I really like a mix of evergreens and other trees for screening.

Where is the best place to plant Vanilla Strawberry? Does it need afternoon shade?

Where is the best place to plant Vanilla Strawberry? Does it need afternoon shade?
Great question!

I'm looking for dark green hedge plants to go with boxwood and azaleas.

I'm looking for dark green hedge plants to go with boxwood and azaleas.
It sounds like a lovely yard!

Do you have any fragrant plant recommendations for Washington?

Do you have any fragrant plant recommendations for Washington?
This is a great time to start planting!

Can I plant Technito Arborvitae next to a row of tall aspen trees?

Can I plant Technito Arborvitae next to a row of tall aspen trees?
Fortunately, Technito is an easy to grow plant that does well in sun or part shade.

Any suggestions for decorative plants around my mostly shaded front door?

Any suggestions for decorative plants around my mostly shaded front door?
I can think of a few great options!

What can I plant in an area that only gets about one hour of sun each day?

What can I plant in an area that only gets about one hour of sun each day?
That's a little bit tricky!

What are the best plants and shrubs to plant along a fence in the sun?

What are the best plants and shrubs to plant along a fence in the sun?
I love crapemyrtle!

Will spirea grow well in acidic soil next to a blue spruce?

Will spirea grow well in acidic soil next to a blue spruce?
The soil should be fine. A bigger concern is root competition.

Should I move my cryptomeria if I'm concerned it doesn't have room to grow?

Should I move my cryptomeria if I'm concerned it doesn't have room to grow?
This is a great time of year to move the tree; the sooner the better!

How much space should I leave between Cinnamon Girl Distylium?

It depends on how you are going to use them in your garden.

I'm looking for low growing plants that can handle full afternoon sun.

You have many options!

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.

What plants or shrubs would do well in shade in my area?

What plants or shrubs would do well in shade in my area?
In zone 9 and 10, you have many options!

Are there any plants that do well in the shade?

Are there any plants that do well in the shade?
It really depends on how much shade.

Can I plant Vanilla Strawberry in zone 9?

Can I plant Vanilla Strawberry in zone 9?
Are you an adventurous gardener?

How do you think BananAppeal Anise would look as a hedge?

How do you think BananAppeal Anise would look as a hedge?
I think it's a great idea!

Looking to replace older plants with white hibiscus shrubs. Which varieties would bloom best in my zone?

Looking to replace older plants with white hibiscus shrubs. Which varieties would bloom best in my zone?
Changing out a landscape can be hard work but a fresh approach is always worthwhile!

I'm looking for large flowering and fruit-bearing shrubs.

I'm looking for large flowering and fruit-bearing shrubs.
Definitely plant serviceberries!

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!

Are there any evergreens you recommend for Southern California?

Are there any evergreens you recommend for Southern California?
Junipers and cedars are good choices for your area.

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.

I have several Little Devil Ninebark, but don't know where to plant them? Do they lose their leaves in the winter?

I have several Little Devil Ninebark, but don't know where to plant them? Do they lose their leaves in the winter?
What a great addition to your landscape!

Looking for landscaping help in the front of my house. Must be deer resistant.

Looking for landscaping help in the front of my house. Must be deer resistant.
Deer really know how to ruin a nice garden, don’t they!

Can you help me create a low maintenance, deer resistant Asian yard, without fall clean-up required?

Can you help me create a low maintenance, deer resistant Asian yard, without fall clean-up required?
It seems with any garden there is maintenance, and cleaning up leaves in the fall is just one of the chores.

Looking for plant recommendations for shade.

Looking for plant recommendations for shade.
We have a few options for your zone 10 garden.

I want to create a low maintenance garden- what succulents would do well in zone 9?

There are quite a few low growing ones that will do well.

What plants would do well in shade?

What plants would do well in shade?
In your zone, you have some wonderful plants to choose from!

Looking to start an oriental garden. How do I get started?

Looking to start an oriental garden. How do I get started?
Gardening is always a work in progress whether starting from scratch or with an existing garden and trying new plants and making changes.

I have a sunny spot next to herbs- what would do well there?

I have a sunny spot next to herbs- what would do well there?
There are lots of options! Do I have to pick just one?

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?

What can I plant close to my house in a narrow bed?

What can I plant close to my house in a narrow bed?
Is this a sunny spot?

Looking for shrub recommendations that can withstand the Florida sun.

Looking for shrub recommendations that can withstand the Florida sun.
There are a couple of shrubs you should look at planting.

I want to use Vintage Jade Dystilium along foundation as a hedge. How should I space them?

I want to use Vintage Jade Dystilium along foundation as a hedge. How should I space them?
That will look very nice!

I'm overwhelmed! Looking for deer resistant plants & trees for partial shade.

I'm overwhelmed! Looking for deer resistant plants & trees for partial shade.
In your area, fall is a wonderful time to plant.

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!

Should I plant Cool Splash Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle in front of or behind a Peony?

Should I plant Cool Splash Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle in front of or behind a Peony?
Hmm. That’s a tough question.

Would Chapel View Cryptomeria do okay with some shade?

Would Chapel View Cryptomeria do okay with some shade?
Such a great plant to have in your yard!

Will weigela thrive in the shade?

Will weigela thrive in the shade?
I’ve tried weigela in shade and haven’t had much luck.

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

Great question!

Looking for a dwarf tree for my small yard. Would Centennial Blush Star Magnolia, crapemyrtle, or birch do well?

Looking for a dwarf tree for my small yard. Would Centennial Blush Star Magnolia, crapemyrtle, or birch do well?
You should definitely give them a try.

Does Midnight Magic Crapemyrtle have a deep root that would destroy foundation?

Does Midnight Magic Crapemyrtle have a deep root that would destroy foundation?
This shrub is smaller and compact.

Does First Editions Sell Dwarf Trees, and if so, what kind?

Does First Editions Sell Dwarf Trees, and if so, what kind?
Yes! We have several to choose from.

Any suggestions for trees to plant in a container in San Diego? I need help!

Any suggestions for trees to plant in a container in San Diego? I need help!
I'm glad you aren't giving up!

What is a hearty perennial for bordering a fence?

What is a hearty perennial for bordering a fence?
I have some ideas!

What plant would pair nicely with Phlox?

What plant would pair nicely with Phlox?
You have so many options!

I need shade in my yard! What tree could I plant that will grow quickly?

I need shade in my yard! What tree could I plant that will grow quickly?
Let's get you some shade quick, but will also create a great looking yard!

What shrubs would do best in full sun with wet soil?

What shrubs would do best in full sun with wet soil?
Great landscaping question!

Will a Bald Cypress survive southern Minnesota?

Will a Bald Cypress survive southern Minnesota?
Yes!

What trees would do well on a slope?

What trees would do well on a slope?
Great question! I can think of a few that would do well and look great.

What flowering shrubs would do well in full sun?

What flowering shrubs would do well in full sun?
Are you looking for large or medium sized flowering shrubs?

What would be the best tree to plant in zone 6?

What would be the best tree to plant in zone 6?
Thanks for the question. I can think of a few trees that have pretty fall colors.

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!

Any suggestions for perennials ideal for hanging baskets that can also stand the intense Florida heat?

This is a question best answered by a pro!

My front yard has poor dirt and receives sun all afternoon. Could you tell me what plants would do well here?

My front yard has poor dirt and receives sun all afternoon. Could you tell me what plants would do well here?
Great question. I can think of a few plants that would grow well and look great in that area!

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!

Could you recommend a mophead hydrangea that would do well in Central Florida?

Could you recommend a mophead hydrangea that would do well in Central Florida?
I’m so glad you are thinking about adding mophead hydrangeas to your garden!

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!

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!

What type of shrub and ground cover would you recommend for a full sun bed?

What type of shrub and ground cover would you recommend for a full sun bed?
There are a few options I can think of!

Will Above and Beyond do well in part shade?

Will Above and Beyond do well in part shade?
Definitely, it will be best in full sun. In the spot you have in mind, it probably won’t have as many flowers.

What's a good plant for a border?

I think a mix of plants makes the best border and a healthy border.

I AM LOOKING FOR A YELLOW-FLOWERED PERENNIAL, BUT DON’T KNOW THE NAME. HOW COULD I FIND OUT?

Great question! There are a few perennials that it could be.

Will the Campfire Rose spread beyond the border where I plant it?

Will the Campfire Rose spread beyond the border where I plant it?
You are in luck! Campfire Rose is a shrub rose and doesn’t spread.

Do fig trees need a lot of sun?

Figs have beautiful leaves, don't they?

What can I plant in slopy sandy soil, and shady area that prevents ground erosion and is deer resistant?

What can I plant in slopy sandy soil, and shady area that prevents ground erosion and is deer resistant?
This sounds like a tough site!

My house has no landscaping - help!

My house has no landscaping - help!
No landscaping means lots of opportunity! A five year plan is a great idea.

Can you suggest a tree that will be able to stand wind and is drought tolerant?

Can you suggest a tree that will be able to stand wind and is drought tolerant?
I have some great options for you!

Any suggestions for a small tree to plant?

Any suggestions for a small tree to plant?
I have a couple of thoughts on trees that range from 10-12 feet.

What flowering plants can I plant in full shade?

What flowering plants can I plant in full shade?
Shady lawns can be wonderful on hot, summer days. However, they can be a bit tricky when it comes to landscaping.

Would Amber Jubilee Ninebark shrubs work well in front of the trees in my backyard?

Would Amber Jubilee Ninebark shrubs work well in front of the trees in my backyard?
I think Amber Jubilee Ninebark looks great anywhere!

Looking for flowering perennials that won't grow more than 2'-3' feet tall. Any recommendations?

You have quite a few plants you can try in your space.

I just moved into a new home. What do you suggest for landscaping my front and side yard?

I just moved into a new home. What do you suggest for landscaping my front and side yard?
Knowing how much sun or shade your gardens will get will help with picking out plants.

Can Hydrangeas survive in Sandy soil?

I'm wondering - how are the hydrangeas doing?

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.

WHAT CAN I PLANT IN A ROCKY, SLOPING AREA TO HOLD THE GROUND & KEEP WEEDS AT BAY?

WHAT CAN I PLANT IN A ROCKY, SLOPING AREA TO HOLD THE GROUND & KEEP WEEDS AT BAY?
This sounds like a tough site!

I'm looking for a plant to create a privacy fence. What do you recommend?

Using shrubs as a privacy fence is such a fun idea!

What do you suggest for a low-maintenance patio border?

What do you suggest for a low-maintenance patio border?
First Editions has lots of options for you!

What tips do you have for replacing the listeria tree in front of my house?

Japanese Maples are so pretty and will be a great addition to your garden!

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!

My Royal Palms drop large branches. What do you suggest planting around them?

Falling royal palm branches sounds like quite a hazard in the garden!

What do you suggest for a pollinator tree for a Honeycrisp apple?

Fortunately, you have quite a few to choose from!

Can I plant Shining Sensation in a container?

Can I plant Shining Sensation in a container?
I love container gardening! It’s fun to try different plants in containers, especially ones that attract hummingbirds.

I HAVE A HILL COVERED IN JUNIPER AND WANT TO RE-LANDSCAPE WITH LOW MAINTENANCE SHRUBBERY. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?

Sounds like you have quite the project on your hands!

What can I plant for a replacement hedge?

What can I plant for a replacement hedge?
For your replacement hedge, are you wanting something evergreen or a mix of shrubs? And, how tall do you want it be when it is mature? Also, sun or shade?

How do I care and pair plants with my orange hibiscus?

I think I've got just what you're looking for...

Can I plant an Azalea in a container?

That’s a great question and a little bit tricky to answer! Azaleas would definitely be best in the ground year round.

Does First Editions have Evergreen Crape Myrtles?

Does First Editions have Evergreen Crape Myrtles?
Unfortunately, all crape myrtles drop their leaves in the winter.

How do I fix the drainage problem in my garden?

Drainage problems are something so many of us have to tackle. Luckily, there are several options.

What grows well in Clay Soil?

All plants would do better in clay if you add a bit of compost when planting.

How do I landscape the slope in my yard to prevent erosion?

This is such a great landscaping question, and one you can have some fun with!

What can I plant in my yard to add greenery to cut flower arrangements?

What can I plant in my yard to add greenery to cut flower arrangements?
Cinnamon Girl or Vintage Jade distylium would perfect!

I live in the south. What blooming shrubs can I plant in the shade?

First Editions has some great options for shady spots in your area.

Do any of the new varieties get along with Black Walnuts?

That’s both a tough question and a great question! I’m glad you asked.

Which plants pair well with Cinnamon Girl Distylium?

Which plants pair well with Cinnamon Girl Distylium?
You are so lucky to live in a part of the country where it is a warmer zone and Cinnamon Girl Distylium thrives.

What shrubs can I plant in the shady areas of my yard?

What shrubs can I plant in the shady areas of my yard?
This is a question I get a lot: knowing how to best landscape the shady areas of your yard.

Do you have tips for planting a Dogwood?

Do you have tips for planting a Dogwood?
Planting a Dogwood in your yard is a great idea!

Can I plant First Editions in a container?

Can I plant First Editions in a container?
Containers aren’t reserved for just annuals. Watch as Ryan, our gardening expert, shows how to make a big statement with your favorite shrub.  

Where is the best place to plant a hydrangea along a house?

Where is the best place to plant a hydrangea along a house?
I absolutely love hydrangeas! And, I really don’t think you can have too many.

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