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!


I'm a new gardener, where do I begin?

I'm a new gardener, where do I begin?
Don’t worry about being new to gardening! We are all learning as we go.

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.

What plants stay green all winter in a cold climate?

What plants stay green all winter in a cold climate?
A bit of green and hope that spring is coming helps me get through winter!

Can Weigela grow in my zone?

Can Weigela grow in my zone?
Weigela is a great plant, and thrives in zones 4-8.

Should I cut back old growth on my red flame hypericum in the spring?

Should I cut back old growth on my red flame hypericum in the spring?
Great question! I usually wait to see new growth in the spring before pruning.

My Plant hasn't started to bloom - did it survive the winter?

You should see leaves or leaf buds real soon. It can be hard waiting after winter to see what plants made it and what plants didn't.

Does the Limoncello Barberry retain its leaves year round?

Does the Limoncello Barberry retain its leaves year round?
Barberries are deciduous shrubs, meaning they will lose their leaves in the winter.

What birds and insects will be attracted to my Atomic Red?

What birds and insects will be attracted to my Atomic Red?
I’m so glad you have planted an Atomic Red Trumpet Vine!

Are there plants that will attract bees, but not wasps?

This is a great question. Bees are pollinators and are much more interested in plant pollen than in people. Wasps, on the other hand, are predators and can be aggressive.

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.

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.

Does First Editions have Evergreen Crape Myrtles?

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

Can hydrangeas survive in zone 10?

Can hydrangeas survive in zone 10?
Great question! If you are on the edge of zone 9, you can probably grow hydrangeas.

Why are my neighbors jonquils blooming before mine?

Just like tulips, different varieties of jonquils have different flowering times.

What grows well in Clay Soil?

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

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.

Is Sweet Tea Gardenia deer resistant?

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

How can I garden on a budget?

First, start with your soil. It’s always a good idea to add some compost when planting.

How do I get my hydrangeas to change colors?

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

What does "Full Sun" really mean?

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

Is it okay to have bare root plants shipped to me?

That's a tricky question, and it really depends on the time of year, but in the early spring, buying a bare root tree can be a good way to go.

Do you know of any roses with fragrance?

Do you know of any roses with fragrance?
Looking for both fragrant and beautiful flowers? Try Easy Elegance.

How and When do I prune my Hypericum?

How and When do I prune my Hypericum?
Here's a shout out to Bill in Washington who asked about pruning his Red Star Hypericum.

I want to add color to my yard, what do you recommend?

I want to add color to my yard, what do you recommend?
Thanks for your question, Alice! I think adding a pop of color to your landscape bed is a great idea.

Where do I even begin?

Where do I even begin?
Not sure where to start? Need some inspiration for your yard? I've got you covered!

Do you have recommendations for deer resistant plants?

Do you have recommendations for deer resistant plants?
The problem with recommending deer-resistant plants is that a deer will eat anything if it is hungry enough! (Oh, deer!)

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!

Why aren't my junipers producing any berries?

Why aren't my junipers producing any berries?
Hi! Thanks for your question. Junipers are tricky!

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.

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