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!


Are Bali Hibiscus Shrubs perennials?

Are Bali Hibiscus Shrubs perennials?
Good question!

My strawberry hydrangeas are not turning color. Do I need to treat them with a certain fertilizer?

My strawberry hydrangeas are not turning color. Do I need to treat them with a certain fertilizer?
Actually, fertilizer won’t help your flowers turn color.

Why won't my hydrangeas flower anymore?

Why won't my hydrangeas flower anymore?
It might be ok!

I forgot to water my White Diamond Hydrangea and the leaves all died. Can I revive it?

I forgot to water my White Diamond Hydrangea and the leaves all died. Can I revive it?
Oh, rats! I’ve done that before.

Will Diamond Rouge Hydrangea bloom well with 4 hours of afternoon sun?

Will Diamond Rouge Hydrangea bloom well with 4 hours of afternoon sun?
It’s worth a try!

I just bought a Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea, when should I plant it? There are no blooms on it, only green leaves. Why is that?

I just bought a Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea, when should I plant it? There are no blooms on it, only green leaves. Why is that?
I would plant your new hydrangea right away.

How do you plant and care for Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea?

How do you plant and care for Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea?
Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea is an easy-to-care-for shrub.

Is Straight Talk Privet rabbit resistant?

Is Straight Talk Privet rabbit resistant?
That’s a really good question.

I have a French Cabaret Blush Hibiscus and it looks like something is eating the leaves. What can I do?

I have a French Cabaret Blush Hibiscus and it looks like something is eating the leaves. What can I do?
It’s frustrating when insects go after a plant.

My Tickled Pink Hydrangea is drooping. Should I be watering more?

My Tickled Pink Hydrangea is drooping. Should I be watering more?
Good question!

Will Berry White Hydrangea grow well in part-sun/part-shade conditions?

Will Berry White Hydrangea grow well in part-sun/part-shade conditions?
Well, it depends.

I deadheaded my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas but I'm not seeing any new flowers or branching. Did I do the right thing?

I deadheaded my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas but I'm not seeing any new flowers or branching. Did I do the right thing?
By the time mid-to-late August rolls around, most hydrangeas are done growing additional flowers.

What is the difference between Vanilla Strawberry and Berry White Hydrangeas?

What is the difference between Vanilla Strawberry and Berry White Hydrangeas?
Vanilla Strawberry and Berry White Hydrangeas are similar.

I’m looking for something to provide height for privacy. Will Berry White Hydrangea be a good fit?

I’m looking for something to provide height for privacy. Will Berry White Hydrangea be a good fit?
Berry White matures about 6/7’ tall.

What is procedure for pruning Tahiti Hibiscus?

What is procedure for pruning Tahiti Hibiscus?
It depends!

I have three hydrangeas that I've had for years. The past two years I haven't had one bloom on any of them. What can I do?

I have three hydrangeas that I've had for years. The past two years I haven't had one bloom on any of them. What can I do?
I have just the video for you! It’s all about pruning hydrangeas.

I would love to grow hydrangeas but am concerned with how to treat them in winter.

I would love to grow hydrangeas but am concerned with how to treat them in winter.
Good news - hydrangeas are actually easy to overwinter!

I'm looking to grow berry bushes in my yard, can you help me?

I'm looking to grow berry bushes in my yard, can you help me?
Oh goodness! I'm not as good with edible plants as I am with ornamental trees and shrubs.
Tags: #zone7

My Vanilla Strawberry™ Hydrangea is loaded with beautiful blooms, but the weight of the flowers is causing all the stems to droop down.

My Vanilla Strawberry™ Hydrangea is loaded with beautiful blooms, but the weight of the flowers is causing all the stems to droop down.
I'm so glad it's flowering beautifully!

I have a Strawberry Sundae® Hydrangea. When the flowers turn a brownish color should each flower be cut off?

I have a Strawberry Sundae® Hydrangea. When the flowers turn a brownish color should each flower be cut off?
I’ve noticed in my garden that hydrangea flowers turn brown when I forget about watering and the weather turns hot.

Cool Splash® Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle says it's spectacular in shady areas, yet it says plant in full sun?

Cool Splash® Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle says it's spectacular in shady areas, yet it says plant in full sun?
That is confusing!

I received a Purple Magic Crapemyrtle shrub as a gift. I know it needs full sun, but will it work if I plant it in partial sun?

I received a Purple Magic Crapemyrtle shrub as a gift. I know it needs full sun, but will it work if I plant it in partial sun?
Full sun is best for crapemyrtles.

What kind of fertilizer do I use on Amber Jubilee™ Ninebark shrubs and how do I water them?

What kind of fertilizer do I use on Amber Jubilee™ Ninebark shrubs and how do I water them?
Good news! Amber Jubilee and other ninebarks really don’t need fertilizer.

When, what kind, how often and how much fertilizer should I use on my new Strawberry Sundae® Hydrangea?

When, what kind, how often and how much fertilizer should I use on my new Strawberry Sundae® Hydrangea?
That’s a great question!

I have a bubblegum pink phlox. When the flowers turn brown do I cut them off? Also, in the winter should I cut it down at all?

I have a bubblegum pink phlox. When the flowers turn brown do I cut them off? Also, in the winter should I cut it down at all?
Bubblegum Pink Phlox is one of my favorites!

I bought a Sunset Magic™ Crapemyrtle shrub, can i plant it now in August?

I bought a Sunset Magic™ Crapemyrtle shrub, can i plant it now in August?
Absolutely! And, the sooner the better.

Does Vanilla Strawberry™ Hydrangea require very cold winter temperatures to produce the popular pink-to-red colors it's supposed to have?

Does Vanilla Strawberry™ Hydrangea require very cold winter temperatures to produce the popular pink-to-red colors it's supposed to have?
You're right!

My Tiger Eyes® Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac shrubs are losing their leaves, any advice?

My Tiger Eyes® Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac shrubs are losing their leaves, any advice?
Sumacs such as Tiger Eyes react to being overwatered by dropping their leaves.

What size are the cherries on the Sweet Pie Cherry tree?

What size are the cherries on the Sweet Pie Cherry tree?
Good question!

I have a Tiger Eye Sumac, will this remain a low lying bush or do all varieties grow hardier woody trunks and branch out at the top?

I have a Tiger Eye Sumac, will this remain a low lying bush or do all varieties grow hardier woody trunks and branch out at the top?
Expect your Tiger Eye Sumac to mature 5-6’ x 5-6’.
Tags: #Shrubs

Can I overwinter a Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangea tree in a large pot outside or will they have to be brought inside?

Can I overwinter a Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangea tree in a large pot outside or will they have to be brought inside?
To be on the safe side, bring your Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea tree inside a garage to overwinter.

Is it important to prune your Above and Beyond Roses?

Is it important to prune your Above and Beyond Roses?
Absolutely!

Is jade dystilium deer resistant?

 Is jade dystilium deer resistant?
Great question. Most of us have experienced a pesky guest from time to time.

What is the best sun-loving hydrangea to plant on the east side of our shed?

What is the best sun-loving hydrangea to plant on the east side of our shed?
Great question!

Which colorful plants do well in full sun for Zone 9?

Which colorful plants do well in full sun for Zone 9?
You live in a great part of the country for colorful gardens!

Will my Double Mint survive in Zone 6?

Will my Double Mint survive in Zone 6?
Yes!

What's the best fertilizer for my lilac?

What's the best fertilizer for my lilac?
Great question!

When should my newly planted Vanilla Strawberry start blooming?

When should my newly planted Vanilla Strawberry start blooming?
Good question!

Help! The blooms on my Vanilla Strawberry turned brown.

Help! The blooms on my Vanilla Strawberry turned brown.
In past years, I found that when I forgot to water my hydrangeas, the flowers turned brown.

Do deer eat tiger eye sumac?

Do deer eat tiger eye sumac?
Rats! Or, should I say oh dear?

Can I keep my Purple Magic in the nursery pot until I'm ready to plant?

Yes!

What is the white film on my Little Devil?

What is the white film on my Little Devil?
The white film is probably mildew.

How do I care for my Above and Beyond Rose?

How do I care for my Above and Beyond Rose?
Great question!

Will Coral Creme Drop and Grape Lollipop Phlox spread?

Will Coral Creme Drop and Grape Lollipop Phlox spread?
Good question!

Why are the blooms on my crapemyrtle pink instead of purple?

Why are the blooms on my crapemyrtle pink instead of purple?
Interesting!

Is Above and Beyond an own-root rose?

Is Above and Beyond an own-root rose?
Great question!

Does my FUNKY FUCHSIA need full sun?

Does my FUNKY FUCHSIA need full sun?
Great question!

Does Daybreak Barberry have thorns?

Does Daybreak Barberry have thorns?
Good question!

When is the best time to prune my Amber Jubilee?

When is the best time to prune my Amber Jubilee?
That’s a great question! And, a timely one for my garden.

Help! The leaves on my Moonlight Magic are turning white.

Help! The leaves on my Moonlight Magic are turning white.
This is very interesting!

Help! My gardenia is loosing all its leaves

Oh no!

Should I see blooms on my Midnight Magic in July?

Should I see blooms on my Midnight Magic in July?
Good question!

How can I revive my Little Devil Ninebark?

How can I revive my Little Devil Ninebark?
Good question!

Is July too late to plant pampas grass?

Good question!

My Campfire Rose quit producing new blooms. Help!

My Campfire Rose quit producing new blooms. Help!
Not to worry!

Are Sweet Cherry Pie and Black Tartarian compatible for pollination?

Are Sweet Cherry Pie and Black Tartarian compatible for pollination?
Great question!

Will my crapemyrtle truly be 4-8' wide?

Will my crapemyrtle truly be 4-8' wide?
The mature size of a crapemyrtle all depends on the area where you live.

Can I plant Fireside in a partial sunny location?

Can I plant Fireside in a partial sunny location?
Good question!

I'm in Zone 6 and my crapemyrtles aren't doing well. Help!

I'm in Zone 6 and my crapemyrtles aren't doing well. Help!
In a zone 6 garden, crapemyrtles will die-back in the winter.

Can I plant a Matador Maple near a paver walkway?

Can I plant a Matador Maple near a paver walkway?
Good question!

How often do I fertilize my FIRESIDE and CREME BRULEE?

Good question!

Help! The petals on my Above and Beyond keep falling off.

Help! The petals on my Above and Beyond keep falling off.
Could be a couple of things!

Can I plant my DIAMOND ROUGE in a combination of potting mix and loose dirt?

Can I plant my DIAMOND ROUGE in a combination of potting mix and loose dirt?
Great question!

The flowers on my Spirea are turning brown. Help!

The flowers on my Spirea are turning brown. Help!
Not to worry!

What kind of fertilizer does a phlox need?

What kind of fertilizer does a phlox need?
Great question!

Can Loropetalum grow in Zone 10?

Can Loropetalum grow in Zone 10?
Good question!

Is SUMMER CASCADE WISTERIA toxic to dogs?

Is SUMMER CASCADE WISTERIA toxic to dogs?
Great question!

How do I properly care for my Double Mint Gardenia?

How do I properly care for my Double Mint Gardenia?
Gardenias can seem a little tricky to grow.

Can I plant a Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea in a sunny spot?

Can I plant a Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea in a sunny spot?
It depends!

The leaves on my STANDING OVATION are curling and turning brown. Help!

The leaves on my STANDING OVATION are curling and turning brown. Help!
It could be one of two things and both have to do with watering.

My MOONLIGHT MAGIC has very few blooms. Help!

My MOONLIGHT MAGIC has very few blooms. Help!
That sounds like too much nitrogen in a fertilizer mix.

Can I grow a Tiger Eyes in a large container on my patio?

Can I grow a Tiger Eyes in a large container on my patio?
Absolutely!

Help! My POLAR JOY doesn't have leaves and it's not blooming.

Help! My POLAR JOY doesn't have leaves and it's not blooming.
Oh dear, that isn’t a good sign.

What is NPK Fertilizer?

What is NPK Fertilizer?
Good question!

Can I plant my wisteria next to my pergola and wrap it around the post?

Can I plant my wisteria next to my pergola and wrap it around the post?
Great questions!

My newly planted LIMONCELLO BARBERRY has brown spots. Help!

My newly planted LIMONCELLO BARBERRY has brown spots. Help!
Oh no!

How do I cut the suckers from my Tiger Eyes?

How do I cut the suckers from my Tiger Eyes?
Good question!

How far apart should I plant my Sweet Cherry Pie cherry trees?

How far apart should I plant my Sweet Cherry Pie cherry trees?
Good question!

How do I plant my Cabernet Barberry?

How do I plant my Cabernet Barberry?
Great question!

When will my AMBER JUBILEE's bloom?

When will my AMBER JUBILEE's  bloom?
It’s hard to predict when plants will flower.

My hydrangea leaves are curling up and turning brown. Help!

A couple of things come to mind.

Help! Sweet Autumn Clematis and Star of Bethlehem have invaded my yard.

Oh dear! Invasive plants are no fun.

Is it possible that my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea Tree is a slow budder?

Good question!

Help! My LINEBACKER DISTLYLIUM has new growth, but part of it is turning brown.

Help! My LINEBACKER DISTLYLIUM has new growth, but part of it is turning brown.
I have a helpful tip for you!

If Kieffer is a European pear, can it cross-pollinate with a Tawara pear?

If Kieffer is a European pear, can it cross-pollinate with a Tawara pear?
Interesting question!

Is lotus moon deer resistant?

Is lotus moon deer resistant?
Unfortunately, I’m struggling to try to find an answer for you.

Can I plant my Campfire Rose in a mild shaded area?

Can I plant my Campfire Rose in a mild shaded area?
Great question about roses and sunlight!

How do I prune my Campfire Rose?

How do I prune my Campfire Rose?
Great question!

Are Geraniums deer resistant?

Good news!

How do I plant Pigeonberry?

Great question!

When does Ninebark flower and for how long?

When does Ninebark flower and for how long?
Good question!

How fast should Tiger Eyes grow in zone 4?

How fast should Tiger Eyes grow in zone 4?
Great question!

Do I trim off the dead ends on my Candy Coralberry branches this spring?

Great question!

I would like a privacy tree for my condo's 6 foot high deck. Help!

I would like a privacy tree for my condo's 6 foot high deck. Help!
Sometimes rules and regulations get in the way of a good plant!

Can I plant my hydrangea in a partially shaded bed covered with river stones?

Can I plant my hydrangea in a partially shaded bed covered with river stones?
Not a good idea!

Do I trim back the branches and fertilize my SAPPHIRE SURF this spring?

Do I trim back the branches and fertilize my SAPPHIRE SURF this spring?
It really depends on how it overwintered.

The leaves on my gardenias are turning yellow and brown. Help!

Good question!

How far apart should I plant Crapemyrtles?

How far apart should I plant Crapemyrtles?
That’s a tough one to answer.

How do I plant so Spring flowers come up first, then summer, then fall, in my flower bed?

Great question!

Can I leave Above and Beyond in a container during the winter in zone 3?

Can I leave Above and Beyond in a container during the winter in zone 3?
Well, I wouldn’t recommend it.

I just planted a GROOVY GRAPE BUTTERFLY BUSH. Will it bloom yet this year?

I just planted a GROOVY GRAPE BUTTERFLY BUSH. Will it bloom yet this year?
Good question!

The tips of my gardenia buds are turning yellow. Help!

The tips of my gardenia buds are turning yellow. Help!
Oh goodness! I hope we can figure out what is wrong with your gardenia.

My Above and Beyond doesn't have any buds. Help!

My Above and Beyond doesn't have any buds. Help!
Oh no!

When will my ATOMIC RED start to leaf out in Zone 4?

When will my ATOMIC RED start to leaf out in Zone 4?
Great question!

Do annuals or perennials return every year?

Do annuals or perennials return every year?
That can be confusing!

Can I plant Buttons gardenia in Zone 6?

Bad news!

Can I replace a plant that has black root rot with a DISTYLIUM?

Can I replace a plant that has black root rot with a DISTYLIUM?
Great question!

Can I plant my Standing Ovation in a partly shaded area?

Can I plant my Standing Ovation in a partly shaded area?
Good question!

What do I feed a newly planted hydrangea?

What do I feed a newly planted hydrangea?
It isn’t always best to pour on the fertilizer with newly planted shrubs.

How do I plant COPPERTONE DISTYLIUM?

How do I plant COPPERTONE DISTYLIUM?
Great question!

Should I deadhead the dying blooms on my rose bush?

Should I deadhead the dying blooms on my rose bush?
Good question!

What fertilizer should I use for my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea?

What fertilizer should I use for my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea?
Great question!

What does Balanced NPK mean regarding fertilizing my Bali Hibiscus?

What does Balanced NPK mean regarding fertilizing my Bali Hibiscus?
Great question!

What can I plant in a large shaded area that provides color?

What can I plant in a large shaded area that provides color?
How about some flowering shrubs?

What's a fast-growing tree that will provide privacy?

Great question!

How do I plant AMBER JUBILEE?

How do I plant AMBER JUBILEE?
Great question!

Why do my CRAPEMYRTLES die back in Zone 8?

Why do my CRAPEMYRTLES die back in Zone 8?
That's interesting!

Do I prune my PUMPKIN HYPERICUM in the spring?

Great question!

How do I plant my spirea?

How do I plant my spirea?
Great question!

Is Candy Coralberry deer resistant?

Good news!

Can I plant azaleas in Zone 9?

Can I plant azaleas in Zone 9?
Good question!

When do I prune my CANDY CORALBERRY?

When do I prune my CANDY CORALBERRY?
Great question!

I need "Balanced NPK" fertilizer. What do I look for?

I need "Balanced NPK" fertilizer. What do I look for?
Shopping for plant fertilizers can be confusing.

Can I plant flowering bushes or shrubs in an area that stays wet half the time?

Can I plant flowering bushes or shrubs in an area that stays wet half the time?
Good question!

What's the difference between the Berry White, Vanilla Strawberry and Strawberry Sundae Hydrangeas?

What's the difference between the Berry White, Vanilla Strawberry and Strawberry Sundae Hydrangeas?
Great question!

Can I grown my Straight Talk in a pot on my patio?

Can I grown my Straight Talk in a pot on my patio?
Great question!

What bushes are suitable for wet soil?

What bushes are suitable for wet soil?
Great question!

How and when do I prune my RAINBOW SENSATION?

How and when do I prune my RAINBOW SENSATION?
Depends!

What plant recommendations do you have for a partially shaded area?

What plant recommendations do you have for a partially shaded area?
Spring bulbs are a great way to start off the gardening season!

Is the Sweet Cherry Pie tree self-pollinating?

Is the Sweet Cherry Pie tree self-pollinating?
Yes!

How much sun or shade does the diamond rouge hydrangea need?

How much sun or shade does the diamond rouge hydrangea need?
The amount of sun and shade for a hydrangea can be tricky to answer.

Can I plant a Goldspur Chokecherry in Zone 7?

Can I plant a Goldspur Chokecherry in Zone 7?
Goldspur Chokecherry will do best in cooler climates.

Help! My Purple Magic Crapemyrtle looks dormant right now.

Help! My Purple Magic Crapemyrtle looks dormant right now.
Crapemyrtles require a little bit of patience in the spring.

Is Linebacker Distlylium deer resistant?

Is Linebacker Distlylium deer resistant?
Good news!

When should I prune my RED FAME HYPERICUM?

When should I prune my RED FAME HYPERICUM?
Great question!

Should I prune my Amsonia plants now?

Good question!

Do I need to prune my CREME BRULEE POTENTILLA this spring?

Do I need to prune my CREME BRULEE POTENTILLA this spring?
Depends!

Can I plant my Double Mint Gardenia in a large pot instead of the ground?

Can I plant my Double Mint Gardenia in a large pot instead of the ground?
Great question!

Can you take cuttings and start new plants?

Can you take cuttings and start new plants?
Yes! That’s one of the fun things about gardening.

What is the best soil to use to level my lawn?

This is a great question for your local garden center!

It's mid-March and my young Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas are still bare, is this normal?

It's mid-March and my young Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas are still bare, is this normal?
It’s still early in the season and too soon to worry.

My shipment of plants can't be planted yet. Will they survive?

Good question!

Which low-maintenance plants would look best next to brick?

Which low-maintenance plants would look best next to brick?
It all depends!

Do DISTYLIUM have an invasive root system?

It’s always wise to consider root systems!

My Opening Day Doublefile Viburnum is dying. Help!

My Opening Day Doublefile Viburnum is dying. Help!
Oh dear!

Which small plants provide color and interest all year-round?

Which small plants provide color and interest all year-round?
Great question!

What is the cold hardiness of Cinnamon Girl Distylium?

What is the cold hardiness of Cinnamon Girl Distylium?
Great question!

Can pruning cause weak stems and few blooms?

Pruning might be the problem.

Do dahlias come back every year in Zone 6?

There are just a few steps to growing dahlias year after year.

Do I need to trim my weigela back in the spring?

Do I need to trim my weigela back in the spring?
Probably not!

When is the best time to successfully transplant Vintage Jade Distylium?

When is the best time to successfully transplant Vintage Jade Distylium?
Great question!

Are my COPPERTONE DISTYLIUM and beautyberry plants supposed to lose their leaves?

Are my COPPERTONE DISTYLIUM and beautyberry plants supposed to lose their leaves?
Oh no! The Coppertone Distylium should definitely have leaves.

Does the Delta Blues Vitex lose its leaves in the winter in Zone 9?

Good question!

Can I use the SNOW WHITE MOCKORANGE for a September wedding bouquet?

Can I use the SNOW WHITE MOCKORANGE for a September wedding bouquet?
That’s a really good question!

Is my Moonlight Magic Crapemyrtle suppose to lose its leaves during the winter?

Is my Moonlight Magic Crapemyrtle suppose to lose its leaves during the winter?
Great question!

What plants will attract pollinators to my fruit trees?

What plants will attract pollinators to my fruit trees?
There are numerous plants you can add to your garden to attract pollinators!

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.

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!

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 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!

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!

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.

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

Hydrangea flowers are beautiful in wedding arrangements!

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!

Is Ninebark deer resistant?

Is Ninebark deer resistant?
This is a tricky question!

Are Standing Ovation leaves yellow in the fall?

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

Can I cut off the blooms in my White Diamond hydrangea to make a fall arrangement?

Can I cut off the blooms in my White Diamond hydrangea to make a fall arrangement?
Absolutely!

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?

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.

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.

My Vanilla Strawberry has gotten so large, I don't know how to prune it anymore!

I've got just the video for you!

When is the best time to cut and dry Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas?

When is the best time to cut and dry Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas?
Are you wanting to dry the flowers for arrangement?

Is Technito Arborvitae deer resistant?

Is Technito Arborvitae deer resistant?
Bad news!

Is it possible to train Vanilla Strawberry into a tree?

Is it possible to train Vanilla Strawberry into a tree?
Perhaps. How's that for an answer!

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.

Why doesn't my Autumn Revolution Bittersweet have any flowers?

Why doesn't my Autumn Revolution Bittersweet have any flowers?
Well, that's a bummer!

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.

I was weed eating my Bubblegum Pink Phlox and cut it down to the soil! Will it grow back?

I'm glad I'm not the only one who does things like that!

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!

Can I make a soap using the flowers from my tree?

That's a great question!

Can you tell me about Purple Magic?

Can you tell me about Purple Magic?
It's a beautiful crapemyrtle!

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.

It appears bugs are eating my Barberry. What can I do?

It appears bugs are eating my Barberry. What can I do?
Ugh! There are some bugs I don't mind, but it's frustrating when they ruin a pretty leaf or flowers.

Any ideas why my apple tree bloomed in the fall last year, instead of the spring?

Well, that's interesting!

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!

Why haven't my Vanilla Strawberry blooms turned pink yet?

Why haven't my Vanilla Strawberry blooms turned pink yet?
Good question!

My lilac tree is covered in lichen and only blooms every other year.

What a bummer!

Are the Magic Series suited for zone 6?

Are the Magic Series suited for zone 6?
Great question!

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!

Why is my Amber Jubilee Ninebark all green?

Why is my Amber Jubilee Ninebark all green?
Good question!

Are the berries on Autumn Revolution Bittersweet edible?

Are the berries on Autumn Revolution Bittersweet edible?
It depends.

Can Tiger Eyes Sumac survive in a container?

Can Tiger Eyes Sumac survive in a container?
Definitely!

Does Little Devil come up each year?

Does Little Devil come up each year?
Good news!

Where can I purchase hypericum?

Where can I purchase hypericum?
I've got a few options for you!

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

Isn't Purple Magic beautiful?

How do I keep the white mildew off my phlox?

How do I keep the white mildew off my phlox?
I'm glad you asked!

What causes lemon tree leaves to curl?

It depends on the color.

Is Fiji Hibiscus sterile?

Is Fiji Hibiscus sterile?
I'm glad you've added it to your garden. I love the tropical flowers of hibiscus!

The deer ate my hydrangea flowers! Will new stems grow back?

That's so sad!

There are no flowers on my phlox this year, what gives?

There are no flowers on my phlox this year, what gives?
That's funny! I was wondering the same thing when I walked through my garden this morning and looked at my garden phlox.

My Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea has bloomed white in color but hasn't turned pink. What can I do?

My Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea has bloomed white in color but hasn't turned pink. What can I do?
Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea’s flowers open up green-white.

Is Campfire Rose grown on it's own root?

Is Campfire Rose grown on it's own root?
Yes!

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...

Why hasn't my crapemyrtle bloomed yet?

Why hasn't my crapemyrtle bloomed yet?
Great question!

The leaves on my newly planted Opening Day Viburnum are brown - help!

The leaves on my newly planted Opening Day Viburnum are brown - help!
I think I know what the problem is.

Is coralberry deer resistant?

That's a tricky question!

Is crabapple fruit safe for deer and birds?

I am so glad you are concerned about your animal friends and their safety!

Does Autumn Jubilee produce berries?

Does Autumn Jubilee produce berries?
Great question!

Any fertilizer suggestions for my clematis that isn't flowering?

I have to admit, I'm new to clematis!

Will Amber Jubilee grow in zone 4 at 8,500 ft?

Will Amber Jubilee grow in zone 4 at 8,500 ft?
I think it's worth a shot!

Is Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea fragrant or allergenic?

Is Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea fragrant or allergenic?
Only at first!

How large does Technito Arborvitae grow to?

How large does Technito Arborvitae grow to?
Good question!

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!

Can I trim my Strawberry Sundae and make new bushes from the cuttings?

Can I trim my Strawberry Sundae and make new bushes from the cuttings?
Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea is a pretty plant and I’m glad you want more of them in your garden.

Is it possible to get rid of creeping Charlie organically?

I have a friend who had a garden full of invasive plants that he couldn’t get rid of - so frustrating!

Could you recommend a medium-sized shrub that is also deer resistant?

Could you recommend a medium-sized shrub that is also deer resistant?
Unfortunately, when a deer is hungry, it will eat whatever it wants.

How do I get rid of red little beetles on my plants?

Oh no! I’ve read about them – they are scarlet lily leaf beetles.

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!

How do I keep squirrels from damaging my roses?

How do I keep squirrels from damaging my roses?
Oh goodness! How about a dog?

How can I help my lilac tree produce more flowers?

How can I help my lilac tree produce more flowers?
A couple of things come to mind.

How much can I expect Sweet Cherry Pie tree to grow this first season?

How much can I expect Sweet Cherry Pie tree to grow this first season?
I'm so glad you added that to your yard!

Can I root a section of my Vintage Jade that broke off?

Can I root a section of my Vintage Jade that broke off?
Some plants are easier than others to get new starts.

Can I grow Sweet Star Gardenia in Long Island?

Can I grow Sweet Star Gardenia in Long Island?
You might check with your local garden center for their recommendation for Long Island.

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!

My peony stopped blooming a few years ago. Anything I can do to get the blooms back?

That happened with one of my peonies too.

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!

Is Campfire Rose on it's own root?

Is Campfire Rose on it's own root?
That’s a great question and especially important with roses in colder areas!

How do I get rid of cactus weed?

Is cactus weed a common name for Oxalis is your area? Other parts call it wood sorrel.

Do I need to deadhead campfire rose?

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

I'm confused by Technito Arborvitae - there are different sizes listed.

I'm confused by Technito Arborvitae - there are different sizes listed.
I understand your confusion!

There's a white coating on the leaves of my Moonlight Magic. Any ideas what it might be?

There's a white coating on the leaves of my Moonlight Magic. Any ideas what it might be?
That's a good question.

What size container should I use to plant my hibiscus trees?

What size container should I use to plant my hibiscus trees?
There are a few things to consider first.

Are Plum Magic Crapemyrtles deer resistant?

Are Plum Magic Crapemyrtles deer resistant?
That’s a tough one to answer. When deer are hungry enough, they will eat most anything!

Could a harsh winter in zone 5 be the reason my Sapphire Surf Bluebeard did not survive?

Could a harsh winter in zone 5 be the reason my Sapphire Surf Bluebeard did not survive?
Unfortunately, it probably was the winter weather...

Is Hawaii Hibiscus a shrub? And if so, are there other colors?

Is Hawaii Hibiscus a shrub? And if so, are there other colors?
Glad you asked!

When is the best time to divide up my Cotton Candy phlox?

When is the best time to divide up my Cotton Candy phlox?
What a great time to ask!

What is the yearly growth for Vintage Jade?

What is the yearly growth for Vintage Jade?
Good question and a great addition to your garden!

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.

How long does it take for Firedance Dogwood to mature?

I love how dogwoods are pretty throughout all the seasons!

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.

Is Sweet Cherry Pie self-polinating?

Is Sweet Cherry Pie self-polinating?
Great question!

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 are no signs of life on my newly planted Twilight Magic, help!

There are no signs of life on my newly planted Twilight Magic, help!
Don’t panic! Crapemyrtles are slow to leaf out in the spring.

I'm looking for Arctic Blue Willow in Minnesota, can you help?

It is a pretty shrub and would be a beautiful addition to your garden!

Why are the leaves on my Vintage Jade paler this year?

Why are the leaves on my Vintage Jade paler this year?
I always think a soil test is a good idea!

How do I get my creeping phlox to grow over brick?

How do I get my creeping phlox to grow over brick?
“First year they sleep, second year they creep, third year they leap” is one of those things you read about perennials and groundcovers.

Can I plant Amber Jubilee in a container?

Can I plant Amber Jubilee in a container?
I love shrubs in containers and Amber Jubilee is one of my favorites!

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.

Is Moonlight Magic deer resistant?

Is Moonlight Magic deer resistant?
Well, it depends on how hungry the deer are!

My midnight magic is barely showing any sign of life. Is it going to make it?

My midnight magic is barely showing any sign of life. Is it going to make it?
It sounds like your crapemyrtle is going to be fine!

When should I plant a weigela in zone 5?

When should I plant a weigela in zone 5?
The weather has been a little bit tricky this spring with back and forth between nice days and cold ones!

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

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

My Atomic Red isn't showing any signs of life. Are they late starters?

My Atomic Red isn't showing any signs of life. Are they late starters?
I don’t know about your area, but spring has had a hard time coming along in my neighborhood!

Is Shining Sensation deciduous? I'm finding mixed information.

Is Shining Sensation deciduous? I'm finding mixed information.
I can understand your confusion.

What is the rate of growth for Snowdance Japanese Tree Lilac?

What is the rate of growth for Snowdance Japanese Tree Lilac?
I'm glad you asked!

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!

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.

How can I tell if my spirea will come back again this year?

How can I tell if my spirea will come back again this year?
Has your area had cold snaps in March and early April?

Does the foliage on Shining Sensation remain a wine color throughout the winter?

Does the foliage on Shining Sensation remain a wine color throughout the winter?
Isn't the foliage beautiful?

Would azaleas do well in southern Ontario?

Would azaleas do well in southern Ontario?
Yes!

When will Red Star start showing signs of spring?

When will Red Star start showing signs of spring?
I expect that to happen very soon!

Will Japanese lilac trees grow well in zone 6b?

Absolutely!

Would Sweet Cherry Pie grow well in Los Angeles?

Would Sweet Cherry Pie grow well in Los Angeles?
You are in zone 10, an area that is too hot for growing Sweet Cherry Pie.

I'm not sure of my zone, but what is the mature height of a dwarf magnolia?

I'm not sure of my zone, but what is the mature height of a dwarf magnolia?
Charlotte, North Carolina is zone 7b.

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.

Can I plant Vanilla Strawberry in zone 9?

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

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!

Do azaleas come in purple?

Do azaleas come in purple?
Our Evermore azaleas come in pink, red and orange.

Are azaleas deer resistant?

Are azaleas deer resistant?
Unfortunately, azaleas aren’t on the deer resistant list.

How much can I expect Crimson Fire to grow during the season?

How much can I expect Crimson Fire to grow during the season?
It’s hard to answer that question!

What plants do well in Canada?

I'm so glad you asked!

Are hydrangeas perennials?

Are hydrangeas perennials?
Yes, hydrangeas are perennial shrubs!

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.

Is Coppertone Distylium deer resistant?

Is Coppertone Distylium deer resistant?
The problem with recommending deer resistant plants is that a deer will eat anything if it is hungry enough!

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!

The leaves on my Amber Jubilee suddenly dropped off- will it come back next year?

The leaves on my Amber Jubilee suddenly dropped off- will it come back next year?
The good news is that ninebarks are very tough plants!

How should I prepare butterfly bushes for winter?

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

Will gardenias flower all year long if watered and fertilized?

Will gardenias flower all year long if watered and fertilized?
I'm glad you asked!

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!

Is Sweet Tea Gardenia grafted to a hardy root stock?

Is Sweet Tea Gardenia grafted to a hardy root stock?
We have good news for you!

Can I take a root section of a ninebark and plant it with any hope of success?

I love the flowers of ninebark!

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!

Should I prune my Strawberry Sundae in the late fall or wait until spring?

Should I prune my Strawberry Sundae in the late fall or wait until spring?
Great question!

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!

Could you recommend deer resistant plants? Are holly bushes deer resistant?

Recommending deer resistant plants is tough. It seems to depend on how hungry the deer are!

I planted Autumn Revolution Bittersweet in June, it's healthy, but hasn't produced berries- help!

I planted Autumn Revolution Bittersweet in June, it's healthy, but hasn't produced berries- help!
I wonder if it bloomed earlier this spring.

Could you recommend deer resistant plants?

Could you recommend deer resistant plants?
Deer really know how to ruin a nice garden, don’t they!

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.

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!

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.

Looking for plant recommendations for shade.

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

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.

Can you help me find deer resistant plants for sun and for shade?

That’s a really good question- yes I can!

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!

Could you recommend some annual and perennial deer resistant plants?

Trying to figure out deer resistant plants can be so difficult!

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.

Does Midnight Magic have exfoliating bark?

Does Midnight Magic have exfoliating bark?
Yes, it does have exfoliating bark!

What shrubs would do best next to walnut trees?

What shrubs would do best next to walnut trees?
That's a good question!

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!

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.

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.

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!

Are perennial hibiscus deer resistant?

Are perennial hibiscus deer resistant?
That’s a really good question!

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!

What varieties are deer proof?

Well, nothing is absolutely deer proof.

When is the best time to plant creeping phlox?

When is the best time to plant creeping phlox?
Creeping phlox is a tough plant!

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.

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!

How long does it take for Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea blossoms to turn pink?

I wish there was an easy answer to your question!

Can hibiscus plants be split?

Can hibiscus plants be split?
Dividing, or splitting woody shrubs can be difficult.

My outside potted gardenia never blooms. Help!

I hope we can figure out what the problem is!

When is the best time to plant a red maple tree?

When is the best time to plant a red maple tree?
September is a great month for planting trees!