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!


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

Hydrangea flowers are beautiful in wedding arrangements!

How do I prepare Hawaii Hibiscus for winter?

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

How do I prepare wisteria for winter?

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

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

I've got just the video for you!

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!

Do you think I can successfully transplant Tiger Eye Sumac?

Do you think I can successfully transplant Tiger Eye Sumac?
Some plants are easier to transplant than others.

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!

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

That's a great question!

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!

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!

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!

Should I do anything with Snow White over the winter?

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

How do I prune Snowdance after it's bloomed?

How do I prune Snowdance after it's bloomed?
I haven’t thought about pruning lilac trees!

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.

When is the best time to transplant my Delta Blues?

When is the best time to transplant my Delta Blues?
I think you should wait a little bit.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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!

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!

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!

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 specifics do I need to follow when planting a gardenia?

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

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!

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 do I successfully plant an avocado and mango tree?

We have great information on our site!

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!

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!

What plants do well in Canada?

I'm so glad you asked!

What is the best method to dig up a seedling growing too close to concrete?

This will be a fun project!

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.

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!

Will epson salts change the pH of hydrangeas?

Interesting question!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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?

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!

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.

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.

Can I grow Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea in a container?

You definitely can!

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!

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!

Does the Toscana Barberry have thorns?

Does the Toscana Barberry have thorns?
Yes, it does have thorns. However, the foliage is so pretty that it might be worth reconsidering!

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!

What's a good plant for a border?

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

I WOULD LIKE TO TRAIN MY SUMMER CASCADE WISTERIA INTO A TREE. CAN IT BE DONE?

I WOULD LIKE TO TRAIN MY SUMMER CASCADE WISTERIA INTO A TREE. CAN IT BE DONE?
Thanks for the question! With time, wisteria will eventually grow a large trunk.

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.

How can I keep Rabbits and Deer from eating my vegetable garden?

Have you tried rabbit fencing? It really does work.

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.

How do I get my flower bed to drain?

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

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.

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!

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.

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).

I'm looking for easy care shrubs - what do you suggest?

First Editions has plenty of options for you!

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?

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.

What are some full sun ground covers?

Looking for full sun and low maintenance ground covers? Look no further!

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.

How do I remove invasive plants?

Getting rid of unwanted plants can definitely be a challenge. You might start with your local extension office for plant identification and some options for handling.

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!

What can I dress up my fence?

There are some great plant options to beautify your fence, and provide privacy.

How can I garden on a budget?

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

What can I grow along my driveway that won't require much care?

Even though I really like gardening, I also like having a few low maintenance plants!

What can I do if I want the beauty of roses without the thorns?

What can I do if I want the beauty of roses without the thorns?
Looking for the beauty without the pain? First Editions has options for you!

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.

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!

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!

How do I successfully transplant my plants?

For starters, fall and early spring are the best seasons for transplanting. This way, you can avoid the summer's heat when your plants are extra vulnerable.

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.

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