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 need a low-growing bushy shrub to fit in a full shade corner. Prefer evergreen, but deciduous is ok. What are my options, Amy?

I need a low-growing bushy shrub to fit in a full shade corner. Prefer evergreen, but deciduous is ok. What are my options, Amy?
Finding plants for full shade is difficult.

Do you have Chapel View Japanese Cedars? If so what size and what is the price?

Do you have Chapel View Japanese Cedars? If so what size and what is the price?
We do!

Can I train a Berry White Hydrangea to be a tree like the Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangea? If so, how?

Can I train a Berry White Hydrangea to be a tree like the Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangea? If so, how?
More than likely!

What type of shrub should I pair with my Amur Chokecherry tree?

What type of shrub should I pair with my Amur Chokecherry tree?
Ninebark would be a good colorful shrub combined with the chokecherry.

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.

I want to put some small bushes in my yard, what kind do you recommend?

I want to put some small bushes in my yard, what kind do you recommend?
Citrus Tart Potentilla, Sundrop Spirea, and a phlox for summer flowering are great!

Can you grow crapemyrtles and hibiscus together as a hedge?

Can you grow crapemyrtles and hibiscus together as a hedge?
It really depends on the mature size.

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!

When should my newly planted Vanilla Strawberry start blooming?

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

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!

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!

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.

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!

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!

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!

Can Loropetalum grow in Zone 10?

Can Loropetalum grow in Zone 10?
Good 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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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.

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!

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!

How do I plant COPPERTONE DISTYLIUM?

How do I plant COPPERTONE DISTYLIUM?
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!

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!

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.

Is there a drought-resistant CRAPEMYRTLE for a slope?

Is there a drought-resistant CRAPEMYRTLE for a slope?
Good question!

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!

What type of perennial can I plant in the shade that's low maintenance and deer resistant?

What type of perennial can I plant in the shade that's low maintenance and deer resistant?
Good 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 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!

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.

I need to replace a privacy hedge. Which evergreen do you recommend?

I need to replace a privacy hedge. Which evergreen do you recommend?
Junipers are some of the easiest to grow hedges for privacy.

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 I plant in a mix of sandy soil and field dirt next to my gate?

Can I plant in a mix of sandy soil and field dirt next to my gate?
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.

Do you have suggestions for fast-growing trees in Zone 10?

Do you have suggestions for fast-growing trees in Zone 10?
Great question!

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

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

Do dahlias come back every year in Zone 6?

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

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

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

Which Evergreen Shrubs are hurricane resistant?

 Which Evergreen Shrubs are hurricane resistant?
Oh, goodness! Numerous questions come in about deer resistant plants. You are the first to ask about hurricane-resistant plants.

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!

When is a good time to plant in Wisconsin?

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

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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