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!


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!

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!

The leaves on my Strawberry Sundae are quite yellow. Should I fertilize?

The leaves on my Strawberry Sundae are quite yellow. Should I fertilize?
I’ve been watching my hydrangeas and am so excited to see leaves coming on!

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

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

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!

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

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

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.

How do I care for my Moonlight Magic?

How do I care for my Moonlight Magic?
Moonlight Magic Crapemyrtle is an easy to care for plant in your area.

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!

Are hydrangeas perennials?

Are hydrangeas perennials?
Yes, hydrangeas are perennial shrubs!

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!

My weigela is green and healthy, but it has never bloomed- what should I do?

My weigela is green and healthy, but it has never bloomed- what should I do?
It’s interesting that you haven’t had any flowers.

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.

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.

My outside potted gardenia never blooms. Help!

I hope we can figure out what the problem is!

One of my Above and Beyond Roses is growing faster than the other, but neither are showing signs of budding. What do you suggest?

One of my Above and Beyond Roses is growing faster than the other, but neither are showing signs of budding. What do you suggest?
Sometimes, gardening is such a puzzle. Here’s a few things to look for when comparing the smaller one to the larger one.

I put fabric and mulch around Hawaii Hibiscus to keep out weeds. Should I remove them to fertilize?

I put fabric and mulch around Hawaii Hibiscus to keep out weeds. Should I remove them to fertilize?
Hawaii Hibiscus is so pretty and easy to care for!

Should I fertilize my newly planted Delta Blues now or wait until spring?

Should I fertilize my newly planted Delta Blues now or wait until spring?
Once we get into hot, summer weather, it’s best not to fertilize.

I planted a Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea for my summer home. What is the best way to get it through severe winters?

I planted a Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea for my summer home. What is the best way to get it through severe winters?
What a great flowering shrub for a summer house!

My Gardenia buds drop off before opening. Is this normal?

My Gardenia buds drop off before opening. Is this normal?
Gardenias are really intended for zones 7-9.

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!

MY GARDENIA LEAVES TURN YELLOW AND THE BUDS TURN BROWN BEFORE FALLING OFF. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?

MY GARDENIA LEAVES TURN YELLOW AND THE BUDS TURN BROWN BEFORE FALLING OFF. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?
Great question! It depends on which part of the plant you are watering.

I have a dead spot on my Alberta Spruce. Is there a fertilizer that will help?

Do you know what caused the dead spot?

My Light-O-Day Hydrangea plants aren't blooming this year. What am I doing wrong?

My Light-O-Day Hydrangea plants aren't blooming this year. What am I doing wrong?
You know, I love the variegated foliage so much that I sometimes forget about the flowers!

Can Hydrangeas survive in Sandy soil?

I'm wondering - how are the hydrangeas doing?

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!

How do I maintain the large blooms on my Funky Fuchsia Buddleia?

How do I maintain the large blooms on my Funky Fuchsia Buddleia?
I’m glad you like Funky Fuchsia butterfly bush! Aren't the flowers incredible?

My ninebark is mildew resistant, but I'm noticing some on my plant. What do I do?

Although plants may be resistant to something, outbreaks can still happen.

Any tips on growing roses?

Any tips on growing roses?
Roses are such beautiful flowers and I’m glad you are trying it out!

How do I keep my roses healthy & insect free?

How do I keep my roses healthy & insect free?
Did you know insects are less likely to go after healthy plants?

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).

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.

How do I get more blooms on my Endless Summer Hydrangea (macrophylla)?

How do I get more blooms on my Endless Summer Hydrangea (macrophylla)?
It’s so frustrating when something goes wrong with a plant. I think it could be one of many things.

I'm moving - How do I transplant my plants to my new house?

This is a great question! It would be best to dig them up now while the weather is still mild.

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.

How do I grow blueberries in containers?

Blueberries fresh from the garden sounds delicious!

How can I help my gardenia thrive?

How can I help my gardenia thrive?
A few things to think about if your plant isn't thriving.

When do I fertilize my Azaleas?

When do I fertilize my Azaleas?
Great question - It’s best to fertilize azaleas after they flower, before the first of June.

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 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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