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!


Is the Sapphire Surf plant a late starter?

Has your plant not yet leafed out? You may want to first consider your zone.

Will my phlox bloom during the summer in my hot and humid climate?

I wasn’t certain of the answer so I did some research.

Do the branches on my Ruby Tears need to be weighed down?

Do the branches on my Ruby Tears need to be weighed down?
You just get to sit back and enjoy your new tree!

Any suggestions for a small tree to plant?

Any suggestions for a small tree to plant?
I have a couple of thoughts on trees that range from 10-12 feet.

Can you help me prune my healthy growing shrubs to keep them neat and small?

I try to keep pruning at a minimum by planting the right size shrub in the right size place.

Only one of my hydrangeas is leafing out this Spring. What am I doing wrong?

Sometimes, it’s hard to figure out what went wrong with a plant.

How do you keep weeds out of the garden?

How do you feel about digging up weeds? That’s one way.

What flowering plants can I plant in full shade?

What flowering plants can I plant in full shade?
Shady lawns can be wonderful on hot, summer days. However, they can be a bit tricky when it comes to landscaping.

Would Amber Jubilee Ninebark shrubs work well in front of the trees in my backyard?

Would Amber Jubilee Ninebark shrubs work well in front of the trees in my backyard?
I think Amber Jubilee Ninebark looks great anywhere!

Looking for flowering perennials that won't grow more than 2'-3' feet tall. Any recommendations?

You have quite a few plants you can try in your space.

Are any hydrangea deer resistant?

Unfortunately, deer really like hydrangeas.

Is Little Devil Ninebark Deer Resistant?

Is Little Devil Ninebark Deer Resistant?
That's a really good question. In some areas of the country, ninebarks are deer resistant.

Can I split Easy Elegance Roses?

Can I split Easy Elegance Roses?
I’m really glad you like your Easy Elegance Roses and want more!

Do I need to protect my Sweet Cherry Pie tree from Deer?

Do I need to protect my Sweet Cherry Pie tree from Deer?
That would be a really good idea! Deer and rabbits seem to know which plants are favorites and those are the ones they go after.

Is the Tahiti Hibiscus Sterile?

Is the Tahiti Hibiscus Sterile?
Tahiti and the group of single petal hibiscus are not sterile.

Can Hydrangeas survive in Sandy soil?

I'm wondering - how are the hydrangeas doing?

Do First Editions Plants need a lot of sun and water?

Thanks for writing! Actually, there are dozens of First Editions’ plants – trees, shrubs, vines, roses, fruits, perennials.

WHAT CAN I PLANT IN A ROCKY, SLOPING AREA TO HOLD THE GROUND & KEEP WEEDS AT BAY?

WHAT CAN I PLANT IN A ROCKY, SLOPING AREA TO HOLD THE GROUND & KEEP WEEDS AT BAY?
This sounds like a tough site!

My Arborvitae Emerald Green is turning white - Any help?

That doesn’t sound good! Is this a new plant or one that has been in the ground for a while?

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 is the difference between a reblooming hydrangea and an endless summer hydrangea?

What is the difference between a reblooming hydrangea and an endless summer hydrangea?
Great question about the Endless Summer Hydrangeas!

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!

Are there any Hydrangeas that can take full sun?

This is a great question! Sun and shade symbols can be confusing.

When Will I see buds on my Midnight Magic this Spring?

When Will I see buds on my Midnight Magic this Spring?
Waiting and watching for signs of life in the spring can be so hard! And, it doesn’t help that crape myrtles take their time leafing out.

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 deep are the roots of spirea bushes?

How deep are the roots of spirea bushes?
I’m curious, are you planning to dig one up and move it? Or, are you planting one in a container?

What can I put at the bottom of my large containers instead of soil?

This is a great question!

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?

How do you trim a Weigela Shrub?

How do you trim a Weigela Shrub?
Weigela is such a pretty plant! And, fortunately, if you make a mistake pruning, it’s forgiving and will grow right back and fill in again.

How can I keep squirrels from digging in my garden?

Keeping out critters can be a challenge!

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!

Can you tell me more about the Standing Ovation Serviceberry?

Can you tell me more about the Standing Ovation Serviceberry?
You are off to a good start on your landscape with Standing Ovation Serviceberry!

My Royal Palms drop large branches. What do you suggest planting around them?

Falling royal palm branches sounds like quite a hazard in the garden!

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?

Can I plant my Gardenia in a container?

I’m really glad that you asked this question. I receive quite a few questions about gardenias from all across the country.

Will holly bushes survive in the winter?

Evergreen hollies would probably struggle in those conditions.

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.

My Crape Myrtles looks brown and weak this spring - What can I do?

My Crape Myrtles looks brown and weak this spring - What can I do?
Great question! With crape myrtles, you have to be patient.

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).

Why isn't my Autumn Revolution producing orange berries?

I’m really stumped on this one! Bittersweet is usually such an easy plant to grow.

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

First Editions has plenty of options for you!

Can I plant Shining Sensation in a container?

Can I plant Shining Sensation in a container?
I love container gardening! It’s fun to try different plants in containers, especially ones that attract hummingbirds.

I HAVE A HILL COVERED IN JUNIPER AND WANT TO RE-LANDSCAPE WITH LOW MAINTENANCE SHRUBBERY. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?

Sounds like you have quite the project on your hands!

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?

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 care for my plants in a hot climate?

How do I care for my plants in a hot climate?
Don’t be dismayed! We have some plants for you to try and suggestions on how to get them off to a great start and keep them alive.

How do I care and pair plants with my orange hibiscus?

I think I've got just what you're looking for...

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.

What plants stay green all winter in a cold climate?

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

Can Weigela grow in my zone?

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

How much should I trim my Lagerstoemias?

How much should I trim my Lagerstoemias?
I usually wait to see new growth in the spring before pruning.

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

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

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.

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

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

Does the Limoncello Barberry retain its leaves year round?

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

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

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

What are low growing companion plants for Cinnamon Girl?

You have lots of options for shady ground covers!

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

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

Why are the berries drying up on my Pumpkin Hypericum?

Why are the berries drying up on my Pumpkin Hypericum?
Such a bummer to hear your berries dried up!

Why isn't my healthy plant flowering?

If your healthy plant isn't producing the blooms it's supposed to, there are a couple potential culprits.

How do I prune my thyrallis?

I love sunny, yellow flowers!

How do I shape my Vintage Jade?

How do I shape my Vintage Jade?
Thanks for your question, Judy! I’m envious that you live in an area where you can plant distylium!

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.

Can I plant an Azalea in a container?

That’s a great question and a little bit tricky to answer! Azaleas would definitely be best in the ground year round.

Does First Editions have Evergreen Crape Myrtles?

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

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.

How and when do I plant Pampas Grass?

Great question! Some ornamental grasses are a bit particular.

Can hydrangeas survive in zone 10?

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

Why are my neighbors jonquils blooming before mine?

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

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.

What grows well in Clay Soil?

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

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!

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.

How can I garden on a budget?

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

How do I get my hydrangeas to change colors?

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

Do any of the new varieties get along with Black Walnuts?

That’s both a tough question and a great question! I’m glad you asked.

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!

What does "Full Sun" really mean?

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

Do I need to cover my plants in early spring?

Do I need to cover my plants in early spring?
The highs and lows of Spring weather can be hard on plants. Whether or not to cover the plant, depends on how far along the new leaves are.

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

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

Do you know of any roses with fragrance?

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

Which plants pair well with Cinnamon Girl Distylium?

Which plants pair well with Cinnamon Girl Distylium?
You are so lucky to live in a part of the country where it is a warmer zone and Cinnamon Girl Distylium thrives.

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 much should I water my shrubs?

How much should I water my shrubs?
Young root systems can easily dry out while they are just getting established, so pay close attention!

Can I plant First Editions in a container?

Can I plant First Editions in a container?
Containers aren’t reserved for just annuals. Watch as Ryan, our gardening expert, shows how to make a big statement with your favorite shrub.  

Why aren't my junipers producing any berries?

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

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.

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.

How to Split Perennials

Splitting perennials, like hostas, is super simple! It’s best done in the springtime right after the plant emerges from the ground.

Where is the best place to plant a hydrangea along a house?

Where is the best place to plant a hydrangea along a house?
I absolutely love hydrangeas! And, I really don’t think you can have too many.

How do I prune my rose bush?

How do I prune my rose bush?
Ready to play in the garden? Me too!

Will the New Diamond Rouge Hydrangea Thrive in my area?

Will the New Diamond Rouge Hydrangea Thrive in my area?
Thank you Karen, for your question about the Diamond Rouge Hydrangea.

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