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!


New Variety: Diamond Rouge Hydrangea Hardiness

New Variety: Diamond Rouge Hydrangea Hardiness
Thank you Karen from Lawrence, Kansas, for your question about the Diamond Rouge Hydrangea.

Pairing Plants with Cinnamon Girl Distylium

Pairing Plants 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.

Yardening for Beginners

Don’t worry about being new to gardening! We are all learning as we go.

Landscaping to prevent Erosion

This is such a great landscaping question, and one you can have some fun with!

How to Handle a Sloping Yard

If your back yard is eroding, it might be time to bring in the professionals.

Tips for Growing Blueberries

Blueberries fresh from the garden sounds delicious! The rabbits ate my blueberry plants so I asked a friend for advice.

Endless Summer Hydrangea Blooms

It’s so frustrating when something goes wrong with a plant. I think it could be one of many things.

Fertilizing Azaleas

Great question - It’s best to fertilize azaleas after they flower, before the first of June.

Drainage Problems in the Garden

Drainage problems are something so many of us have to tackle. Luckily, there are several options.

Yardening on a Budget

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

Pruning Rose Bushes

Pruning Rose Bushes
Ready to play in the garden? Me too!

Growing in Clay Soil

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

Evergreen Crape Myrtles

Evergreen Crape Myrtles
Unfortunately, all crape myrtles drop their leaves in the winter.

Pruning for Shape: Vintage Jade

Pruning for Shape: Vintage Jade
Thanks for your question, Judy! I’m envious that you live in an area where you can plant distylium!

Roses with Fragrance

Roses with Fragrance
Looking for both fragrant and beautiful flowers? Try Easy Elegance.

Planting with Black Walnuts

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

Covering Your Plants & Early Spring Care

Covering Your Plants & Early Spring Care
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.

Changing Hydrangea Colors

Changing Hydrangea Colors
Some hydrangea flowers will change colors.

Selecting Thorn-less Plants

Selecting Thorn-less Plants
Looking for the beauty without the pain? First Editions has options for you!

Hydrangeas for Zone 10

Great question! If you are on the edge of zone 9, you can probably grow hydrangeas.

Full Sun Plants

Ever wondered what full sun really means? Full sun usually means direct sun during the summer months for six hours or more a day.

Shipping Bare Root Plants

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.

A Guide to Watering

A Guide to Watering
Ah yes, watering. The most important thing for long-term growth and health; especially for new shrubs and trees.

Berries on Junipers

Berries on Junipers
Hi! Thanks for your question. Junipers are tricky!

How to Use Shrubs in Containers

How to Use Shrubs in Containers
Containers aren’t reserved for just annuals.

Tips for Transplanting 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.

Fertilizing Your Plants

What’s the old saying? Spring forward, fall back? The same applies here.

How to Know if a 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.

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