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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!


How should I prepare butterfly bushes for winter?

How should I prepare butterfly bushes for winter?
Aren't they beautiful bushes?

How do I winterize my hyndrangeas?

Hydrangeas are one of my favorite plants!

How should I prepare my weigela for the winter?

Fortunately, weigelas are tough plants and don’t require much pampering!

Where should I place my potted Cool Splash during the winter?

Where should I place my potted Cool Splash during the winter?
You have a couple of options!

Does Little Devil need to be protected during the winter?

Does Little Devil need to be protected during the winter?
Snow is a great insulator.

How do I prepare my new plants for winter? Do they need to be trimmed?

New plants, especially, need some TLC in the fall and winter!

How should I take care of Vanilla Strawberry in the winter?

What a beautiful plant!

Just planted Vanilla Strawberry- What kind of care does it need heading into winter?

Just planted Vanilla Strawberry- What kind of care does it need heading into winter?
I’m so glad you are adding a Vanilla Strawberry to your landscape!

How should I get my roses ready for the winter?

How should I get my roses ready for the winter?
Preparing for the winter is key for survival.

Care instructions for mini roses only mention spring care. What should I do in the fall?

Enjoy the flowers while they last!

How do I prepare my Above and Beyond Rose for winter?

How do I prepare my Above and Beyond Rose for winter?
I suppose it is time to start prepping for the colder months!

Would hens and chicks be okay if left outside in the winter?

Are they in the ground or in a container?

Is it normal for Amber Jubilee to lose their leaves this early in the fall?

Is it normal for Amber Jubilee to lose their leaves this early in the fall?
Usually, ninebarks hold their leaves well into fall.

What should I do to get my Campfire Roses ready for winter?

What should I do to get my Campfire Roses ready for winter?
That is a great question, and I'm glad you asked!

I've had my hydrangea for three years, but it never flowers. What am I doing wrong?

I've had my hydrangea for three years, but it never flowers. What am I doing wrong?
Have you tried giving it extra protection in the winter?

Will Polar Joy survive the harsh Minnesota winters?

Will Polar Joy survive the harsh Minnesota winters?
We have found that Polar Joy is extremely cold hardy and will survive zone 4 winters without tipping and burying.

How should I prepare my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea for the harsh winter on a lake?

The thought of an icy cold winter wind blowing across the lake just gives me the shivers!

I planted several Atomic Red Trumpet Vines 2 ft apart and they're very tall. How should I prepare for winter?

I planted several Atomic Red Trumpet Vines 2 ft apart and they're very tall. How should I prepare for winter?
It sounds like they are planted too close together!

My new Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea looks dried up. Can I plant this inside during the winter?

It sounds like it is stressed and needs some extra TLC.

How can I prepare my Moonlight Magic for winter?

How can I prepare my Moonlight Magic for winter?
There are some things you can do but much of it depends on the winter.

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!

Can I plant a perennial in an 8 inch deep pot? Should I bring it inside when winter comes?

You should be fine. Just be sure to keep an eye on it and water as needed.

Why do my shade perennials only come back one season?

It could be a few things - here’s a few ideas.

My azalea have a lot of dead branches on them, is it lack of rain last summer?

My azalea have a lot of dead branches on them, is it lack of rain last summer?
Lack of rain could be one of the causes. Plants really need regular watering through the season.

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

Do you know what caused the dead spot?

Is the Sapphire Surf plant a late starter?

Is the Sapphire Surf plant a late starter?
Has your plant not yet leafed out? You may want to first consider your zone.

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.

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.

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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