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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!


Should a new Crape Myrtle shrub be protected the first winter?

Should a new Crape Myrtle shrub be protected the first winter?
Yes!

I live in Yukon and planted 2 Amber Jubilee Ninebark shrubs this summer. What do I need to do to prepare them for winter?

I live in Yukon and planted 2 Amber Jubilee Ninebark shrubs this summer. What do I need to do to prepare them for winter?
You have some cold winters in the Yukon!

How do I prepare a potted Amber Jubilee Ninebark for winter? I want to plant it in the spring.

How do I prepare a potted Amber Jubilee Ninebark for winter? I want to plant it in the spring.
Do you have a garage?

I have 2 vanilla strawberry hydrangeas and the leaves are turning brown. What do I do? How do I prepare them for winter?

I have 2 vanilla strawberry hydrangeas and the leaves are turning brown. What do I do? How do I prepare them for winter?
Are you adequately watering them?

I bought a bunch of butterfly plants and I'm already getting a lot of butterflies in my yard! How do I keep the plants at optimum health?

I bought a bunch of butterfly plants and I'm already getting a lot of butterflies in my yard! How do I keep the plants at optimum health?
Pollinator plants are some of my favorites!

Does my Campfire Rose shrub need to be covered in the winter?

Does my Campfire Rose shrub need to be covered in the winter?
Great question.

I would love to grow hydrangeas but am concerned with how to treat them in winter.

I would love to grow hydrangeas but am concerned with how to treat them in winter.
Good news - hydrangeas are actually easy to overwinter!

I have a bubblegum pink phlox. When the flowers turn brown do I cut them off? Also, in the winter should I cut it down at all?

I have a bubblegum pink phlox. When the flowers turn brown do I cut them off? Also, in the winter should I cut it down at all?
Bubblegum Pink Phlox is one of my favorites!

Will Amber Jubilee™ Ninebark be safe outdoors all year long and at zero or below with snow?

Will Amber Jubilee™ Ninebark be safe outdoors all year long and at zero or below with snow?
It depends.

Can I overwinter a Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangea tree in a large pot outside or will they have to be brought inside?

Can I overwinter a Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangea tree in a large pot outside or will they have to be brought inside?
To be on the safe side, bring your Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea tree inside a garage to overwinter.

How do I care for my Above and Beyond Rose?

How do I care for my Above and Beyond Rose?
Great 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.

Help! My POLAR JOY doesn't have leaves and it's not blooming.

Help! My POLAR JOY doesn't have leaves and it's not blooming.
Oh dear, that isn’t a good sign.

Help! My LINEBACKER DISTLYLIUM has new growth, but part of it is turning brown.

Help! My LINEBACKER DISTLYLIUM has new growth, but part of it is turning brown.
I have a helpful tip for you!

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.

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.

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!

Can I plant Buttons gardenia in Zone 6?

Bad news!

Why do my CRAPEMYRTLES die back in Zone 8?

Why do my CRAPEMYRTLES die back in Zone 8?
That's interesting!

I think my WEIGELA is dead. Help!

I think my WEIGELA is dead. Help!
Oh no!

Help! My Purple Magic Crapemyrtle looks dormant right now.

Help! My Purple Magic Crapemyrtle looks dormant right now.
Crapemyrtles require a little bit of patience in the spring.

Do dahlias come back every year in Zone 6?

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

How often should I water my gardenia?

How often should I water my gardenia?
Great question about watering your gardenia.

What should I do to winterize my Campfire Rose for Zone 3?

Great question!

Do I need to cover my Campfire Rose for winter in Zone 4?

Do I need to cover my Campfire Rose for winter in Zone 4?
Great question!

When is a good time to plant in Wisconsin?

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

What can I do to revive my Tickled Pink Hydrangea?

What can I do to revive my Tickled Pink Hydrangea?
I have a few suggestions!

What soil and fertilizer do I use for the Hawaii Hibiscus?

What soil and fertilizer do I use for the Hawaii Hibiscus?
Great question!

How do I prepare Hawaii Hibiscus for winter?

How do I prepare Hawaii Hibiscus for winter?
What a wonderful gift!

How do you prune Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea at the end of winter?

How do you prune Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea at the end of winter?
Great question!

How do I prepare wisteria for winter?

How do I prepare wisteria for winter?
It's a great time to start planning!

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!

Are the Magic Series suited for zone 6?

Are the Magic Series suited for zone 6?
Great question!

Can Tiger Eyes Sumac survive in a container?

Can Tiger Eyes Sumac survive in a container?
Definitely!

When should I prune Sapphire Surf Caryopteris? And how do I prepare it for winter?

When should I prune Sapphire Surf Caryopteris? And how do I prepare it for winter?
I'm so happy you've added it to your garden!

Should I do anything with Snow White over the winter?

Should I do anything with Snow White over the winter?
Great question!

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!

My Tiger Eyes Sumac started to show new growth but has now died off. What should I do?

My Tiger Eyes Sumac started to show new growth but has now died off. What should I do?
Interesting!

Could a harsh winter in zone 5 be the reason my Sapphire Surf Bluebeard did not survive?

Could a harsh winter in zone 5 be the reason my Sapphire Surf Bluebeard did not survive?
Unfortunately, it probably was the winter weather...

There are no signs of life on my newly planted Twilight Magic, help!

There are no signs of life on my newly planted Twilight Magic, help!
Don’t panic! Crapemyrtles are slow to leaf out in the spring.

I noticed a zone change for Red Star Hypericum. Will this effect my shrub?

I noticed a zone change for Red Star Hypericum. Will this effect my shrub?
I’m glad you asked that question!

My Atomic Red isn't showing any signs of life. Are they late starters?

My Atomic Red isn't showing any signs of life. Are they late starters?
I don’t know about your area, but spring has had a hard time coming along in my neighborhood!

Any hope for my newly planted Crimson Fire after a cold winter in the south?

Any hope for my newly planted Crimson Fire after a cold winter in the south?
North Carolina has had an unusually hard winter this year!

Are hydrangeas perennials?

Are hydrangeas perennials?
Yes, hydrangeas are perennial shrubs!

The leaves on my Amber Jubilee suddenly dropped off- will it come back next year?

The leaves on my Amber Jubilee suddenly dropped off- will it come back next year?
The good news is that ninebarks are very tough plants!

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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