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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!


What can I plant among my lilies to keep the feet cool?

Great question! I’m new to growing lilies and wondered the same thing.

Are dahlias perennials?

Actually, dahlias are tuberous perennials.

Any suggestions for perennials ideal for hanging baskets that can also stand the intense Florida heat?

This is a question best answered by a pro!

My front yard has poor dirt and receives sun all afternoon. Could you tell me what plants would do well here?

My front yard has poor dirt and receives sun all afternoon. Could you tell me what plants would do well here?
Great question. I can think of a few plants that would grow well and look great in that area!

Is the hardy hibiscus related to hollyhocks?

You have a good eye! They do have much in common and both are in the Malvaceae (mallow) family.

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.

Could too much rain be the cause of yellow and brown leaves on daylilies?

Definitely, it could be too much rain.

LOOKING FOR PERENNIALS THAT LIKE HALF SUN AND HALF SHADE. ANY RECOMMENDATIONS?

Excellent question! I have found there are really quite a few perennials that work well in part shade.

What's a good plant for a border?

I think a mix of plants makes the best border and a healthy border.

I DIDN’T ROUGH UP THE ROOTS BEFORE PLANTING. SHOULD I DIG UP THE ROOTS AND ROUGH THEM UP, OR LET IT BE?

I’ve done that from time to time! I get so excited about a new plant and I don’t do things the right way.

I AM LOOKING FOR A YELLOW-FLOWERED PERENNIAL, BUT DON’T KNOW THE NAME. HOW COULD I FIND OUT?

Great question! There are a few perennials that it could be.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

What are low growing companion plants for Cinnamon Girl?

You have lots of options for shady ground covers!

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.

What can I plant in my yard to add greenery to cut flower arrangements?

What can I plant in my yard to add greenery to cut flower arrangements?
Cinnamon Girl or Vintage Jade distylium would perfect!

I want to add color to my yard, what do you recommend?

I want to add color to my yard, what do you recommend?
Thanks for your question, Alice! I think adding a pop of color to your landscape bed is a great idea.

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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