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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!


I won't be home in early spring- can I prune Amber Jubilee & Purpleleaf Sand Cherry now?

I won't be home in early spring- can I prune Amber Jubilee & Purpleleaf Sand Cherry now?
This time of year, it’s best to back away from the pruners!

Is Sweet Tea Gardenia grafted to a hardy root stock?

Is Sweet Tea Gardenia grafted to a hardy root stock?
We have good news for you!

When should I cut back my gardenias?

When should I cut back my gardenias?
The best time to prune is right after they flower.

My weigela is green and healthy, but it has never bloomed- what should I do?

My weigela is green and healthy, but it has never bloomed- what should I do?
It’s interesting that you haven’t had any flowers.

When do I prune Sapphire Surf Bluebeard, and how far down do I prune?

When do I prune Sapphire Surf Bluebeard, and how far down do I prune?
Caryopteris is a little bit tricky when trying to figure out how much to prune!

Should I prune my Strawberry Sundae in the late fall or wait until spring?

Should I prune my Strawberry Sundae in the late fall or wait until spring?
Great question!

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!

I planted Autumn Revolution Bittersweet in June, it's healthy, but hasn't produced berries- help!

I planted Autumn Revolution Bittersweet in June, it's healthy, but hasn't produced berries- help!
I wonder if it bloomed earlier this spring.

How much pruning does Vanilla Strawberry need in the spring?

How much pruning does Vanilla Strawberry need in the spring?
How much pruning depends on how much space you have for it to grow.

When should I cut back my hibiscus?

When should I cut back my hibiscus?
I love the huge flowers of hibiscus!

Should I prune my newly planted White Diamond?

Should I prune my newly planted White Diamond?
Hydrangeas are kind of tricky when it comes to pruning.

Should I cut back my Summer Cascade wisteria?

Should I cut back my Summer Cascade wisteria?
Knowing the type of wisteria helps with knowing when to prune and how often.

I planted Sky High Juniper too close to a light. Can I prune, or make into topiary?

I planted Sky High Juniper too close to a light. Can I prune, or make into topiary?
Ugh – I hate it when I plant things too close to something!

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

Enjoy the flowers while they last!

Can you tell me about Amber Jubilee- when it flowers and when is best to prune?

Can you tell me about Amber Jubilee- when it flowers and when is best to prune?
Absolutely! Great questions.

There are straggly branches on my weigela. Where should I trim and when?

There are straggly branches on my weigela. Where should I trim and when?
If there are a couple of branches driving you crazy now, go ahead and trim them back.

When is the best time to deadhead Vanilla Strawberry? Is this a limelight or mophead?

When is the best time to deadhead Vanilla Strawberry? Is this a limelight or mophead?
Such a beautiful hydrangea!

The flowers on my Vanilla Strawberry are too heavy for the stems. What do you suggest?

The flowers on my Vanilla Strawberry are too heavy for the stems. What do you suggest?
I’m glad your hydrangea is happily flowering! Now, we need to get it grow sturdy stems.

How do you prune and train bittersweet for the best results?

How do you prune and train bittersweet for the best results?
I'm glad to hear you are looking out for your bittersweet!

The flowers on my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea are weighing down the branches. Should I be concerned?

It sounds like you have a very happy hydrangea!

Are the dimensions for Crimson Fire after pruning, or the typical dimensions of a mature plant without pruning?

Are the dimensions for Crimson Fire after pruning, or the typical dimensions of a mature plant without pruning?
The sizes we list are for the mature height and width without pruning.

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!

Should I prune off the dead flowers on my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea?

Should I prune off the dead flowers on my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea?
It's frustrating when a new plant doesn't look the way we want it to.

Can I prune Purple Magic Crapemyrtle into a tree?

Can I prune Purple Magic Crapemyrtle into a tree?
Your success will depend on the winters and how much dieback they experience.

Is it normal for red twig dogwoods to sprout a white leaf stem?

Is it normal for red twig dogwoods to sprout a white leaf stem?
It happens from time to time, shrubs will send up a stem with white leaves.

Will Amber Jubilee become more dense and full if I prune the tops?

Will Amber Jubilee become more dense and full if I prune the tops?
You can definitely bulk up a plant by pruning it.

Can I prune ninebark in mid July?

Yes! July is a good time to prune a ninebark.

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!

I want to keep my First Edition Purple Magic Crapemyrtle as small as possible- how can I achieve this?

I want to keep my First Edition Purple Magic Crapemyrtle as small as possible- how can I achieve this?
Great question! The mature size of a crapemyrtle can depend on how cold or warm the winter temperatures are, and the early spring weather.

The Above and Beyond Rose is covered in blooms. Should I deadhead the earlier blooms or let it be?

The Above and Beyond Rose is covered in blooms. Should I deadhead the earlier blooms or let it be?
It won’t hurt to let it go and let the old flowers and petals just fall off.

When deadheading roses, should the stem be cut at the old bud or the next leaf?

Good question! You could deadhead at either part, depending on your preference.

My Snow White Fantasy bloomed a couple weeks ago but now the petals are falling off. Should I prune it?

My Snow White Fantasy bloomed a couple weeks ago but now the petals are falling off. Should I prune it?
Mockorange flowers in the spring and then again in the summer!

My Miss Kim Lilacs are over 8 feet tall. Can they be pruned down to 4 feet without killing them?

Miss Kim Lilacs are supposed to mature to 6-7’. You must be giving yours lots of love!

I have hydrangeas that bloom very little, while others don’t bloom at all. What can I do?

I have hydrangeas that bloom very little, while others don’t bloom at all. What can I do?
That can be frustrating. But good news, I have some helpful information!

CAN I CUT MY VANILLA STRAWBERRY DOWN FOR A FULLER LOOK WITHOUT PREVENTING FLOWERS?

CAN I CUT MY VANILLA STRAWBERRY DOWN FOR A FULLER LOOK WITHOUT PREVENTING FLOWERS?
Great question! Fortunately, Vanilla Strawberry flowers on new growth, so spring pruning is okay.

How do I trim my azalea bushes?

How do I trim my azalea bushes?
One of the great things about azaleas, is they need very little pruning.

What can I do to make my clematis Bloom?

Finally, I have one that the rabbits haven’t found and it is growing and flowering!

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.

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?

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 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 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.

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.

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!

How do I prune Spirea?

How do I prune Spirea?
When you start seeing leaves and the forecast looks like spring has really arrived in your area, it’s time to prune.

How much should I prune Amber Jubilee?

Thanks, Lynn, for your question! Knowing how much to prune – if at all – depends on how much space you have.

How and When do I prune my Hypericum?

How and When do I prune my Hypericum?
Here's a shout out to Bill in Washington who asked about pruning his Red Star Hypericum.

How do I prune my Hydrangea (Paniculata)?

Such a bummer to hear your hydrangea isn't blooming like you hoped. Lucky for you, we've created a video to give you the care advice you need to get those blooms back.

How do I prune my rose bush?

How do I prune my rose bush?
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