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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!


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.

Last year I planted the Above and Beyond Rose and it's covered in blooms. Should I deadhead the earlier blooms or let it be?

Last year I planted the Above and Beyond Rose and it's 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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