About Amy's Answers

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!


Just bought Vanilla Strawberry tree form in Anchorage, could you tell me more about this plant?

Just bought Vanilla Strawberry tree form in Anchorage, could you tell me more about this plant?
Oh, that's wonderful!

How large do Summer Cascade's roots get?

How large do Summer Cascade's roots get?
The roots and the trunk will get some size on them.

Where should I plant Shining Sensation?

Where should I plant Shining Sensation?
That's a good question!

Will Amber Jubilee grow in zone 4 at 8,500 ft?

Will Amber Jubilee grow in zone 4 at 8,500 ft?
I think it's worth a shot!

Is ninebark safe to grow near a drain field?

Is ninebark safe to grow near a drain field?
Hmm, interesting question!

Where is the best place to plant Snow White Mockorange?

Where is the best place to plant Snow White Mockorange?
Be certain to find a place where you can enjoy the fragrance!

Why isn't my Opening Day Viburnum flowering for the second year in a row?

Why isn't my Opening Day Viburnum flowering for the second year in a row?
Why a plant doesn’t flower is a great question!

Will spirea grow well in acidic soil next to a blue spruce?

Will spirea grow well in acidic soil next to a blue spruce?
The soil should be fine. A bigger concern is root competition.

Are hydrangeas best grown in containers or in the lawn for zone 8?

Are hydrangeas best grown in containers or in the lawn for zone 8?
The nice thing about growing hydrangeas in containers is that you can move them about to find the right spot!

Can hydrangeas grow in southern Florida?

Can hydrangeas grow in southern Florida?
Great question!

I have several Little Devil Ninebark, but don't know where to plant them? Do they lose their leaves in the winter?

I have several Little Devil Ninebark, but don't know where to plant them? Do they lose their leaves in the winter?
What a great addition to your landscape!

My Blue Puffball Vitex hasn't grown or flowered since planting. What could be wrong?

My Blue Puffball Vitex hasn't grown or flowered since planting. What could be wrong?
Frustrating! I’ve had that happen with shrubs, too.

Would Chapel View Cryptomeria do okay with some shade?

Would Chapel View Cryptomeria do okay with some shade?
Such a great plant to have in your yard!

Will weigela thrive in the shade?

Will weigela thrive in the shade?
I’ve tried weigela in shade and haven’t had much luck.

When is the best time to transplant a dwarf crapemyrtle?

When is the best time to transplant a dwarf crapemyrtle?
It would be best to transplant them in the spring.

How do I get rid of small black spots on my Limoncello Barberry?

How do I get rid of small black spots on my Limoncello Barberry?
There are a couple reasons why this could be happening, but good news, I have solutions!

It has been very hot and my Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea receives a lot of sun, resulting in brown leaves. Should I move it to the shade?

It has been very hot and my Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea receives a lot of sun, resulting in brown leaves. Should I move it to the shade?
You are right, it probably is too much sun and heat and that’s why the flowers are turning brown.

I fertilized and watered my hydrangea diligently, but it's wilting. What do you suggest?

I fertilized and watered my hydrangea diligently, but it's wilting. What do you suggest?
Good question and I hope we get it figured out in time!

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 you suggest a tree that will be able to stand wind and is drought tolerant?

Can you suggest a tree that will be able to stand wind and is drought tolerant?
I have some great options for you!

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.

Would Amber Jubilee Ninebark shrubs work well in front of the trees in my backyard?

Would Amber Jubilee Ninebark shrubs work well in front of the trees in my backyard?
I think Amber Jubilee Ninebark looks great anywhere!

Can Hydrangeas survive in Sandy soil?

I'm wondering - how are the hydrangeas doing?

WHAT CAN I PLANT IN A ROCKY, SLOPING AREA TO HOLD THE GROUND & KEEP WEEDS AT BAY?

WHAT CAN I PLANT IN A ROCKY, SLOPING AREA TO HOLD THE GROUND & KEEP WEEDS AT BAY?
This sounds like a tough site!

Are there any Hydrangeas that can take full sun?

This is a great question! Sun and shade symbols can be confusing.

How do I maintain the large blooms on my Funky Fuchsia Buddleia?

How do I maintain the large blooms on my Funky Fuchsia Buddleia?
I’m glad you like Funky Fuchsia butterfly bush! Aren't the flowers incredible?

My ninebark is mildew resistant, but I'm noticing some on my plant. What do I do?

Although plants may be resistant to something, outbreaks can still happen.

Any tips on growing roses?

Any tips on growing roses?
Roses are such beautiful flowers and I’m glad you are trying it out!

Can you tell me more about the Standing Ovation Serviceberry?

Can you tell me more about the Standing Ovation Serviceberry?
You are off to a good start on your landscape with Standing Ovation Serviceberry!

Can I plant my Gardenia in a container?

I’m really glad that you asked this question. I receive quite a few questions about gardenias from all across the country.

Will holly bushes survive in the winter?

Evergreen hollies would probably struggle in those conditions.

I'm a new gardener, where do I begin?

I'm a new gardener, where do I begin?
Don’t worry about being new to gardening! We are all learning as we go.

I'm looking for easy care shrubs - what do you suggest?

First Editions has plenty of options for you!

Can I plant Shining Sensation in a container?

Can I plant Shining Sensation in a container?
I love container gardening! It’s fun to try different plants in containers, especially ones that attract hummingbirds.

I HAVE A HILL COVERED IN JUNIPER AND WANT TO RE-LANDSCAPE WITH LOW MAINTENANCE SHRUBBERY. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?

Sounds like you have quite the project on your hands!

What can I plant for a replacement hedge?

What can I plant for a replacement hedge?
For your replacement hedge, are you wanting something evergreen or a mix of shrubs? And, how tall do you want it be when it is mature? Also, sun or shade?

How do I care for my plants in a hot climate?

How do I care for my plants in a hot climate?
Don’t be dismayed! We have some plants for you to try and suggestions on how to get them off to a great start and keep them alive.

How do I care and pair plants with my orange hibiscus?

I think I've got just what you're looking for...

Can Weigela grow in my zone?

Can Weigela grow in my zone?
Weigela is a great plant, and thrives in zones 4-8.

Are there plants that will attract bees, but not wasps?

This is a great question. Bees are pollinators and are much more interested in plant pollen than in people. Wasps, on the other hand, are predators and can be aggressive.

What do you suggest for a Rose Garden?

What do you suggest for a Rose Garden?
I’m so glad you asked this question! It is important to start with your hardiness zone to ensure a thriving rose garden.

Why are my neighbors jonquils blooming before mine?

Just like tulips, different varieties of jonquils have different flowering times.

What grows well in Clay Soil?

All plants would do better in clay if you add a bit of compost when planting.

I live in the south. What blooming shrubs can I plant in the shade?

First Editions has some great options for shady spots in your area.

How can I garden on a budget?

First, start with your soil. It’s always a good idea to add some compost when planting.

What can I grow along my driveway that won't require much care?

Even though I really like gardening, I also like having a few low maintenance plants!

What does "Full Sun" really mean?

Full sun usually means direct sun during the summer months for six hours or more a day.

Do you have tips for planting a Dogwood?

Do you have tips for planting a Dogwood?
Planting a Dogwood in your yard is a great idea!

Where do I even begin?

Where do I even begin?
Not sure where to start? Need some inspiration for your yard? I've got you covered!

Where is the best place to plant a hydrangea along a house?

Where is the best place to plant a hydrangea along a house?
I absolutely love hydrangeas! And, I really don’t think you can have too many.

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