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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!


Is there a compact hydrangea growing no more than 4 feet high that would do well in morning shade and afternoon sun?

Is there a compact hydrangea growing no more than 4 feet high that would do well in morning shade and afternoon sun?
Good question!

Which colorful plants do well in full sun for Zone 9?

Which colorful plants do well in full sun for Zone 9?
You live in a great part of the country for colorful gardens!

When should my newly planted Vanilla Strawberry start blooming?

When should my newly planted Vanilla Strawberry start blooming?
Good question!

Does Daybreak Barberry have thorns?

Does Daybreak Barberry have thorns?
Good question!

Can Loropetalum grow in Zone 10?

Can Loropetalum grow in Zone 10?
Good question!

Can I plant a Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea in a sunny spot?

Can I plant a Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea in a sunny spot?
It depends!

Can I plant my hydrangea in a partially shaded bed covered with river stones?

Can I plant my hydrangea in a partially shaded bed covered with river stones?
Not a good idea!

Can I plant my Standing Ovation in a partly shaded area?

Can I plant my Standing Ovation in a partly shaded area?
Good question!

Can I plant azaleas in Zone 9?

Can I plant azaleas in Zone 9?
Good question!

How much sun or shade does the diamond rouge hydrangea need?

How much sun or shade does the diamond rouge hydrangea need?
The amount of sun and shade for a hydrangea can be tricky to answer.

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!

Will Diamond Rouge do well in afternoon heat in zone 3?

Will Diamond Rouge do well in afternoon heat in zone 3?
Great question! And, hard to answer.

My Vanilla Strawberry died in morning shade and full afternoon sun. Would Jetstream Hydrangea do better there?

My Vanilla Strawberry died in morning shade and full afternoon sun. Would Jetstream Hydrangea do better there?
Oh no, what a bummer!

I planted Strawberry Sundae this summer, and I'm afraid I may have killed it.

I planted Strawberry Sundae this summer, and I'm afraid I may have killed it.
Oh, dear! I hope we can help it out.

Looking for a sun tolerant shrub for containers that can withstand Texas heat.

Looking for a sun tolerant shrub for containers that can withstand Texas heat.
I love container gardens!

My Strawberry Sundae looks great! But only blooms on one side..

My Strawberry Sundae looks great! But only blooms on one side..
This has happened from time to time in my garden as well.

Why doesn't my Autumn Revolution Bittersweet have any flowers?

Why doesn't my Autumn Revolution Bittersweet have any flowers?
Well, that's a bummer!

I’m looking for an evergreen shrub to use as a foundation plant.

I’m looking for an evergreen shrub to use as a foundation plant.
Wonderful!

My ninebark is shaded by a large tree and is not doing well. Should I move it?

My ninebark is shaded by a large tree and is not doing well. Should I move it?
Great question!

There are no flowers on my phlox this year, what gives?

There are no flowers on my phlox this year, what gives?
That's funny! I was wondering the same thing when I walked through my garden this morning and looked at my garden phlox.

I transplanted my Diamond Rouge in a pot, but the leaves are red and falling off now. Help!

I transplanted my Diamond Rouge in a pot, but the leaves are red and falling off now. Help!
Oh no!

Where should I plant Shining Sensation?

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

I'm looking for foundation plants that can withstand wind, sun, drought and cold winters.

I'm looking for foundation plants that can withstand wind, sun, drought and cold winters.
Boy, that's a lot to handle!

I'm looking for shade trees that can withstand full sun to partial shade.

I'm looking for shade trees that can withstand full sun to partial shade.
You've got a few options for your zone!

Why do my peony buds never open?

That’s happened in my garden.

Can Technito Arborvitae be planted on the north side with morning sun?

Can Technito Arborvitae be planted on the north side with morning sun?
The north side of the house is a great spot!

Can I plant Strawberry Sundae in full sun? What about in a container?

Can I plant Strawberry Sundae in full sun? What about in a container?
Yes, you can!

Looking for low maintenance, full sun flowering plants for zone 8.

Looking for low maintenance, full sun flowering plants for zone 8.
You have many options to choose from!

Where is the best place to plant Vanilla Strawberry? Does it need afternoon shade?

Where is the best place to plant Vanilla Strawberry? Does it need afternoon shade?
Great question!

What are the best plants and shrubs to plant along a fence in the sun?

What are the best plants and shrubs to plant along a fence in the sun?
I love crapemyrtle!

Looking to replace older plants with white hibiscus shrubs. Which varieties would bloom best in my zone?

Looking to replace older plants with white hibiscus shrubs. Which varieties would bloom best in my zone?
Changing out a landscape can be hard work but a fresh approach is always worthwhile!

How much can I expect Crimson Fire to grow during the season?

How much can I expect Crimson Fire to grow during the season?
It’s hard to answer that question!

Will Diamond Rouge be okay in the afternoon sun in zone 7A?

Will Diamond Rouge be okay in the afternoon sun in zone 7A?
Although tough, it will be thirsty!

Is Coppertone Distylium deer resistant?

Is Coppertone Distylium deer resistant?
The problem with recommending deer resistant plants is that a deer will eat anything if it is hungry enough!

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!

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!

What shrubs would do best in full sun with wet soil?

What shrubs would do best in full sun with wet soil?
Great landscaping question!

The California sun has killed our yard. What can we do?

The California sun has killed our yard. What can we do?
That sounds brutal!

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.

What flowering shrubs would do well in full sun?

What flowering shrubs would do well in full sun?
Are you looking for large or medium sized flowering shrubs?

What would be the best tree to plant in zone 6?

What would be the best tree to plant in zone 6?
Thanks for the question. I can think of a few trees that have pretty fall colors.

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!

My Gardenia buds drop off before opening. Is this normal?

My Gardenia buds drop off before opening. Is this normal?
Gardenias are really intended for zones 7-9.

Do weigelas require a lot of water when in direct sunlight?

Anything newly planted will get wilty when the summer sun comes on and the temperatures rise.

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