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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 size are the cherries on the Sweet Pie Cherry tree?

What size are the cherries on the Sweet Pie Cherry tree?
Good question!

Can I overwinter a Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangea tree in a large pot outside or will they have to be brought inside?

Can I overwinter a Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangea tree in a large pot outside or will they have to be brought inside?
To be on the safe side, bring your Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea tree inside a garage to overwinter.

Are Sweet Cherry Pie and Black Tartarian compatible for pollination?

Are Sweet Cherry Pie and Black Tartarian compatible for pollination?
Great question!

Will my crapemyrtle truly be 4-8' wide?

Will my crapemyrtle truly be 4-8' wide?
The mature size of a crapemyrtle all depends on the area where you live.

Can I plant a Matador Maple near a paver walkway?

Can I plant a Matador Maple near a paver walkway?
Good question!

My MOONLIGHT MAGIC has very few blooms. Help!

My MOONLIGHT MAGIC has very few blooms. Help!
That sounds like too much nitrogen in a fertilizer mix.

How far apart should I plant my Sweet Cherry Pie cherry trees?

How far apart should I plant my Sweet Cherry Pie cherry trees?
Good question!

If Kieffer is a European pear, can it cross-pollinate with a Tawara pear?

If Kieffer is a European pear, can it cross-pollinate with a Tawara pear?
Interesting question!

I would like a privacy tree for my condo's 6 foot high deck. Help!

I would like a privacy tree for my condo's 6 foot high deck. Help!
Sometimes rules and regulations get in the way of a good plant!

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

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

Is the Sweet Cherry Pie tree self-pollinating?

Is the Sweet Cherry Pie tree self-pollinating?
Yes!

Can I plant a Goldspur Chokecherry in Zone 7?

Can I plant a Goldspur Chokecherry in Zone 7?
Goldspur Chokecherry will do best in cooler climates.

Do you have suggestions for fast-growing trees in Zone 10?

Do you have suggestions for fast-growing trees in Zone 10?
Great question!

Are the Magic cultivars of CRAPEMYRTLES deciduous? Is there a non-deciduous variety of CRAPEMYRTLE?

Are the Magic cultivars of CRAPEMYRTLES deciduous? Is there a non-deciduous variety of CRAPEMYRTLE?
Great questions!

Is the Matador Maple disease resistant?

Is the Matador Maple disease resistant?
Great question!

Can I cut the blooms off of my Vanilla Strawberry tree for a wedding?

Hydrangea flowers are beautiful in wedding arrangements!

Are Standing Ovation leaves yellow in the fall?

Are Standing Ovation leaves yellow in the fall?
Great question!

Can I make a soap using the flowers from my tree?

That's a great question!

Any ideas why my apple tree bloomed in the fall last year, instead of the spring?

Well, that's interesting!

My lilac tree is covered in lichen and only blooms every other year.

What a bummer!

The leaves on my Vanilla Strawberry tree are yellowing and dying. How can I help it?

The leaves on my Vanilla Strawberry tree are yellowing and dying. How can I help it?
I bet it's stressed out.

What causes lemon tree leaves to curl?

It depends on the color.

How do I prune Snowdance after it's bloomed?

How do I prune Snowdance after it's bloomed?
I haven’t thought about pruning lilac trees!

Can I prune Parkland Pillar Birch where leaves aren't growing on branches?

Can I prune Parkland Pillar Birch where leaves aren't growing on branches?
Early spring is the best time to prune trees. But, the problems are always apparent then.

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!

Is crabapple fruit safe for deer and birds?

I am so glad you are concerned about your animal friends and their safety!

Why are the leaves on my Parkland Pillar Birch yellow?

Why are the leaves on my Parkland Pillar Birch yellow?
Sometimes, when a plant isn’t doing well, it’s easier to break it down into parts to try to find the reason.

I would like to make an island of plants at the entrance of my driveway - what should I plant?

I would like to make an island of plants at the entrance of my driveway - what should I plant?
This sounds like a really nice garden to welcome guests!

Looking for tree and shrub suggestions for a wet area in zone 3.

Looking for tree and shrub suggestions for a wet area in zone 3.
Hopefully, this area just has wet soil from time to time rather than standing water.

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!

How much can I expect Sweet Cherry Pie tree to grow this first season?

How much can I expect Sweet Cherry Pie tree to grow this first season?
I'm so glad you added that to your yard!

There are new sprouts at the base of my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea Tree. Should I prune them?

Great question!

I'm looking for a large tree. What do you recommend?

I'm looking for a large tree. What do you recommend?
It depends what you would like it for!

What size container should I use to plant my hibiscus trees?

What size container should I use to plant my hibiscus trees?
There are a few things to consider first.

Is Sweet Cherry Pie self-polinating?

Is Sweet Cherry Pie self-polinating?
Great question!

What trees do you recommend to add privacy to my yard?

What trees do you recommend to add privacy to my yard?
I really like a mix of evergreens and other trees for screening.

Can I plant Technito Arborvitae next to a row of tall aspen trees?

Can I plant Technito Arborvitae next to a row of tall aspen trees?
Fortunately, Technito is an easy to grow plant that does well in sun or part shade.

Should I trim back my orange tree at the same time I'm transplanting it?

I think it’s time to call in an expert!

What can I plant in an area that only gets about one hour of sun each day?

What can I plant in an area that only gets about one hour of sun each day?
That's a little bit tricky!

What is the rate of growth for Snowdance Japanese Tree Lilac?

What is the rate of growth for Snowdance Japanese Tree Lilac?
I'm glad you asked!

Will Japanese lilac trees grow well in zone 6b?

Absolutely!

Should I move my cryptomeria if I'm concerned it doesn't have room to grow?

Should I move my cryptomeria if I'm concerned it doesn't have room to grow?
This is a great time of year to move the tree; the sooner the better!

How do I successfully plant an avocado and mango tree?

We have great information on our site!

Is there anything else I should be doing for Texas Mountain Laurel besides watering a few times a week?

Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora) is new to me, but it looks like a beautiful plant!

Would Sweet Cherry Pie grow well in Los Angeles?

Would Sweet Cherry Pie grow well in Los Angeles?
You are in zone 10, an area that is too hot for growing Sweet Cherry Pie.

I'm not sure of my zone, but what is the mature height of a dwarf magnolia?

I'm not sure of my zone, but what is the mature height of a dwarf magnolia?
Charlotte, North Carolina is zone 7b.

What plants or shrubs would do well in shade in my area?

What plants or shrubs would do well in shade in my area?
In zone 9 and 10, you have many options!

I'm looking for large flowering and fruit-bearing shrubs.

I'm looking for large flowering and fruit-bearing shrubs.
Definitely plant serviceberries!

Looking for a dwarf tree for my small yard. Would Centennial Blush Star Magnolia, crapemyrtle, or birch do well?

Looking for a dwarf tree for my small yard. Would Centennial Blush Star Magnolia, crapemyrtle, or birch do well?
You should definitely give them a try.

Would magnolia trees do well in zone 9A?

Would magnolia trees do well in zone 9A?
Although there are some magnolias that really like the heat, most all need water and good dirt.

When is the best time to plant a red maple tree?

When is the best time to plant a red maple tree?
September is a great month for planting trees!

Does First Editions Sell Dwarf Trees, and if so, what kind?

Does First Editions Sell Dwarf Trees, and if so, what kind?
Yes! We have several to choose from.

Any suggestions for trees to plant in a container in San Diego? I need help!

Any suggestions for trees to plant in a container in San Diego? I need help!
I'm glad you aren't giving up!

Will Polar Joy survive the harsh Minnesota winters?

Will Polar Joy survive the harsh Minnesota winters?
We have found that Polar Joy is extremely cold hardy and will survive zone 4 winters without tipping and burying.

I need shade in my yard! What tree could I plant that will grow quickly?

I need shade in my yard! What tree could I plant that will grow quickly?
Let's get you some shade quick, but will also create a great looking yard!

There are yellow leaves on my newly planted Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea. Any recommendations?

It is probably just pouting!

Will a Bald Cypress survive southern Minnesota?

Will a Bald Cypress survive southern Minnesota?
Yes!

What trees would do well on a slope?

What trees would do well on a slope?
Great question! I can think of a few that would do well and look great.

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.

What's a good plant for a border?

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

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!

Do the branches on my Ruby Tears need to be weighed down?

Do the branches on my Ruby Tears need to be weighed down?
You just get to sit back and enjoy your new tree!

Any suggestions for a small tree to plant?

Any suggestions for a small tree to plant?
I have a couple of thoughts on trees that range from 10-12 feet.

Do I need to protect my Sweet Cherry Pie tree from Deer?

Do I need to protect my Sweet Cherry Pie tree from Deer?
That would be a really good idea! Deer and rabbits seem to know which plants are favorites and those are the ones they go after.

I'm looking for a plant to create a privacy fence. What do you recommend?

Using shrubs as a privacy fence is such a fun idea!

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!

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!

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?

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.

How can I help my gardenia thrive?

How can I help my gardenia thrive?
A few things to think about if your plant isn't thriving.

Do any of the new varieties get along with Black Walnuts?

That’s both a tough question and a great question! I’m glad you asked.

Is it okay to have bare root plants shipped to me?

That's a tricky question, and it really depends on the time of year, but in the early spring, buying a bare root tree can be a good way to go.

Which plants pair well with Cinnamon Girl Distylium?

Which plants pair well with Cinnamon Girl Distylium?
You are so lucky to live in a part of the country where it is a warmer zone and Cinnamon Girl Distylium thrives.

Can I grow an Orange Tree in my Sunroom?

I was so excited to answer this question from Janet in West Virginia.

How do I winterize my plants in the Fall?

I'm glad you asked because this is something many people forget to do. If you live in an area with freezing temperatures, certain varieties should be covered and protected from the cold winter.

How do I use fertilizer in my garden?

What’s the old saying? Spring forward, fall back? The same applies here.

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