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!


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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