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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 should I do to winterize my Campfire Rose for Zone 3?

Great question!

When should I move and prune my hydrangea?

Great questions!

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!

Can you tell me why my Campfire Rose bush has yellow leaves?

Can you tell me why my Campfire Rose bush has yellow leaves?
Yellow leaves with newly planted shrubs are generally a sign of stress, but there's still hope!

Why are my newly planted hydrangeas turning brown?

Why are my newly planted hydrangeas turning brown?
Yikes! Are the flowers turning brown or the leaves?

What can I do about the leaves turning brown on my Tiger Eyes Sumac?

What can I do about the leaves turning brown on my Tiger Eyes Sumac?
It's one of those plants that can be loved to death!

We've had too much rain and now the leaves on my Tiger Eyes Sumac are wilting. What can I do?

We've had too much rain and now the leaves on my Tiger Eyes Sumac are wilting. What can I do?
Like most all sumacs, Tiger Eyes thrives on neglect.

How do I prepare Hawaii Hibiscus for winter?

How do I prepare Hawaii Hibiscus for winter?
What a wonderful gift!

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!

How do I prepare wisteria for winter?

How do I prepare wisteria for winter?
It's a great time to start planning!

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.

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!

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!

I planted barberries in pots and now the gold leaves are falling off.

I planted barberries in pots and now the gold leaves are falling off.
Oops! It sounds like your barberries got too dry.

The rabbits have gotten to my Diamond Rouge, and now it's not flowering. What can I do?

The rabbits have gotten to my Diamond Rouge, and now it's not flowering. What can I do?
Rabbits are cute hopping along until they stop and settle in the garden for a meal.

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!

Why does my Limoncello Barberry have crispy leaves even if I water everyday?

Why does my Limoncello Barberry have crispy leaves even if I water everyday?
With new plants, it can be hard to find the right balance of just enough water and too much water.

My distylium has dried, crunchy leaves even though they receive plenty of water and shade - help!

My distylium has dried, crunchy leaves even though they receive plenty of water and shade - help!
The weather has been a challenge for my garden too!

Can Tiger Eyes Sumac survive in a container?

Can Tiger Eyes Sumac survive in a container?
Definitely!

I just planted Vanilla Strawberry and watered diligently, but it's wilting. What can I do?

No doubt, your hydrangea is stressed!

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 are the watering requirements for Strawberry Sundae?

What are the watering requirements for Strawberry Sundae?
It can be hard figuring out how much water is enough vs. too much. Especially, container plantings.

What causes lemon tree leaves to curl?

It depends on the color.

My Amber Jubilee has yellow and wilting leaves- what can I do?

My Amber Jubilee has yellow and wilting leaves- what can I do?
I wonder if it is too much water.

When is the best time to transplant my Delta Blues?

When is the best time to transplant my Delta Blues?
I think you should wait a little bit.

Why are the leaves on my Hibiscus yellow and wilting?

Why are the leaves on my Hibiscus yellow and wilting?
It's one of those plants that likes water!

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!

I just planted Tiger Eyes, and it looks like its dying even after fertilizing and watering- help!

I just planted Tiger Eyes, and it looks like its dying even after fertilizing and watering- help!
This is really interesting...

The leaves on my newly planted Opening Day Viburnum are brown - help!

The leaves on my newly planted Opening Day Viburnum are brown - help!
I think I know what the problem is.

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!

The leaves on my Amber Jubilee are starting to dry up. What can I do?

The leaves on my Amber Jubilee are starting to dry up. What can I do?
Great question! Here's a few things to consider.

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.

Any fertilizer suggestions for my clematis that isn't flowering?

I have to admit, I'm new to clematis!

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!

Can I grow Sweet Star Gardenia in Long Island?

Can I grow Sweet Star Gardenia in Long Island?
You might check with your local garden center for their recommendation for Long Island.

There's a white coating on the leaves of my Moonlight Magic. Any ideas what it might be?

There's a white coating on the leaves of my Moonlight Magic. Any ideas what it might be?
That's a good question.

My Coral Magic Crapemyrtle is wilting and I don't know why.

My Coral Magic Crapemyrtle is wilting and I don't know why.
Hmmm. It’s probably too much water or not enough water.

Why are the leaves on my Vintage Jade paler this year?

Why are the leaves on my Vintage Jade paler this year?
I always think a soil test is a good idea!

What specifics do I need to follow when planting a gardenia?

What specifics do I need to follow when planting a gardenia?
Great question!

How do I successfully plant an avocado and mango tree?

We have great information on our site!

My gardenia leaves are turning brown, should I trim back?

My gardenia leaves are turning brown, should I trim back?
That’s got to be frustrating!

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!

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!

The leaves on my gardenia are turning brown. Should I fertilize?

The leaves on my gardenia are turning brown. Should I fertilize?
Before fertilizing, let’s figure out what’s causing the problem.

How do I care for my Moonlight Magic?

How do I care for my Moonlight Magic?
Moonlight Magic Crapemyrtle is an easy to care for plant in your area.

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!

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!

The leaves on my Amber Jubilee suddenly dropped off- will it come back next year?

The leaves on my Amber Jubilee suddenly dropped off- will it come back next year?
The good news is that ninebarks are very tough plants!

Will gardenias flower all year long if watered and fertilized?

Will gardenias flower all year long if watered and fertilized?
I'm glad you asked!

How should I prepare my weigela for the winter?

Fortunately, weigelas are tough plants and don’t require much pampering!

Does Little Devil need to be protected during the winter?

Does Little Devil need to be protected during the winter?
Snow is a great insulator.

How do I prepare my new plants for winter? Do they need to be trimmed?

New plants, especially, need some TLC in the fall and winter!

Care instructions for mini roses only mention spring care. What should I do in the fall?

Enjoy the flowers while they last!

My Rainbow Sensation is brown and dry. Is this normal for fall?

My Rainbow Sensation is brown and dry. Is this normal for fall?
It could probably use a good drink of water.

Is it normal for Amber Jubilee to lose their leaves this early in the fall?

Is it normal for Amber Jubilee to lose their leaves this early in the fall?
Usually, ninebarks hold their leaves well into fall.

My outside potted gardenia never blooms. Help!

I hope we can figure out what the problem is!

One of my Above and Beyond Roses is growing faster than the other, but neither are showing signs of budding. What do you suggest?

One of my Above and Beyond Roses is growing faster than the other, but neither are showing signs of budding. What do you suggest?
Sometimes, gardening is such a puzzle. Here’s a few things to look for when comparing the smaller one to the larger one.

My Diamond Rouge Hydrangeas turned brown, defoliated, and are now growing again. Is something wrong?

My Diamond Rouge Hydrangeas turned brown, defoliated, and are now growing again. Is something wrong?
It sounds like they are recovering from the shock of going from the nursery to their new home in the garden.

I put fabric and mulch around Hawaii Hibiscus to keep out weeds. Should I remove them to fertilize?

I put fabric and mulch around Hawaii Hibiscus to keep out weeds. Should I remove them to fertilize?
Hawaii Hibiscus is so pretty and easy to care for!

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

It is probably just pouting!

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.

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!

My new Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea looks dried up. Can I plant this inside during the winter?

It sounds like it is stressed and needs some extra TLC.

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 Moonlight Magic has green spots on the leaves and they are dropping rapidly. What can I do?

My Moonlight Magic has green spots on the leaves and they are dropping rapidly. What can I do?
Did it recently get hot and dry where you live?

One Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea is thriving, while the other is droopy and shriveled. What could the problem be?

One Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea is thriving, while the other is droopy and shriveled. What could the problem be?
It’s always strange when one plant does well and another struggles. Especially, when the conditions seem to be the same.

The leaves on my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea are turning yellow. What should I do to fix this?

The leaves on my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea are turning yellow. What should I do to fix this?
The yellow leaves are telling you that it needs a drink of water!

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!

When would be the best time to plant the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea?

When would be the best time to plant the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea?
Now is a great time! Get it in the ground and enjoy the flowers this summer.

Can I plant a perennial in an 8 inch deep pot? Should I bring it inside when winter comes?

You should be fine. Just be sure to keep an eye on it and water as needed.

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.

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!

Will Above and Beyond do well in part shade?

Will Above and Beyond do well in part shade?
Definitely, it will be best in full sun. In the spot you have in mind, it probably won’t have as many flowers.

MY NEWLY PLANTED BLOOMSTRUCK HAVE WILTED WITH THE RECENT HEAT. WILL THEY COME BACK?

I bet that spike in temperature caused the wilting as it took the plants by surprise!

MY GARDENIA LEAVES TURN YELLOW AND THE BUDS TURN BROWN BEFORE FALLING OFF. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?

MY GARDENIA LEAVES TURN YELLOW AND THE BUDS TURN BROWN BEFORE FALLING OFF. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?
Great question! It depends on which part of the plant you are watering.

AM I OVERWATERING OR UNDERWATERING MY HYDRANGEAS?

Sometimes, it is hard to tell if there is too much or not enough water. However, the answer is in the dirt.

Why do my shade perennials only come back one season?

It could be a few things - here’s a few ideas.

My plants keep turning dry and brown. How do I keep them alive?

When plants are at the garden center, they are watered frequently and get used to being pampered.

My azalea have a lot of dead branches on them, is it lack of rain last summer?

My azalea have a lot of dead branches on them, is it lack of rain last summer?
Lack of rain could be one of the causes. Plants really need regular watering through the season.

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!

I have a dead spot on my Alberta Spruce. Is there a fertilizer that will help?

Do you know what caused the dead spot?

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.

Can Hydrangeas survive in Sandy soil?

I'm wondering - how are the hydrangeas doing?

Do First Editions Plants need a lot of sun and water?

Thanks for writing! Actually, there are dozens of First Editions’ plants – trees, shrubs, vines, roses, fruits, perennials.

Are there any Hydrangeas that can take full sun?

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

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!

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.

How do I keep my roses healthy & insect free?

How do I keep my roses healthy & insect free?
Did you know insects are less likely to go after healthy plants?

Why aren't my plants coming back this Spring?

It can be hard after winter waiting to see what will leaf out and what doesn’t, and with a new plant, it can be iffy.

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.

I'm moving - How do I transplant my plants to my new house?

This is a great question! It would be best to dig them up now while the weather is still mild.

Why are the berries drying up on my Pumpkin Hypericum?

Why are the berries drying up on my Pumpkin Hypericum?
Such a bummer to hear your berries dried up!

I spotted yellow leaves on my plant, what does it mean?

There are a couple of things that may be the cause your plant's new look.

How do I fix the drainage problem in my garden?

Drainage problems are something so many of us have to tackle. Luckily, there are several options.

How do I grow blueberries in containers?

Blueberries fresh from the garden sounds delicious!

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.

How much should I water my shrubs?

How much should I water my shrubs?
Young root systems can easily dry out while they are just getting established, so pay close attention!

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