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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!


I purchased the diamond rouge hydrangea this spring. How much should I be trimming the hydrangea now in November?

I purchased the diamond rouge hydrangea this spring. How much should I be trimming the hydrangea now in November?
Wait until next spring to prune.

I recently purchased a vanilla strawberry hydrangea tree. Do I need to protect it further from deer? Should I wrap in burlap?

I recently purchased a vanilla strawberry hydrangea tree. Do I need to protect it further from deer? Should I wrap in burlap?
Yes!

We bought a Tiger Eyes Golden Cutleaf Sumac. It was beautiful all summer but now it has lost most of its branches. Is this normal?

We bought a Tiger Eyes Golden Cutleaf Sumac. It was beautiful all summer but now it has lost most of its branches. Is this normal?
That’s a great question!

I bought a vanilla strawberry hydrangeas tree this year and was told to trim the tree back the first couple years to make the tree trunk stronger. Just how do I trim so I can still enjoy the beautiful blooms next summer/autumn?

I bought a vanilla strawberry hydrangeas tree this year and was told to trim the tree back the first couple years to make the tree trunk stronger. Just how do I trim so I can still enjoy the beautiful blooms next summer/autumn?
Great pruning question!

How do you care for new Wisteria Summer Cascade in the winter?

How do you care for new Wisteria Summer Cascade in the winter?
Great question!

When fertilizing a Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea tree, what is the best fertilizer balance to use and when is the ideal time to fertilize?

 When fertilizing a Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea tree, what is the best fertilizer balance to use and when is the ideal time to fertilize?

Great question!


I have a couple Amber Jubilee plants that I planted June and I need advice on how and when to go about pruning them

I have a couple Amber Jubilee plants that I planted June and I need advice on how and when to go about pruning them
The best time to prune Amber Jubilee Ninebarks is in the early spring.

Will my potted Double Mint Gardenias go dormant or freeze in my garage this winter?

Will my potted Double Mint Gardenias go dormant or freeze in my garage this winter?
It depends on a few things...

Will my Paniculata Vanilla Strawberry rebloom since I've already pruned it this fall?

Will my Paniculata Vanilla Strawberry rebloom since I've already pruned it this fall?

What a timely question!


Can I keep my Tiger Eyes Sumac pruned to around 4’ instead of the mature size of 6’x6’?

Can I keep my Tiger Eyes Sumac pruned to around 4’ instead of the mature size of 6’x6’?
It will take a few years for it to hit 6’ tall.

I purchased an Amber Jubilee in the spring, it is looking great but I'm wondering how and when to prune it?

I purchased an Amber Jubilee in the spring, it is looking great but I'm wondering how and when to prune it?
Fall is fine for a minimal amount of pruning and cleaning up stray branches.

How far back should I trim my vanilla strawberry hydrangea in the spring?

How far back should I trim my vanilla strawberry hydrangea in the spring?
I have just the video for you!

I have a tiger eyes sumac that doesn't look like it's doing very well. It doesn't get direct sunlight until after noon. I was thinking about mowing or transplanting it. Please help!

I have a tiger eyes sumac that doesn't look like it's doing very well. It doesn't get direct sunlight until after noon. I was thinking about mowing or transplanting it. Please help!
Tiger Eyes Sumac really does best in full sun.

I'm considering planting a gladiator crab by my house, but information I've seen online about the tree is highly inconsistent. How wide does it grow to be? Does it drop its fruit?

I'm considering planting a gladiator crab by my house, but information I've seen online about the tree is highly inconsistent. How wide does it grow to be? Does it drop its fruit?
You are wise to consider the mature width of a tree.

I have 2 Crème Brûlée Potentilla bushes, but one has grown with very little foliage. It does not look healthy. Help!

I have 2 Crème Brûlée Potentilla bushes, but one has grown with very little foliage. It does not look healthy. Help!
It can be difficult trying to figure out why one plant thrives and another struggles.

I live in Maine from June-October. I know early spring is best, but will it be okay if I don't prune my Strawberry Sundae Hydrangeas until June?

I live in Maine from June-October. I know early spring is best, but will it be okay if I don't prune my Strawberry Sundae Hydrangeas until June?
That’s a tricky question!

Will Diamond Rouge Hydrangea bloom well with 4 hours of afternoon sun?

Will Diamond Rouge Hydrangea bloom well with 4 hours of afternoon sun?
It’s worth a try!

What ph soil will amber jubilee and cotoneaster grow well in?

What ph soil will amber jubilee and cotoneaster grow well in?
Good news!

What kind of fertilizer do I use on Amber Jubilee™ Ninebark shrubs and how do I water them?

What kind of fertilizer do I use on Amber Jubilee™ Ninebark shrubs and how do I water them?
Good news! Amber Jubilee and other ninebarks really don’t need fertilizer.

I have a bubblegum pink phlox. When the flowers turn brown do I cut them off? Also, in the winter should I cut it down at all?

I have a bubblegum pink phlox. When the flowers turn brown do I cut them off? Also, in the winter should I cut it down at all?
Bubblegum Pink Phlox is one of my favorites!

What size are the cherries on the Sweet Pie Cherry tree?

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

I have a Snow White™ Mockorange. Its growth is erratic, is this typical? When is it best to prune the shrub? Does it bloom on new wood?

I have a Snow White™ Mockorange. Its growth is erratic, is this typical? When is it best to prune the shrub? Does it bloom on new wood?
Timing is important when it comes to pruning a mockorange.
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Why isn't my Berry White® Hydrangea blossoming?

Why isn't my Berry White® Hydrangea blossoming?
You may need to give it more time.

When should my newly planted Vanilla Strawberry start blooming?

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

Do deer eat tiger eye sumac?

Do deer eat tiger eye sumac?
Rats! Or, should I say oh dear?

How do I care for my Above and Beyond Rose?

How do I care for my Above and Beyond Rose?
Great question!

Is Above and Beyond an own-root rose?

Is Above and Beyond an own-root rose?
Great question!

When is the best time to prune my Amber Jubilee?

When is the best time to prune my Amber Jubilee?
That’s a great question! And, a timely one for my garden.

My Campfire Rose quit producing new blooms. Help!

My Campfire Rose quit producing new blooms. Help!
Not to worry!

Can I plant my DIAMOND ROUGE in a combination of potting mix and loose dirt?

Can I plant my DIAMOND ROUGE in a combination of potting mix and loose dirt?
Great question!

What is NPK Fertilizer?

What is NPK Fertilizer?
Good question!

Can I plant my wisteria next to my pergola and wrap it around the post?

Can I plant my wisteria next to my pergola and wrap it around the post?
Great questions!

How do I plant my Cabernet Barberry?

How do I plant my Cabernet Barberry?
Great question!

Is lotus moon deer resistant?

Is lotus moon deer resistant?
Unfortunately, I’m struggling to try to find an answer for you.

Can I plant my Campfire Rose in a mild shaded area?

Can I plant my Campfire Rose in a mild shaded area?
Great question about roses and sunlight!

When does Ninebark flower and for how long?

When does Ninebark flower and for how long?
Good question!

How fast should Tiger Eyes grow in zone 4?

How fast should Tiger Eyes grow in zone 4?
Great question!

When will my ATOMIC RED start to leaf out in Zone 4?

When will my ATOMIC RED start to leaf out in Zone 4?
Great question!

Is Candy Coralberry deer resistant?

Good news!

Is the Sweet Cherry Pie tree self-pollinating?

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

Help! Trying to successfully grow my gardenia inside.

Growing gardenias indoors can be a little bit tricky.

Do I need to cover my Campfire Rose for winter in Zone 4?

Do I need to cover my Campfire Rose for winter in Zone 4?
Great question!

Is the Matador Maple disease resistant?

Is the Matador Maple disease resistant?
Great question!

Do I need to trim and cover my Campfire Rose for winter in Zone 4?

Do I need to trim and cover my Campfire Rose for winter in Zone 4?
Great question!

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.

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!

Why haven't my Vanilla Strawberry blooms turned pink yet?

Why haven't my Vanilla Strawberry blooms turned pink yet?
Good question!

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

What a bummer!

Why is my Amber Jubilee Ninebark all green?

Why is my Amber Jubilee Ninebark all green?
Good question!

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

No doubt, your hydrangea is stressed!

When should I prune Sapphire Surf Caryopteris? And how do I prepare it for winter?

When should I prune Sapphire Surf Caryopteris? And how do I prepare it for winter?
I'm so happy you've added it to your garden!

Should I do anything with Snow White over the winter?

Should I do anything with Snow White over the winter?
Great question!

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.

Can I prune Amber Jubilee in the beginning of July?

Can I prune Amber Jubilee in the beginning of July?
I think it's alright.

Is Campfire Rose grown on it's own root?

Is Campfire Rose grown on it's own root?
Yes!

Is coralberry deer resistant?

That's a tricky question!

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.

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.

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!

My Snow White is over 6' tall and very thin. Should I prune it?

My Snow White is over 6' tall and very thin. Should I prune it?
Yes, it sounds like your spirea needs to be rejuvenated!

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!

What kind of fertilizer should I use for Polar Joy?

What kind of fertilizer should I use for Polar Joy?
Such a beautiful rose, I hope you enjoy it!

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

Great question!

Is Campfire Rose on it's own root?

Is Campfire Rose on it's own root?
That’s a great question and especially important with roses in colder areas!

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!

My ninebark is showing very little growth this season, should I prune it?

My ninebark is showing very little growth this season, should I prune it?
Give it a little more time.

Would spirea do well in a whiskey barrel?

Would spirea do well in a whiskey barrel?
Whiskey barrel gardens are fun!

When is the best time to divide up my Cotton Candy phlox?

When is the best time to divide up my Cotton Candy phlox?
What a great time to ask!

I'm looking for Arctic Blue Willow in Minnesota, can you help?

It is a pretty shrub and would be a beautiful addition to your garden!

What plants do well in Canada?

I'm so glad you asked!

How do I winterize my hyndrangeas?

Hydrangeas are one of my favorite plants!

Should I cut back my Summer Cascade wisteria?

Should I cut back my Summer Cascade wisteria?
Knowing the type of wisteria helps with knowing when to prune and how often.

How should I get my roses ready for the winter?

How should I get my roses ready for the winter?
Preparing for the winter is key for survival.

Can you help me find deer resistant plants for sun and for shade?

That’s a really good question- yes I can!

What should I do to get my Campfire Roses ready for winter?

What should I do to get my Campfire Roses ready for winter?
That is a great question, and I'm glad you asked!

Can Strawberry Sundae survive in full sun for half of the day and full shade the other half?

Great question!

Is it safe to transplant potentilla in September?

Potentilla is a very tough plant and can take a lot of abuse.

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.

What is a hearty perennial for bordering a fence?

What is a hearty perennial for bordering a fence?
I have some ideas!

What plant would pair nicely with Phlox?

What plant would pair nicely with Phlox?
You have so many options!

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.

How should I prepare my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea for the harsh winter on a lake?

The thought of an icy cold winter wind blowing across the lake just gives me the shivers!

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.

I am noticing some dark frayed edges on the leaves of my newly planted Amber Jubilee. Could this mean bugs?

I am noticing some dark frayed edges on the leaves of my newly planted Amber Jubilee. Could this mean bugs?
Yes, you are probably right!

My Autumn Revolution Bittersweet looks more like a vine than a bush- where is the best place to plant it?

My Autumn Revolution Bittersweet looks more like a vine than a bush- where is the best place to plant it?
This plant is actually a vine that produces fruit. Although it looks good, it is not edible!

The Above and Beyond Rose is covered in blooms. Should I deadhead the earlier blooms or let it be?

The Above and Beyond Rose is covered in blooms. Should I deadhead the earlier blooms or let it be?
It won’t hurt to let it go and let the old flowers and petals just fall off.

I have an Autumn Revolution that is now in mostly shade. I want to move it to a sunny spot, will it be successful?

It will definitely be happier in the sun!

When deadheading roses, should the stem be cut at the old bud or the next leaf?

Good question! You could deadhead at either part, depending on your preference.

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.

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!

What's a good plant for a border?

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

ARE ENDLESS SUMMER VARIETIES DEER RESISTANT?

ARE ENDLESS SUMMER VARIETIES DEER RESISTANT?
That’s a good question, and I wish I had better news for you!

I WOULD LIKE TO TRAIN MY SUMMER CASCADE WISTERIA INTO A TREE. CAN IT BE DONE?

I WOULD LIKE TO TRAIN MY SUMMER CASCADE WISTERIA INTO A TREE. CAN IT BE DONE?
Thanks for the question! With time, wisteria will eventually grow a large trunk.

Will the Campfire Rose spread beyond the border where I plant it?

Will the Campfire Rose spread beyond the border where I plant it?
You are in luck! Campfire Rose is a shrub rose and doesn’t spread.

What can I plant in slopy sandy soil, and shady area that prevents ground erosion and is deer resistant?

What can I plant in slopy sandy soil, and shady area that prevents ground erosion and is deer resistant?
This sounds like a tough site!

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!

Only one of my hydrangeas is leafing out this Spring. What am I doing wrong?

Sometimes, it’s hard to figure out what went wrong with a plant.

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 I split Easy Elegance Roses?

Can I split Easy Elegance Roses?
I’m really glad you like your Easy Elegance Roses and want more!

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.

My Royal Palms drop large branches. What do you suggest planting around them?

Falling royal palm branches sounds like quite a hazard in the garden!

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?

How do I get more blooms on my Endless Summer Hydrangea (macrophylla)?

How do I get more blooms on my Endless Summer Hydrangea (macrophylla)?
It’s so frustrating when something goes wrong with a plant. I think it could be one of many things.

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!

Why are my neighbors jonquils blooming before mine?

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

How much should I prune Amber Jubilee?

Thanks, Lynn, for your question! Knowing how much to prune – if at all – depends on how much space you have.

What shrubs can I plant in the shady areas of my yard?

What shrubs can I plant in the shady areas of my yard?
This is a question I get a lot: knowing how to best landscape the shady areas of your yard.

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!

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 prune my Hydrangea (Paniculata)?

Such a bummer to hear your hydrangea isn't blooming like you hoped. Lucky for you, we've created a video to give you the care advice you need to get those blooms back.

Will the New Diamond Rouge Hydrangea Thrive in my area?

Will the New Diamond Rouge Hydrangea Thrive in my area?
Thank you Karen, for your question about the Diamond Rouge Hydrangea.

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