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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!


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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