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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 won't be home in early spring- can I prune Amber Jubilee & Purpleleaf Sand Cherry now?

I won't be home in early spring- can I prune Amber Jubilee & Purpleleaf Sand Cherry now?
This time of year, it’s best to back away from the pruners!

Will epson salts change the pH of hydrangeas?

Interesting question!

How do I winterize my hyndrangeas?

Hydrangeas are one of my favorite plants!

How should I prepare my weigela for the winter?

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

Where should I place my potted Cool Splash during the winter?

Where should I place my potted Cool Splash during the winter?
You have a couple of options!

Can I take a root section of a ninebark and plant it with any hope of success?

I love the flowers of ninebark!

Should I prune my Strawberry Sundae in the late fall or wait until spring?

Should I prune my Strawberry Sundae in the late fall or wait until spring?
Great question!

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!

I planted Autumn Revolution Bittersweet in June, it's healthy, but hasn't produced berries- help!

I planted Autumn Revolution Bittersweet in June, it's healthy, but hasn't produced berries- help!
I wonder if it bloomed earlier this spring.

Could you recommend deer resistant plants?

Could you recommend deer resistant plants?
Deer really know how to ruin a nice garden, don’t they!

How much pruning does Vanilla Strawberry need in the spring?

How much pruning does Vanilla Strawberry need in the spring?
How much pruning depends on how much space you have for it to grow.

Should I prune my newly planted White Diamond?

Should I prune my newly planted White Diamond?
Hydrangeas are kind of tricky when it comes to pruning.

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.

I planted Sky High Juniper too close to a light. Can I prune, or make into topiary?

I planted Sky High Juniper too close to a light. Can I prune, or make into topiary?
Ugh – I hate it when I plant things too close to something!

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.

My weigela is in a mostly sunny spot, but is not doing well. What could be wrong?

My weigela is in a mostly sunny spot, but is not doing well. What could be wrong?
Does it look like there is still potential to save it?

Would hens and chicks be okay if left outside in the winter?

Are they in the ground or in a container?

What shrubs would do best next to walnut trees?

What shrubs would do best next to walnut trees?
That's a good question!

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.

When is the best time to plant Little Devil Shrubs?

When is the best time to plant Little Devil Shrubs?
September is a great month to plant!

Is it safe to transplant potentilla in September?

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

Where is the best spot to cut gardenia flowers?

Where is the best spot to cut gardenia flowers?
Your question reminded me of a gardenia corsage from long ago!

How long does it take for Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea blossoms to turn pink?

I wish there was an easy answer to your question!

Can hibiscus plants be split?

Can hibiscus plants be split?
Dividing, or splitting woody shrubs can be difficult.

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!

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.

The flowers on my Vanilla Strawberry are too heavy for the stems. What do you suggest?

The flowers on my Vanilla Strawberry are too heavy for the stems. What do you suggest?
I’m glad your hydrangea is happily flowering! Now, we need to get it grow sturdy stems.

Is Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea fragrant?

Is Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea fragrant?
What an interesting question!

There are whiteflies all over my tomato and mint plants. Help!

Definitely, be careful with the product you pick.

What perennial can I plant in the fall?

What perennial can I plant in the fall?
Bailey Nurseries has a great online plant library.

Should I be seeing berries on my American Revolution Bittersweet by now?

Did it bloom this spring?

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!

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!

The flowers on my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea are weighing down the branches. Should I be concerned?

It sounds like you have a very happy hydrangea!

I planted several Atomic Red Trumpet Vines 2 ft apart and they're very tall. How should I prepare for winter?

I planted several Atomic Red Trumpet Vines 2 ft apart and they're very tall. How should I prepare for winter?
It sounds like they are planted too close together!

I can't plant my hydrangea outside yet. What do you suggest?

I would find a safe place outdoors, perhaps on a front porch or under a tree, to keep the hydrangea until you can plant it.

Are the fruit on Autumn Revolution edible?

Are the fruit on Autumn Revolution edible?
That depends!

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.

Is the Psychedelic Sky Butterfly Bush a sterile plant or the invasive variety?

Is the Psychedelic Sky Butterfly Bush a sterile plant or the invasive variety?
Some areas of the country have a bigger problem with butterfly bushes reseeding than other areas.

I'm losing a rhododendron. It's in partial shade with southwest exposure. Would a weigela do better in this spot?

I'm losing a rhododendron. It's in partial shade with southwest exposure. Would a weigela do better in this spot?
What a bummer!

Is it normal for red twig dogwoods to sprout a white leaf stem?

Is it normal for red twig dogwoods to sprout a white leaf stem?
It happens from time to time, shrubs will send up a stem with white leaves.

Can I prune ninebark in mid July?

Yes! July is a good time to prune a ninebark.

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!

Does the Tahiti Hibiscus produce seedlings that would need to be pulled up? I'm not looking for extra work!

Does the Tahiti Hibiscus produce seedlings that would need to be pulled up? I'm not looking for extra work!
Tahiti and the others in that collection will produce seedlings.

My front yard has poor dirt and receives sun all afternoon. Could you tell me what plants would do well here?

My front yard has poor dirt and receives sun all afternoon. Could you tell me what plants would do well here?
Great question. I can think of a few plants that would grow well and look great in that area!

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!

I am looking for a dwarf tree that would do well in harsh afternoon sun. Would Amber Jubilee Ninebark do well?

I am looking for a dwarf tree that would do well in harsh afternoon sun. Would Amber Jubilee Ninebark do well?
That is a great suggestion!

How do I get rid of bugs that are eating my hydrangea leaves?

Battling bugs can be such a pain!

Little white spiders with webbing are on several of my plants killing the leaves. How do I get rid of them?

I wonder if they are wooly aphids.

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.

Could too much rain be the cause of yellow and brown leaves on daylilies?

Definitely, it could be too much rain.

Does the Toscana Barberry have thorns?

Does the Toscana Barberry have thorns?
Yes, it does have thorns. However, the foliage is so pretty that it might be worth reconsidering!

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!

LOOKING FOR PERENNIALS THAT LIKE HALF SUN AND HALF SHADE. ANY RECOMMENDATIONS?

Excellent question! I have found there are really quite a few perennials that work well in part shade.

CAN I CUT MY VANILLA STRAWBERRY DOWN FOR A FULLER LOOK WITHOUT PREVENTING FLOWERS?

CAN I CUT MY VANILLA STRAWBERRY DOWN FOR A FULLER LOOK WITHOUT PREVENTING FLOWERS?
Great question! Fortunately, Vanilla Strawberry flowers on new growth, so spring pruning is okay.

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.

All the rain is turning my tomato leaves yellow. What can I do?

It sounds like Mother Nature isn’t cooperating!

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 DIDN’T ROUGH UP THE ROOTS BEFORE PLANTING. SHOULD I DIG UP THE ROOTS AND ROUGH THEM UP, OR LET IT BE?

I’ve done that from time to time! I get so excited about a new plant and I don’t do things the right way.

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!

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 are my Diervilla's new branches dark green rather than the variegated?

Why are my Diervilla's new branches dark green rather than the variegated?
A cool start to spring will sometimes cause the edges of the leaves to be slight green.

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!

My house has no landscaping - help!

My house has no landscaping - help!
No landscaping means lots of opportunity! A five year plan is a great idea.

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!

What can I do to make my clematis Bloom?

Finally, I have one that the rabbits haven’t found and it is growing and flowering!

My Light-O-Day Hydrangea plants aren't blooming this year. What am I doing wrong?

My Light-O-Day Hydrangea plants aren't blooming this year. What am I doing wrong?
You know, I love the variegated foliage so much that I sometimes forget about the flowers!

Is the Sapphire Surf plant a late starter?

Is the Sapphire Surf plant a late starter?
Has your plant not yet leafed out? You may want to first consider your zone.

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.

What flowering plants can I plant in full shade?

What flowering plants can I plant in full shade?
Shady lawns can be wonderful on hot, summer days. However, they can be a bit tricky when it comes to landscaping.

Is the Tahiti Hibiscus Sterile?

Is the Tahiti Hibiscus Sterile?
Tahiti and the group of single petal hibiscus are not sterile.

Can Hydrangeas survive in Sandy soil?

I'm wondering - how are the hydrangeas doing?

WHAT CAN I PLANT IN A ROCKY, SLOPING AREA TO HOLD THE GROUND & KEEP WEEDS AT BAY?

WHAT CAN I PLANT IN A ROCKY, SLOPING AREA TO HOLD THE GROUND & KEEP WEEDS AT BAY?
This sounds like a tough site!

When Will I see buds on my Midnight Magic this Spring?

When Will I see buds on my Midnight Magic this Spring?
Waiting and watching for signs of life in the spring can be so hard! And, it doesn’t help that crape myrtles take their time leafing out.

How deep are the roots of spirea bushes?

How deep are the roots of spirea bushes?
I’m curious, are you planning to dig one up and move it? Or, are you planting one in a container?

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.

Any tips on growing roses?

Any tips on growing roses?
Roses are such beautiful flowers and I’m glad you are trying it out!

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?

Will holly bushes survive in the winter?

Evergreen hollies would probably struggle in those conditions.

My Crape Myrtles looks brown and weak this spring - What can I do?

My Crape Myrtles looks brown and weak this spring - What can I do?
Great question! With crape myrtles, you have to be patient.

Is it okay to move my tulips after they are done blooming?

Absolutely! When you move them, it’s important to still keep the green leaves on (you can cut back the stems).

Why isn't my Autumn Revolution producing orange berries?

I’m really stumped on this one! Bittersweet is usually such an easy plant to grow.

I'm looking for easy care shrubs - what do you suggest?

First Editions has plenty of options for you!

How do I get my Wisteria plant to bloom?

How do I get my Wisteria plant to bloom?
This is a great question! I hate it when a plant doesn’t flower like I think it should.

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 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.

How much should I trim my Lagerstoemias?

How much should I trim my Lagerstoemias?
I usually wait to see new growth in the spring before pruning.

Should I cut back old growth on my red flame hypericum in the spring?

Should I cut back old growth on my red flame hypericum in the spring?
Great question! I usually wait to see new growth in the spring before pruning.

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.

My Plant hasn't started to bloom - did it survive the winter?

You should see leaves or leaf buds real soon. It can be hard waiting after winter to see what plants made it and what plants didn't.

Does the Limoncello Barberry retain its leaves year round?

Does the Limoncello Barberry retain its leaves year round?
Barberries are deciduous shrubs, meaning they will lose their leaves in the winter.

What birds and insects will be attracted to my Atomic Red?

What birds and insects will be attracted to my Atomic Red?
I’m so glad you have planted an Atomic Red Trumpet Vine!

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!

Can I plant an Azalea in a container?

That’s a great question and a little bit tricky to answer! Azaleas would definitely be best in the ground year round.

Why are my neighbors jonquils blooming before mine?

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

How do I landscape the slope in my yard to prevent erosion?

This is such a great landscaping question, and one you can have some fun with!

When do I fertilize my Azaleas?

When do I fertilize my Azaleas?
Great question - It’s best to fertilize azaleas after they flower, before the first of June.

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.

How and When do I prune my Hypericum?

How and When do I prune my Hypericum?
Here's a shout out to Bill in Washington who asked about pruning his Red Star Hypericum.

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!

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.

What kind of fertilizer do I use for my hibiscus?

What kind of fertilizer do I use for my hibiscus?
This is a great question! Usually with flowering shrubs, they need phosphorus. Not hibiscus!

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.

Where is the best place to plant a hydrangea along a house?

Where is the best place to plant a hydrangea along a house?
I absolutely love hydrangeas! And, I really don’t think you can have too many.

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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