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!


I recently planted a Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea, but now it looks droopy. I felt the soil and it still seems damp. What should I do?

I recently planted a Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea, but now it looks droopy. I felt the soil and it still seems damp. What should I do?
Plants often go through an adjustment moving from a garden center to a garden.

I bought a Standing Ovation Serviceberry bush. Is it deer resistant? If this is sprayed will it make it as a hedge?

I bought a Standing Ovation Serviceberry bush. Is it deer resistant? If this is sprayed will it make it as a hedge?
Good question.

My Tiger Eyes Sumac has a young one growing alongside of it that I'd like to move. Do I need to wait until it drops its leaves?

My Tiger Eyes Sumac has a young one growing alongside of it that I'd like to move. Do I need to wait until it drops its leaves?
You should be fine digging up the smaller one and moving it now.

Is there a compact hydrangea growing no more than 4 feet high that would do well in morning shade and afternoon sun?

Is there a compact hydrangea growing no more than 4 feet high that would do well in morning shade and afternoon sun?
Good question!

I purchased several Crème Brûlée Potentillas, but most of the buds and leaves are brown and crispy. Are they dead and require pruning?

I purchased several Crème Brûlée Potentillas, but most of the buds and leaves are brown and crispy. Are they dead and require pruning?
That’s a little bit concerning.

I noticed that some of my sumacs are drying up. One looks like it's dead. Any suggestions?

I noticed that some of my sumacs are drying up. One looks like it's dead. Any suggestions?
Sumacs are one of those plants that thrive on neglect.

When pruning Hawaii Hibiscus, how far back do you cut them?

When pruning Hawaii Hibiscus, how far back do you cut them?
With shrubs, I try to find a place for them in the garden where they have room to grow.

I bought a bunch of butterfly plants and I'm already getting a lot of butterflies in my yard! How do I keep the plants at optimum health?

I bought a bunch of butterfly plants and I'm already getting a lot of butterflies in my yard! How do I keep the plants at optimum health?
Pollinator plants are some of my favorites!

I have a Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea tree that was doing great until a storm hit. Now it looks dead. Any help?

I have a Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea tree that was doing great until a storm hit. Now it looks dead. Any help?
Oh no! I wonder if it got the brunt of the storm.

Why are the leaves on my French Cabaret Blush Hibiscus turning yellow?

Why are the leaves on my French Cabaret Blush Hibiscus turning yellow?
As summer comes to an end, the hibiscus leaves will start turning yellow.

My strawberry hydrangeas are not turning color. Do I need to treat them with a certain fertilizer?

My strawberry hydrangeas are not turning color. Do I need to treat them with a certain fertilizer?
Actually, fertilizer won’t help your flowers turn color.

What conditions does American Revolution bittersweet need in order to grow? Is it less invasive than others?

What conditions does American Revolution bittersweet need in order to grow? Is it less invasive than others?
Good news!

Is the Groovy Grape Butterfly Bush sterile so it won't produce seeds?

Is the Groovy Grape Butterfly Bush sterile so it won't produce seeds?
It's not sterile, however...

I have a French Cabaret Blush Hibiscus and it looks like something is eating the leaves. What can I do?

I have a French Cabaret Blush Hibiscus and it looks like something is eating the leaves. What can I do?
It’s frustrating when insects go after a plant.

My Tickled Pink Hydrangea is drooping. Should I be watering more?

My Tickled Pink Hydrangea is drooping. Should I be watering more?
Good question!

Will Berry White Hydrangea grow well in part-sun/part-shade conditions?

Will Berry White Hydrangea grow well in part-sun/part-shade conditions?
Well, it depends.

I deadheaded my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas but I'm not seeing any new flowers or branching. Did I do the right thing?

I deadheaded my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas but I'm not seeing any new flowers or branching. Did I do the right thing?
By the time mid-to-late August rolls around, most hydrangeas are done growing additional flowers.

What is the difference between Vanilla Strawberry and Berry White Hydrangeas?

What is the difference between Vanilla Strawberry and Berry White Hydrangeas?
Vanilla Strawberry and Berry White Hydrangeas are similar.

What is procedure for pruning Tahiti Hibiscus?

What is procedure for pruning Tahiti Hibiscus?
It depends!

I would love to grow hydrangeas but am concerned with how to treat them in winter.

I would love to grow hydrangeas but am concerned with how to treat them in winter.
Good news - hydrangeas are actually easy to overwinter!

I just purchased two Vanilla Strawberry™ Hydrangeas. Can I leave them in the pots until I am ready to plant in ground in the fall?

I just purchased two Vanilla Strawberry™ Hydrangeas. Can I leave them in the pots until I am ready to plant in ground in the fall?
Absolutely!

Will Amber Jubilee™ Ninebark be safe outdoors all year long and at zero or below with snow?

Will Amber Jubilee™ Ninebark be safe outdoors all year long and at zero or below with snow?
It depends.

How old is my Wisteria I purchased last year?

How old is my Wisteria I purchased last year?
That’s a tough one to answer!

I bought a Tiger Eye Sumac that appeared to be healthy, but when I put it in the ground it started dropping lower leaves. Is that something that should worry me?

I bought a Tiger Eye Sumac that appeared to be healthy, but when I put it in the ground it started dropping lower leaves. Is that something that should worry me?
It probably dropped some leaves due to the stress of switching homes from the nursery to the garden.

I have a rhododendron that is not blooming, what can I do?

I have a rhododendron that is not blooming, what can I do?
A couple of things come to mind.

I planted two Diamond Rouge® Hydrangea last year, how can I improve their health?

I planted two Diamond Rouge® Hydrangea  last year, how can I improve their health?
It doesn’t sound like they are receiving enough sunlight. Moving them to a sunny spot will help them grow larger.

What do I fertilize my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea with, and how often?

What do I fertilize my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea with, and how often?
Look for a fertilizer with a high middle number in the NPK ratio.
Tags: #zone5

Can I keep my Strawberry Sundae hydrangea in the pot until the summer heat cools down? Also, what's the best fertilizer to use on it?

Can I keep my Strawberry Sundae hydrangea in the pot until the summer heat cools down? Also, what's the best fertilizer to use on it?
Yes, it would be best to wait until late summer or early fall to plant your Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea.

Why are my hibiscus leaves turning yellow?

Why are my hibiscus leaves turning yellow?
Yellowing hibiscus leaves probably means they aren't getting enough water.

Why won't my hydrangeas bloom?

Why won't my hydrangeas bloom?
The hydrangeas that flower on new growth should be pruned in early spring. If you prune late spring or early summer, you are probably cutting off the flower buds.
Tags: #zone5

The leaves of my Standing Ovation Serviceberry are turning yellow with spots. What is this and what can I do?

The leaves of my Standing Ovation Serviceberry are turning yellow with spots. What is this and what can I do?
Are you overhead watering your Standing Ovation Serviceberry? If so, that's the reason for the spots.
Tags: #zone5

Is it important to prune your Above and Beyond Roses?

Is it important to prune your Above and Beyond Roses?
Absolutely!

Will Coral Creme Drop and Grape Lollipop Phlox spread?

Will Coral Creme Drop and Grape Lollipop Phlox spread?
Good question!

Are Sweet Cherry Pie and Black Tartarian compatible for pollination?

Are Sweet Cherry Pie and Black Tartarian compatible for pollination?
Great question!

Can I plant a Matador Maple near a paver walkway?

Can I plant a Matador Maple near a paver walkway?
Good question!

Help! The petals on my Above and Beyond keep falling off.

Help! The petals on my Above and Beyond keep falling off.
Could be a couple of things!

Is SUMMER CASCADE WISTERIA toxic to dogs?

Is SUMMER CASCADE WISTERIA toxic to dogs?
Great question!

The leaves on my STANDING OVATION are curling and turning brown. Help!

The leaves on my STANDING OVATION are curling and turning brown. Help!
It could be one of two things and both have to do with watering.

My newly planted LIMONCELLO BARBERRY has brown spots. Help!

My newly planted LIMONCELLO BARBERRY has brown spots. Help!
Oh no!

How far apart should I plant my Sweet Cherry Pie cherry trees?

How far apart should I plant my Sweet Cherry Pie cherry trees?
Good question!

When will my AMBER JUBILEE's bloom?

When will my AMBER JUBILEE's  bloom?
It’s hard to predict when plants will flower.

My hydrangea leaves are curling up and turning brown. Help!

A couple of things come to mind.

Help! Sweet Autumn Clematis and Star of Bethlehem have invaded my yard.

Oh dear! Invasive plants are no fun.

If Kieffer is a European pear, can it cross-pollinate with a Tawara pear?

If Kieffer is a European pear, can it cross-pollinate with a Tawara pear?
Interesting question!

Are Geraniums deer resistant?

Good news!

Do I trim off the dead ends on my Candy Coralberry branches this spring?

Great question!

I would like a privacy tree for my condo's 6 foot high deck. Help!

I would like a privacy tree for my condo's 6 foot high deck. Help!
Sometimes rules and regulations get in the way of a good plant!

Can I plant my hydrangea in a partially shaded bed covered with river stones?

Can I plant my hydrangea in a partially shaded bed covered with river stones?
Not a good idea!

Do I trim back the branches and fertilize my SAPPHIRE SURF this spring?

Do I trim back the branches and fertilize my SAPPHIRE SURF this spring?
It really depends on how it overwintered.

How do I plant so Spring flowers come up first, then summer, then fall, in my flower bed?

Great question!

Do annuals or perennials return every year?

Do annuals or perennials return every year?
That can be confusing!

Can I plant my Standing Ovation in a partly shaded area?

Can I plant my Standing Ovation in a partly shaded area?
Good question!

How do I plant AMBER JUBILEE?

How do I plant AMBER JUBILEE?
Great question!

Do I prune my PUMPKIN HYPERICUM in the spring?

Great question!

I think my WEIGELA is dead. Help!

I think my WEIGELA is dead. Help!
Oh no!

When do I prune my CANDY CORALBERRY?

When do I prune my CANDY CORALBERRY?
Great question!

My Pumpkin Hypericum isn't flowering yet. Help!

My Pumpkin Hypericum isn't flowering yet. Help!
Oh dear! That’s bad news.

What's the difference between the Berry White, Vanilla Strawberry and Strawberry Sundae Hydrangeas?

What's the difference between the Berry White, Vanilla Strawberry and Strawberry Sundae Hydrangeas?
Great question!

What type of perennial can I plant in the shade that's low maintenance and deer resistant?

What type of perennial can I plant in the shade that's low maintenance and deer resistant?
Good question!

Can I grown my Straight Talk in a pot on my patio?

Can I grown my Straight Talk in a pot on my patio?
Great question!

How and when do I prune my RAINBOW SENSATION?

How and when do I prune my RAINBOW SENSATION?
Depends!

How much sun or shade does the diamond rouge hydrangea need?

How much sun or shade does the diamond rouge hydrangea need?
The amount of sun and shade for a hydrangea can be tricky to answer.

When should I prune my RED FAME HYPERICUM?

When should I prune my RED FAME HYPERICUM?
Great question!

Should I prune my Amsonia plants now?

Good question!

Do I need to prune my CREME BRULEE POTENTILLA this spring?

Do I need to prune my CREME BRULEE POTENTILLA this spring?
Depends!

Do I need to trim my weigela back in the spring?

Do I need to trim my weigela back in the spring?
Probably not!

Can I use the SNOW WHITE MOCKORANGE for a September wedding bouquet?

Can I use the SNOW WHITE MOCKORANGE for a September wedding bouquet?
That’s a really good question!

Do I need to cutback my Butterfly Bush before winter?

Do I need to cutback my Butterfly Bush before winter?
That's a really good question!

When should I move and prune my hydrangea?

Great questions!

Can you give me some planting tips for Trumpet Vine in Zone 5?

I’m glad I’m not the only one who goes plant shopping in October!

Do you cut down Coralberry in the fall?

No! Back away from the pruners in the fall.

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!

Do I need to trim my Summer Cascade Wisteria for the winter in Zone 4?

Great question!

Why has my creeping phlox never bloomed?

Why has my creeping phlox never bloomed?
That's interesting!

Can I cut the blooms off of my Vanilla Strawberry tree for a wedding?

Hydrangea flowers are beautiful in wedding arrangements!

Can I cut the brown blooms of my Vanilla Strawberry tree off now or wait until spring?

It's really your choice!

Can you give me some pruning and caring tips for Wisteria?

Can you give me some pruning and caring tips for Wisteria?
Great question!

What soil and fertilizer do I use for the Hawaii Hibiscus?

What soil and fertilizer do I use for the Hawaii Hibiscus?
Great question!

Is Ninebark deer resistant?

Is Ninebark deer resistant?
This is a tricky question!

Are Standing Ovation leaves yellow in the fall?

Are Standing Ovation leaves yellow in the fall?
Great question!

Can I cut off the blooms in my White Diamond hydrangea to make a fall arrangement?

Can I cut off the blooms in my White Diamond hydrangea to make a fall arrangement?
Absolutely!

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!

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.

When is the best time to cut and dry Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas?

When is the best time to cut and dry Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas?
Are you wanting to dry the flowers for arrangement?

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.

Do you think I can successfully transplant Tiger Eye Sumac?

Do you think I can successfully transplant Tiger Eye Sumac?
Some plants are easier to transplant than others.

Is there anything I can do to bulk up my Amber Wave Ninebark?

Is there anything I can do to bulk up my Amber Wave Ninebark?
Absolutely!

It appears bugs are eating my Barberry. What can I do?

It appears bugs are eating my Barberry. What can I do?
Ugh! There are some bugs I don't mind, but it's frustrating when they ruin a pretty leaf or flowers.

Does Vanilla Strawberry need any special care to prepare for winter?

Does Vanilla Strawberry need any special care to prepare for winter?
I have just the video for you!

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.

Does Little Devil come up each year?

Does Little Devil come up each year?
Good news!

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.

How do I keep the white mildew off my phlox?

How do I keep the white mildew off my phlox?
I'm glad you asked!

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.

How do I prune Snowdance after it's bloomed?

How do I prune Snowdance after it's bloomed?
I haven’t thought about pruning lilac trees!

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.

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!

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.

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

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

Is it safe to prune Strawberry Sundae now? It's taller than I'd like it to be.

Is it safe to prune Strawberry Sundae now? It's taller than I'd like it to be.
Mid June isn't the best time to prune.

Where should I plant Shining Sensation?

Where should I plant Shining Sensation?
That's a good question!

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!

Is Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea fragrant or allergenic?

Is Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea fragrant or allergenic?
Only at first!

How large does Technito Arborvitae grow to?

How large does Technito Arborvitae grow to?
Good question!

What kind of fertilizer should I use for Amber Jubilee?

What kind of fertilizer should I use for Amber Jubilee?
I'm so glad you have added this shrub to your garden!

Is ninebark safe to grow near a drain field?

Is ninebark safe to grow near a drain field?
Hmm, interesting question!

Could you recommend a medium-sized shrub that is also deer resistant?

Could you recommend a medium-sized shrub that is also deer resistant?
Unfortunately, when a deer is hungry, it will eat whatever it wants.

I'm looking for foundation plants that can withstand wind, sun, drought and cold winters.

I'm looking for foundation plants that can withstand wind, sun, drought and cold winters.
Boy, that's a lot to handle!

Should I cut back Pumpkin Hypericum every year?

Should I cut back Pumpkin Hypericum every year?
You shouldn't have to.

What plants can I add to my shade garden to fill space and add color?

What plants can I add to my shade garden to fill space and add color?
That sounds like a great plan!

I'm looking for shade trees that can withstand full sun to partial shade.

I'm looking for shade trees that can withstand full sun to partial shade.
You've got a few options for your zone!

How far apart should Snow White Mockorange be planted to create a hedge?

How far apart should Snow White Mockorange be planted to create a hedge?
It kind of depends on how patient you are in letting your living fence fill in!

I'm looking for a large tree. What do you recommend?

I'm looking for a large tree. What do you recommend?
It depends what you would like it for!

Do I need to deadhead campfire rose?

Do I need to deadhead campfire rose?
I'm glad you asked.

My Tiger Eyes Sumac started to show new growth but has now died off. What should I do?

My Tiger Eyes Sumac started to show new growth but has now died off. What should I do?
Interesting!

Where is the best place to plant Snow White Mockorange?

Where is the best place to plant Snow White Mockorange?
Be certain to find a place where you can enjoy the fragrance!

What size container should I use to plant my hibiscus trees?

What size container should I use to plant my hibiscus trees?
There are a few things to consider first.

Could a harsh winter in zone 5 be the reason my Sapphire Surf Bluebeard did not survive?

Could a harsh winter in zone 5 be the reason my Sapphire Surf Bluebeard did not survive?
Unfortunately, it probably was the winter weather...

Is Hawaii Hibiscus a shrub? And if so, are there other colors?

Is Hawaii Hibiscus a shrub? And if so, are there other colors?
Glad you asked!

Can I plant Strawberry Sundae in full sun? What about in a container?

Can I plant Strawberry Sundae in full sun? What about in a container?
Yes, you can!

What slow release fertilizer would you recommend for my amber jubilee ninebark?

What slow release fertilizer would you recommend for my amber jubilee ninebark?
It really doesn’t need much in the way of fertilizing.

How long does it take for Firedance Dogwood to mature?

I love how dogwoods are pretty throughout all the seasons!

Is Sweet Cherry Pie self-polinating?

Is Sweet Cherry Pie self-polinating?
Great question!

I noticed a zone change for Red Star Hypericum. Will this effect my shrub?

I noticed a zone change for Red Star Hypericum. Will this effect my shrub?
I’m glad you asked that question!

Can I plant Technito Arborvitae next to a row of tall aspen trees?

Can I plant Technito Arborvitae next to a row of tall aspen trees?
Fortunately, Technito is an easy to grow plant that does well in sun or part shade.

When should I plant a weigela in zone 5?

When should I plant a weigela in zone 5?
The weather has been a little bit tricky this spring with back and forth between nice days and cold ones!

My Atomic Red isn't showing any signs of life. Are they late starters?

My Atomic Red isn't showing any signs of life. Are they late starters?
I don’t know about your area, but spring has had a hard time coming along in my neighborhood!

Will spirea grow well in acidic soil next to a blue spruce?

Will spirea grow well in acidic soil next to a blue spruce?
The soil should be fine. A bigger concern is root competition.

Would azaleas do well in southern Ontario?

Would azaleas do well in southern Ontario?
Yes!

How do I prune Pumpkin Hypericum?

How do I prune Pumpkin Hypericum?
It's a great time to ask!

What plants do well in Canada?

I'm so glad you asked!

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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