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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!


Are perennial hibiscus deer resistant?

Are perennial hibiscus deer resistant?
That’s a really good question!

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!

What plants are deer resistant?

What plants are deer resistant?
Well, nothing is absolutely deer proof.

How do you prune and train bittersweet for the best results?

How do you prune and train bittersweet for the best results?
I'm glad to hear you are looking out for your bittersweet!

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

It is probably just pouting!

When is the best time to transplant a dwarf crapemyrtle?

When is the best time to transplant a dwarf crapemyrtle?
It would be best to transplant them in the spring.

What would be the best tree to plant in zone 6?

What would be the best tree to plant in zone 6?
Thanks for the question. I can think of a few trees that have pretty fall colors.

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.

I fertilized and watered my hydrangea diligently, but it's wilting. What do you suggest?

I fertilized and watered my hydrangea diligently, but it's wilting. What do you suggest?
Good question and I hope we get it figured out in time!

What can I plant among my lilies to keep the feet cool?

Great question! I’m new to growing lilies and wondered the same thing.

Are dahlias perennials?

Actually, dahlias are tuberous perennials.

My Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea has bloomed white in color and has yet to turn pink. What can I do?

My Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea has bloomed white in color and has yet to turn pink. What can I do?
Give it a little bit of time for the magical transformation to take place.

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.

Will Amber Jubilee become more dense and full if I prune the tops?

Will Amber Jubilee become more dense and full if I prune the tops?
You can definitely bulk up a plant by pruning it.

Can I prune ninebark in mid July?

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

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

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

How can I prepare my Moonlight Magic for winter?

How can I prepare my Moonlight Magic for winter?
There are some things you can do but much of it depends on the winter.

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.

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!

Does the Hibiscus Hawaii set seed, or is it one of the seedless Rose of Sharon?

Does the Hibiscus Hawaii set seed, or is it one of the seedless Rose of Sharon?
Hawaii is not a sterile variety. It will set seed, as will the other ones in that collection.

My Snow White Fantasy bloomed a couple weeks ago but now the petals are falling off. Should I prune it?

My Snow White Fantasy bloomed a couple weeks ago but now the petals are falling off. Should I prune it?
Mockorange flowers in the spring and then again in the summer!

My Gardenia buds drop off before opening. Is this normal?

My Gardenia buds drop off before opening. Is this normal?
Gardenias are really intended for zones 7-9.

Do weigelas require a lot of water when in direct sunlight?

Anything newly planted will get wilty when the summer sun comes on and the temperatures rise.

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

Definitely, it could be too much rain.

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

It sounds like Mother Nature isn’t cooperating!

ARE CHAPEL VIEW JAPANESE CEDARS AND DISTYLIUMS DEER RESISTANT?

ARE CHAPEL VIEW JAPANESE CEDARS AND DISTYLIUMS DEER RESISTANT?
Great questions! And, good news.

I AM LOOKING FOR A YELLOW-FLOWERED PERENNIAL, BUT DON’T KNOW THE NAME. HOW COULD I FIND OUT?

Great question! There are a few perennials that it could be.

How do I trim my azalea bushes?

How do I trim my azalea bushes?
One of the great things about azaleas, is they need very little pruning.

Why do my shade perennials only come back one season?

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

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

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

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

Do you know what caused the dead spot?

Any suggestions for a small tree to plant?

Any suggestions for a small tree to plant?
I have a couple of thoughts on trees that range from 10-12 feet.

Can Hydrangeas survive in Sandy soil?

I'm wondering - how are the hydrangeas doing?

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

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

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!

My Arborvitae Emerald Green is turning white - Any help?

That doesn’t sound good! Is this a new plant or one that has been in the ground for a while?

I'm looking for a plant to create a privacy fence. What do you recommend?

Using shrubs as a privacy fence is such a fun idea!

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?

How do you trim a Weigela Shrub?

How do you trim a Weigela Shrub?
Weigela is such a pretty plant! And, fortunately, if you make a mistake pruning, it’s forgiving and will grow right back and fill in again.

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?

Can I plant my Gardenia in a container?

I’m really glad that you asked this question. I receive quite a few questions about gardenias from all across the country.

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!

I HAVE A HILL COVERED IN JUNIPER AND WANT TO RE-LANDSCAPE WITH LOW MAINTENANCE SHRUBBERY. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?

Sounds like you have quite the project on your hands!

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.

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!

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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