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 purchased and planted four Purple Magic Crepe Myrtles 4 weeks ago. I've since watered and fertilized them regularly, however one of them is now losing its leaves. Is it ok?

I purchased and planted four Purple Magic Crepe Myrtles 4 weeks ago. I've since watered and fertilized them regularly, however one of them is now losing its leaves. Is it ok?

Let's wait and see.


We planted our Spirea (Sundrop) in spring which later flowerer, but now they are losing there leaves. Is this normal or are they dying?

We planted our Spirea (Sundrop) in spring which later flowerer, but now they are losing there leaves. Is this normal or are they dying?

Don’t worry!


How do I order a large moonlight magic in tree form?

How do I order a large moonlight magic in tree form?
This is a great choice to add to your garden!

How far back do you prune a Vanilla Strawberry bush? Should I cut all of the dried flowers before the snow arrives?

How far back do you prune a Vanilla Strawberry bush? Should I cut all of the dried flowers before the snow arrives?
Wait!

Wondering what is the growth rate of the Distylium?

Wondering what is the growth rate of the Distylium?
"How fast will a plant grow?" is always a tricky question.

Are your plants container-raised?

Are your plants container-raised?
Yes, our plants are grown in containers.

I have two Twilight Magic Crapemyrtles, but the leaves all blew off one of them. Will they die? Do they come back in summer?

I have two Twilight Magic Crapemyrtles, but the leaves all blew off one of them. Will they die? Do they come back in summer?
Good news!

I have a diamond rouge hydrangea and need to know when & how to prune for the best flowering in the summer.

I have a diamond rouge hydrangea and need to know when & how to prune for the best flowering in the summer.
Diamond Rouge has such a beautiful name and flowers!

Can I plant Chapel View Japanese Cedar 4 feet apart? How fast does it grow? Is it deer “resistant”?

Can I plant Chapel View Japanese Cedar 4 feet apart? How fast does it grow? Is it deer “resistant”?
All good questions.

Can I train a Berry White Hydrangea to be a tree like the Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangea? If so, how?

Can I train a Berry White Hydrangea to be a tree like the Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangea? If so, how?
More than likely!

I just planted crimson pygmy barberry bush a week ago. It's looking dry and the leaves come off at the touch. Is this normal?

I just planted crimson pygmy barberry bush a week ago. It's looking dry and the leaves come off at the touch. Is this normal?
Unfortunately, that’s not a good sign.

I bought 2 Sweet Star Gardenias. They've been blooming well but are now starting to get yellow leaves. Is that normal?

I bought 2 Sweet Star Gardenias. They've been blooming well but are now starting to get yellow leaves. Is that normal?
Great question!

Our condo needs juniper and other more delicate shrubs to be drastically cut back. When should this be done?

Our condo needs juniper and other more delicate shrubs to be drastically cut back. When should this be done?
Drastic pruning rarely turns out well.

I forgot to water my White Diamond Hydrangea and the leaves all died. Can I revive it?

I forgot to water my White Diamond Hydrangea and the leaves all died. Can I revive it?
Oh, rats! I’ve done that before.

Is Straight Talk Privet rabbit resistant?

Is Straight Talk Privet rabbit resistant?
That’s a really good question.

What is the best way to prune Midnight Magic Crapemyrtle?

What is the best way to prune Midnight Magic Crapemyrtle?
Good question!

I recently purchased a BananAppeal anise tree. I noticed small holes in the leaves and minute insects, and now the edges of the leaves turning brown. What can I do?

I recently purchased a BananAppeal anise tree. I noticed small holes in the leaves and minute insects, and now the edges of the leaves turning brown. What can I do?
Oh no!

How and when should I prune my ninebark in order to encourage that beautiful and open arching shape?

How and when should I prune my ninebark in order to encourage that beautiful and open arching shape?
Some ninebarks have more arching branches than others.

Can Snow White™ Mockorange be planted in Zone 7?

Can Snow White™ Mockorange be planted in Zone 7?
It's worth planting a Mockorange to see what happens.
Tags: #zone7

I'm looking to grow berry bushes in my yard, can you help me?

I'm looking to grow berry bushes in my yard, can you help me?
Oh goodness! I'm not as good with edible plants as I am with ornamental trees and shrubs.
Tags: #zone7

How tall does a Lunar Magic® Crapemyrtle grow?

How tall does a Lunar Magic® Crapemyrtle grow?
Crapemyrtles are a tricky plant when it comes to determining how large they will get.

I recently planted Red Fame Hypericum on raised bed, full sun. Miracle grow applied, watering twice daily. Should berries remain red through early fall?

I recently planted Red Fame Hypericum on raised bed, full sun. Miracle grow applied, watering twice daily. Should berries remain red through early fall?
I had to turn to an expert for this question!

I have a Strawberry Sundae® Hydrangea. When the flowers turn a brownish color should each flower be cut off?

I have a Strawberry Sundae® Hydrangea. When the flowers turn a brownish color should each flower be cut off?
I’ve noticed in my garden that hydrangea flowers turn brown when I forget about watering and the weather turns hot.

Cool Splash® Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle says it's spectacular in shady areas, yet it says plant in full sun?

Cool Splash® Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle says it's spectacular in shady areas, yet it says plant in full sun?
That is confusing!

When, what kind, how often and how much fertilizer should I use on my new Strawberry Sundae® Hydrangea?

When, what kind, how often and how much fertilizer should I use on my new Strawberry Sundae® Hydrangea?
That’s a great question!

I bought a Sunset Magic™ Crapemyrtle shrub, can i plant it now in August?

I bought a Sunset Magic™ Crapemyrtle shrub, can i plant it now in August?
Absolutely! And, the sooner the better.

Does Vanilla Strawberry™ Hydrangea require very cold winter temperatures to produce the popular pink-to-red colors it's supposed to have?

Does Vanilla Strawberry™ Hydrangea require very cold winter temperatures to produce the popular pink-to-red colors it's supposed to have?
You're right!

My Tiger Eyes® Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac shrubs are losing their leaves, any advice?

My Tiger Eyes® Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac shrubs are losing their leaves, any advice?
Sumacs such as Tiger Eyes react to being overwatered by dropping their leaves.

Are small leaf holly bushes deer resistant? Would they make a good boarder hedge? Do they grow relatively quickly?

Are small leaf holly bushes deer resistant? Would they make a good boarder hedge? Do they grow relatively quickly?
Straight & Narrow™ Japanese Holly is type of small leaf holly. Is this what you have in mind?

Can I overwinter a Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangea tree in a large pot outside or will they have to be brought inside?

Can I overwinter a Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangea tree in a large pot outside or will they have to be brought inside?
To be on the safe side, bring your Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea tree inside a garage to overwinter.

I recently planted several Sweet Star® Gardenias and have been searching for the best fertilizer for them.

I recently planted several Sweet Star® Gardenias and have been searching for the best fertilizer for them.
Your Sweet Star® Gardenias need soil with a lower pH.
Tags: #zone7

I just bought a Lunar Magic® Crapemyrtle. What extra care should I do to get them through this extremely hot summer we have had?

I just bought a Lunar Magic® Crapemyrtle. What extra care should I do to get them through this extremely hot summer we have had?
For the first summer in the garden, water deeply to help the roots grow and get settled in. Also mulch to help preserve the moisture.
Tags: #zone7

Is jade dystilium deer resistant?

 Is jade dystilium deer resistant?
Great question. Most of us have experienced a pesky guest from time to time.

Help! The blooms on my Vanilla Strawberry turned brown.

Help! The blooms on my Vanilla Strawberry turned brown.
In past years, I found that when I forgot to water my hydrangeas, the flowers turned brown.

Does my FUNKY FUCHSIA need full sun?

Does my FUNKY FUCHSIA need full sun?
Great question!

Will my crapemyrtle truly be 4-8' wide?

Will my crapemyrtle truly be 4-8' wide?
The mature size of a crapemyrtle all depends on the area where you live.

How often do I fertilize my FIRESIDE and CREME BRULEE?

Good question!

What kind of fertilizer does a phlox need?

What kind of fertilizer does a phlox need?
Great question!

How do I properly care for my Double Mint Gardenia?

How do I properly care for my Double Mint Gardenia?
Gardenias can seem a little tricky to grow.

My MOONLIGHT MAGIC has very few blooms. Help!

My MOONLIGHT MAGIC has very few blooms. Help!
That sounds like too much nitrogen in a fertilizer mix.

Can I grow a Tiger Eyes in a large container on my patio?

Can I grow a Tiger Eyes in a large container on my patio?
Absolutely!

Help! My LINEBACKER DISTLYLIUM has new growth, but part of it is turning brown.

Help! My LINEBACKER DISTLYLIUM has new growth, but part of it is turning brown.
I have a helpful tip for you!

How do I prune my Campfire Rose?

How do I prune my Campfire Rose?
Great question!

Can I prune my gardenia after it finishes blooming?

That’s a scary question!

The leaves on my gardenias are turning yellow and brown. Help!

Good question!

How far apart should I plant Crapemyrtles?

How far apart should I plant Crapemyrtles?
That’s a tough one to answer.

Can I replace a plant that has black root rot with a DISTYLIUM?

Can I replace a plant that has black root rot with a DISTYLIUM?
Great question!

How do I plant COPPERTONE DISTYLIUM?

How do I plant COPPERTONE DISTYLIUM?
Great question!

Should I deadhead the dying blooms on my rose bush?

Should I deadhead the dying blooms on my rose bush?
Good question!

What fertilizer should I use for my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea?

What fertilizer should I use for my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea?
Great question!

What does Balanced NPK mean regarding fertilizing my Bali Hibiscus?

What does Balanced NPK mean regarding fertilizing my Bali Hibiscus?
Great question!

What can I plant in a large shaded area that provides color?

What can I plant in a large shaded area that provides color?
How about some flowering shrubs?

Why are my gardenia leaves yellowing?

Why are my gardenia leaves yellowing?
There could be several reasons for yellowing leaves with a gardenia.

Is there a drought-resistant CRAPEMYRTLE for a slope?

Is there a drought-resistant CRAPEMYRTLE for a slope?
Good question!

What bushes are suitable for wet soil?

What bushes are suitable for wet soil?
Great question!

What plant recommendations do you have for a partially shaded area?

What plant recommendations do you have for a partially shaded area?
Spring bulbs are a great way to start off the gardening season!

Can I plant a Goldspur Chokecherry in Zone 7?

Can I plant a Goldspur Chokecherry in Zone 7?
Goldspur Chokecherry will do best in cooler climates.

Help! My Purple Magic Crapemyrtle looks dormant right now.

Help! My Purple Magic Crapemyrtle looks dormant right now.
Crapemyrtles require a little bit of patience in the spring.

I need to replace a privacy hedge. Which evergreen do you recommend?

I need to replace a privacy hedge. Which evergreen do you recommend?
Junipers are some of the easiest to grow hedges for privacy.

Can I plant in a mix of sandy soil and field dirt next to my gate?

Can I plant in a mix of sandy soil and field dirt next to my gate?
Great question!

Help! After a very wet year, my crimson fire has dried out and lost foliage.

Help! After a very wet year, my crimson fire has dried out and lost foliage.
That’s interesting!

Help! My moonlight Magic doesn't seem to be growing quickly or widening out.

Help! My moonlight Magic doesn't seem to be growing quickly or widening out.
Oh no!

Can you take cuttings and start new plants?

Can you take cuttings and start new plants?
Yes! That’s one of the fun things about gardening.

What is the best soil to use to level my lawn?

This is a great question for your local garden center!

My shipment of plants can't be planted yet. Will they survive?

Good question!

My Opening Day Doublefile Viburnum is dying. Help!

My Opening Day Doublefile Viburnum is dying. Help!
Oh dear!

Which small plants provide color and interest all year-round?

Which small plants provide color and interest all year-round?
Great question!

What is the cold hardiness of Cinnamon Girl Distylium?

What is the cold hardiness of Cinnamon Girl Distylium?
Great question!

When is the best time to successfully transplant Vintage Jade Distylium?

When is the best time to successfully transplant Vintage Jade Distylium?
Great question!

Are my COPPERTONE DISTYLIUM and beautyberry plants supposed to lose their leaves?

Are my COPPERTONE DISTYLIUM and beautyberry plants supposed to lose their leaves?
Oh no! The Coppertone Distylium should definitely have leaves.

Should I trim and shape the arching branches on my Candy Coralberry?

Should I trim and shape the arching branches on my Candy Coralberry?
Great question!

Does the BANANAPPEAL stay only 3-4' wide and tall?

Great question!

I'm looking for a low growing evergreen shrub to plant in small space along the sidewalk.

I'm looking for a low growing evergreen shrub to plant in small space along the sidewalk.
I have a few suggestions for you!

Can you tell me why there are brown leaves and spider webs on my Amber Jubilee?

Can you tell me why there are brown leaves and spider webs on my Amber Jubilee?
It sounds like something is attacking your ninebark. Yikes!

How do I prepare Hawaii Hibiscus for winter?

How do I prepare Hawaii Hibiscus for winter?
What a wonderful gift!

How do you prune Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea at the end of winter?

How do you prune Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea at the end of winter?
Great question!

How do I prune my hydrangea? And can the trimmings be propogated?

How do I prune my hydrangea? And can the trimmings be propogated?
Some plants are easier to propagate than others!

Looking for a sun tolerant shrub for containers that can withstand Texas heat.

Looking for a sun tolerant shrub for containers that can withstand Texas heat.
I love container gardens!

Why are the leaves on my Rose of Sharon so light, but the veins so dark?

Great question!

I’m looking for an evergreen shrub to use as a foundation plant.

I’m looking for an evergreen shrub to use as a foundation plant.
Wonderful!

My Diamond Rouge stems don't seem very sturdy. How can I prepare it for winter?

My Diamond Rouge stems don't seem very sturdy. How can I prepare it for winter?
I've got a couple great videos for you!

Can I make a soap using the flowers from my tree?

That's a great question!

Can you tell me about Purple Magic?

Can you tell me about Purple Magic?
It's a beautiful crapemyrtle!

Are the Magic Series suited for zone 6?

Are the Magic Series suited for zone 6?
Great question!

When and how do you prune Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea?

When and how do you prune Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea?
For the time being, back away from the pruners!

How can I prune Vintage Jade without it looking round?

How can I prune Vintage Jade without it looking round?
Great question!

Where can I purchase hypericum?

Where can I purchase hypericum?
I've got a few options for you!

Is Purple Magic the darkest crapemyrtle? Should I fertilize it?

Isn't Purple Magic beautiful?

What causes lemon tree leaves to curl?

It depends on the color.

How do I get rid of bugs on Midnight Magic?

How do I get rid of bugs on Midnight Magic?
I have a video for you!

The deer ate my hydrangea flowers! Will new stems grow back?

That's so sad!

Why are the leaves on my Hibiscus yellow and wilting?

Why are the leaves on my Hibiscus yellow and wilting?
It's one of those plants that likes water!

There are no flowers on my phlox this year, what gives?

There are no flowers on my phlox this year, what gives?
That's funny! I was wondering the same thing when I walked through my garden this morning and looked at my garden phlox.

I'm looking for a small evergreen for a very small yard.

I'm looking for a small evergreen for a very small yard.
Gardening in small spaces can be a challenge!

The leaves on my newly planted Opening Day Viburnum are brown - help!

The leaves on my newly planted Opening Day Viburnum are brown - help!
I think I know what the problem is.

I would like to make an island of plants at the entrance of my driveway - what should I plant?

I would like to make an island of plants at the entrance of my driveway - what should I plant?
This sounds like a really nice garden to welcome guests!

How far apart should I plant Crimson Fire if I want them close, but not touching?

How far apart should I plant Crimson Fire if I want them close, but not touching?
Generally, I cram plants together because there are so many different plants I want to try, and not waste space!

Can I root a section of my Vintage Jade that broke off?

Can I root a section of my Vintage Jade that broke off?
Some plants are easier than others to get new starts.

Can I grow Sweet Star Gardenia in Long Island?

Can I grow Sweet Star Gardenia in Long Island?
You might check with your local garden center for their recommendation for Long Island.

Why are the leaves on my Vintage Jade paler this year?

Why are the leaves on my Vintage Jade paler this year?
I always think a soil test is a good idea!

Where is the best place to plant Vanilla Strawberry? Does it need afternoon shade?

Where is the best place to plant Vanilla Strawberry? Does it need afternoon shade?
Great question!

I'm looking for dark green hedge plants to go with boxwood and azaleas.

I'm looking for dark green hedge plants to go with boxwood and azaleas.
It sounds like a lovely yard!

Can I plant Amber Jubilee in a container?

Can I plant Amber Jubilee in a container?
I love shrubs in containers and Amber Jubilee is one of my favorites!

Do you have any fragrant plant recommendations for Washington?

Do you have any fragrant plant recommendations for Washington?
This is a great time to start planting!

There's no leaves or signs of life on my Vintage Jade shrubs. Help!

There's no leaves or signs of life on my Vintage Jade shrubs. Help!
Oh dear! I wonder what could have gone wrong.

My camellia is really damaged from a severe winter. Can I cut it back?

Winter damage is no fun!

Any suggestions for decorative plants around my mostly shaded front door?

Any suggestions for decorative plants around my mostly shaded front door?
I can think of a few great options!

My midnight magic is barely showing any sign of life. Is it going to make it?

My midnight magic is barely showing any sign of life. Is it going to make it?
It sounds like your crapemyrtle is going to be fine!

What can I plant in an area that only gets about one hour of sun each day?

What can I plant in an area that only gets about one hour of sun each day?
That's a little bit tricky!

Why isn't my Opening Day Viburnum flowering for the second year in a row?

Why isn't my Opening Day Viburnum flowering for the second year in a row?
Why a plant doesn’t flower is a great question!

When will Red Star start showing signs of spring?

When will Red Star start showing signs of spring?
I expect that to happen very soon!

Should I move my cryptomeria if I'm concerned it doesn't have room to grow?

Should I move my cryptomeria if I'm concerned it doesn't have room to grow?
This is a great time of year to move the tree; the sooner the better!

My gardenia leaves are turning brown, should I trim back?

My gardenia leaves are turning brown, should I trim back?
That’s got to be frustrating!

I'm not sure of my zone, but what is the mature height of a dwarf magnolia?

I'm not sure of my zone, but what is the mature height of a dwarf magnolia?
Charlotte, North Carolina is zone 7b.

Are oakleaf hydrangeas supposed to be pruned? Are they deer resistant?

Great questions!

How do you think BananAppeal Anise would look as a hedge?

How do you think BananAppeal Anise would look as a hedge?
I think it's a great idea!

I'm looking for large flowering and fruit-bearing shrubs.

I'm looking for large flowering and fruit-bearing shrubs.
Definitely plant serviceberries!

How do I care for my Moonlight Magic?

How do I care for my Moonlight Magic?
Moonlight Magic Crapemyrtle is an easy to care for plant in your area.

Will Diamond Rouge be okay in the afternoon sun in zone 7A?

Will Diamond Rouge be okay in the afternoon sun in zone 7A?
Although tough, it will be thirsty!

Are hydrangeas perennials?

Are hydrangeas perennials?
Yes, hydrangeas are perennial shrubs!

When is the best time to prune gardenia bushes?

When is the best time to prune gardenia bushes?
The best time to prune is right after they flower.

How do I deadhead hydrangeas?

How do I deadhead hydrangeas?
Hydrangeas are beautiful in the winter!

When should I cut back my gardenias?

When should I cut back my gardenias?
The best time to prune is right after they flower.

What are the best conditions for Ninebark? Is it deer resistant?

What are the best conditions for Ninebark? Is it deer resistant?
Ninebark is a tough plant and can handle hot days.

Could you recommend deer resistant plants? Are holly bushes deer resistant?

Recommending deer resistant plants is tough. It seems to depend on how hungry the deer are!

When should I cut back my hibiscus?

When should I cut back my hibiscus?
I love the huge flowers of hibiscus!

My Strawberry Sundae never bloomed after I planted it. Now it has spots on the leaves. What should I do?

My Strawberry Sundae never bloomed after I planted it. Now it has spots on the leaves. What should I do?
I wonder if the flower buds got trimmed off and that’s why it never flowered.

Do you recommend fertilizing Vintage Jade for the fall?

Do you recommend fertilizing Vintage Jade for the fall?
You really don’t want to encourage new growth this time of year.

What could be the cause of one gardenia dropping yellow leaves, while the other is just fine?

What could be the cause of one gardenia dropping yellow leaves, while the other is just fine?
I hate it when this happens!

Looking for landscaping help in the front of my house. Must be deer resistant.

Looking for landscaping help in the front of my house. Must be deer resistant.
Deer really know how to ruin a nice garden, don’t they!

I have a sunny spot next to herbs- what would do well there?

I have a sunny spot next to herbs- what would do well there?
There are lots of options! Do I have to pick just one?

My Blue Puffball Vitex hasn't grown or flowered since planting. What could be wrong?

My Blue Puffball Vitex hasn't grown or flowered since planting. What could be wrong?
Frustrating! I’ve had that happen with shrubs, too.

I want to use Vintage Jade Dystilium along foundation as a hedge. How should I space them?

I want to use Vintage Jade Dystilium along foundation as a hedge. How should I space them?
That will look very nice!

Does Midnight Magic have exfoliating bark?

Does Midnight Magic have exfoliating bark?
Yes, it does have exfoliating bark!

I'm overwhelmed! Looking for deer resistant plants & trees for partial shade.

I'm overwhelmed! Looking for deer resistant plants & trees for partial shade.
In your area, fall is a wonderful time to plant.

Can you tell me about Amber Jubilee- when it flowers and when is best to prune?

Can you tell me about Amber Jubilee- when it flowers and when is best to prune?
Absolutely! Great questions.

Would Chapel View Cryptomeria do okay with some shade?

Would Chapel View Cryptomeria do okay with some shade?
Such a great plant to have in your yard!

When is the best time to plant creeping phlox?

When is the best time to plant creeping phlox?
Creeping phlox is a tough plant!

My ninebark doesn't have much direct sunilght and the leaves are wilting with dark spots. What should I do?

My ninebark doesn't have much direct sunilght and the leaves are wilting with dark spots. What should I do?
It sounds like your ninebark needs to be moved to a different spot.

My outside potted gardenia never blooms. Help!

I hope we can figure out what the problem is!

Does Midnight Magic Crapemyrtle have a deep root that would destroy foundation?

Does Midnight Magic Crapemyrtle have a deep root that would destroy foundation?
This shrub is smaller and compact.

When is the best time to plant a crapemyrtle?

When is the best time to plant a crapemyrtle?
Good question! It varies between locations.

Is a butterfly bush deciduous?

Is a butterfly bush deciduous?
Yes, butterfly bushes are deciduous.

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.

Should I prune off the dead flowers on my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea?

Should I prune off the dead flowers on my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea?
It's frustrating when a new plant doesn't look the way we want it to.

How do I get rid of small black spots on my Limoncello Barberry?

How do I get rid of small black spots on my Limoncello Barberry?
There are a couple reasons why this could be happening, but good news, I have solutions!

My Moonlight Magic has green spots on the leaves and they are dropping rapidly. What can I do?

My Moonlight Magic has green spots on the leaves and they are dropping rapidly. What can I do?
Did it recently get hot and dry where you live?

Are dahlias perennials?

Actually, dahlias are tuberous perennials.

Can I prune Purple Magic Crapemyrtle into a tree?

Can I prune Purple Magic Crapemyrtle into a tree?
Your success will depend on the winters and how much dieback they experience.

Do crapemyrtle's lose their leaves in the winter?

Do crapemyrtle's lose their leaves in the winter?
Yes, but surprisingly, it’s a really good shrub for the winter landscape!

Do barberries lose their leaves in the fall and winter?

Do barberries lose their leaves in the fall and winter?
Yes, but they take their time dropping the leaves.

I want to keep my First Edition Purple Magic Crapemyrtle as small as possible- how can I achieve this?

I want to keep my First Edition Purple Magic Crapemyrtle as small as possible- how can I achieve this?
Great question! The mature size of a crapemyrtle can depend on how cold or warm the winter temperatures are, and the early spring weather.

Is the hardy hibiscus related to hollyhocks?

You have a good eye! They do have much in common and both are in the Malvaceae (mallow) family.

Why does the hypericum stem decay?

Stem decay can happen when the soil is just too wet, waterlogged, or there is poor air circulation.

What is the reason the hypericum plants leaves become black?

The black leaves are probably caused by a fungus – too much water and poor air circulation.

Do you know how to get rid of white substance on crapemyrtle leaves?

It’s probably calcium deposits on the foliage. If so, it isn’t a problem to worry about!

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.

How can I keep Rabbits and Deer from eating my vegetable garden?

Have you tried rabbit fencing? It really does work.

Do fig trees need a lot of sun?

Figs have beautiful leaves, don't they?

Are any hydrangea deer resistant?

Unfortunately, deer really like hydrangeas.

My Yard is being ruined by Chipmunks. How do I get rid of them?

Oh, chipmunks are such destructive little creatures!

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!

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?

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!

Can I plant Shining Sensation in a container?

Can I plant Shining Sensation in a container?
I love container gardening! It’s fun to try different plants in containers, especially ones that attract hummingbirds.

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!

What can I plant for a replacement hedge?

What can I plant for a replacement hedge?
For your replacement hedge, are you wanting something evergreen or a mix of shrubs? And, how tall do you want it be when it is mature? Also, sun or shade?

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.

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.

What plants stay green all winter in a cold climate?

What plants stay green all winter in a cold climate?
A bit of green and hope that spring is coming helps me get through winter!

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.

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!

What are low growing companion plants for Cinnamon Girl?

You have lots of options for shady ground covers!

Are there plants that will attract bees, but not wasps?

This is a great question. Bees are pollinators and are much more interested in plant pollen than in people. Wasps, on the other hand, are predators and can be aggressive.

How do I shape my Vintage Jade?

How do I shape my Vintage Jade?
Thanks for your question, Judy! I’m envious that you live in an area where you can plant distylium!

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.

How and when do I plant Pampas Grass?

Great question! Some ornamental grasses are a bit particular.

How do I remove invasive plants?

Getting rid of unwanted plants can definitely be a challenge. You might start with your local extension office for plant identification and some options for handling.

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!

How can I help my gardenia thrive?

How can I help my gardenia thrive?
A few things to think about if your plant isn't thriving.

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.

Is Sweet Tea Gardenia deer resistant?

Is Sweet Tea Gardenia deer resistant?
In general, gardenias are deer resistant.

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.

Which plants pair well with Cinnamon Girl Distylium?

Which plants pair well with Cinnamon Girl Distylium?
You are so lucky to live in a part of the country where it is a warmer zone and Cinnamon Girl Distylium thrives.

I want to add color to my yard, what do you recommend?

I want to add color to my yard, what do you recommend?
Thanks for your question, Alice! I think adding a pop of color to your landscape bed is a great idea.

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.

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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