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've been battling aphids for awhile now. What can I do?

So frustrating!

My distylium has dried, crunchy leaves even though they receive plenty of water and shade - help!

My distylium has dried, crunchy leaves even though they receive plenty of water and shade - help!
The weather has been a challenge for my garden too!

When is the best time to transplant my Delta Blues?

When is the best time to transplant my Delta Blues?
I think you should wait a little bit.

My Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea has bloomed white in color but hasn't turned pink. What can I do?

My Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea has bloomed white in color but hasn't turned pink. What can I do?
Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea’s flowers open up green-white.

I just planted Tiger Eyes, and it looks like its dying even after fertilizing and watering- help!

I just planted Tiger Eyes, and it looks like its dying even after fertilizing and watering- help!
This is really interesting...

There's a white coating on the leaves of my Moonlight Magic. Any ideas what it might be?

There's a white coating on the leaves of my Moonlight Magic. Any ideas what it might be?
That's a good question.

Are Plum Magic Crapemyrtles deer resistant?

Are Plum Magic Crapemyrtles deer resistant?
That’s a tough one to answer. When deer are hungry enough, they will eat most anything!

What is the yearly growth for Vintage Jade?

What is the yearly growth for Vintage Jade?
Good question and a great addition to your garden!

Looking for low maintenance, full sun flowering plants for zone 8.

Looking for low maintenance, full sun flowering plants for zone 8.
You have many options to choose from!

Can gardenia bushes be trimmed this time of year?

Can gardenia bushes be trimmed this time of year?
Actually, it’s best to wait until after they flower in the summer since they put on new flower buds in the fall.

Is Moonlight Magic deer resistant?

Is Moonlight Magic deer resistant?
Well, it depends on how hungry the deer are!

The leaves on my Strawberry Sundae are quite yellow. Should I fertilize?

The leaves on my Strawberry Sundae are quite yellow. Should I fertilize?
I’ve been watching my hydrangeas and am so excited to see leaves coming on!

What specifics do I need to follow when planting a gardenia?

What specifics do I need to follow when planting a gardenia?
Great question!

What is the rate of growth for Snowdance Japanese Tree Lilac?

What is the rate of growth for Snowdance Japanese Tree Lilac?
I'm glad you asked!

Does the foliage on Shining Sensation remain a wine color throughout the winter?

Does the foliage on Shining Sensation remain a wine color throughout the winter?
Isn't the foliage beautiful?

Is there anything else I should be doing for Texas Mountain Laurel besides watering a few times a week?

Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora) is new to me, but it looks like a beautiful plant!

How much space should I leave between Cinnamon Girl Distylium?

It depends on how you are going to use them in your garden.

I thought I ordered young plants, but they turned out to be bare roots. Help!

I thought I ordered young plants, but they turned out to be bare roots. Help!
Expecting one thing and getting another is no fun!

The leaves on my gardenia are turning brown. Should I fertilize?

The leaves on my gardenia are turning brown. Should I fertilize?
Before fertilizing, let’s figure out what’s causing the problem.

Looking to replace older plants with white hibiscus shrubs. Which varieties would bloom best in my zone?

Looking to replace older plants with white hibiscus shrubs. Which varieties would bloom best in my zone?
Changing out a landscape can be hard work but a fresh approach is always worthwhile!

Do azaleas come in purple?

Do azaleas come in purple?
Our Evermore azaleas come in pink, red and orange.

Are azaleas deer resistant?

Are azaleas deer resistant?
Unfortunately, azaleas aren’t on the deer resistant list.

Are hydrangeas best grown in containers or in the lawn for zone 8?

Are hydrangeas best grown in containers or in the lawn for zone 8?
The nice thing about growing hydrangeas in containers is that you can move them about to find the right spot!

How much can I expect Crimson Fire to grow during the season?

How much can I expect Crimson Fire to grow during the season?
It’s hard to answer that question!

Any hope for my newly planted Crimson Fire after a cold winter in the south?

Any hope for my newly planted Crimson Fire after a cold winter in the south?
North Carolina has had an unusually hard winter this year!

Is Coppertone Distylium deer resistant?

Is Coppertone Distylium deer resistant?
The problem with recommending deer resistant plants is that a deer will eat anything if it is hungry enough!

Can you help me create a low maintenance, deer resistant Asian yard, without fall clean-up required?

Can you help me create a low maintenance, deer resistant Asian yard, without fall clean-up required?
It seems with any garden there is maintenance, and cleaning up leaves in the fall is just one of the chores.

Looking to start an oriental garden. How do I get started?

Looking to start an oriental garden. How do I get started?
Gardening is always a work in progress whether starting from scratch or with an existing garden and trying new plants and making changes.

Could you recommend some annual and perennial deer resistant plants?

Trying to figure out deer resistant plants can be so difficult!

What varieties are deer proof?

Well, nothing is absolutely deer proof.

My outside potted gardenia never blooms. Help!

I hope we can figure out what the problem is!

Are your plants butterfly and honey bee safe?

You should see our display garden at the nursery in Minnesota. The garden is full of pollinators as are our container farms!

Looking for a Deer Resistant shrub in Zone 8 for partial shade. Please help!

Looking for  a Deer Resistant shrub in Zone 8 for partial shade. Please help!
Thanks for the reminder – I’m supposed to be coming up with a list for a friend in Tennessee!

Can I grow Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea in a container?

You definitely can!

What shrubs would do best in full sun with wet soil?

What shrubs would do best in full sun with wet soil?
Great landscaping question!

Is a butterfly bush deciduous?

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

Are the dimensions for Crimson Fire after pruning, or the typical dimensions of a mature plant without pruning?

Are the dimensions for Crimson Fire after pruning, or the typical dimensions of a mature plant without pruning?
The sizes we list are for the mature height and width without pruning.

What flowering shrubs would do well in full sun?

What flowering shrubs would do well in full sun?
Are you looking for large or medium sized flowering shrubs?

It has been very hot and my Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea receives a lot of sun, resulting in brown leaves. Should I move it to the shade?

It has been very hot and my Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea receives a lot of sun, resulting in brown leaves. Should I move it to the shade?
You are right, it probably is too much sun and heat and that’s why the flowers are turning brown.

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?

One Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea is thriving, while the other is droopy and shriveled. What could the problem be?

One Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea is thriving, while the other is droopy and shriveled. What could the problem be?
It’s always strange when one plant does well and another struggles. Especially, when the conditions seem to be the same.

Should I fertilize my newly planted Delta Blues now or wait until spring?

Should I fertilize my newly planted Delta Blues now or wait until spring?
Once we get into hot, summer weather, it’s best not to fertilize.

When would be the best time to plant the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea?

When would be the best time to plant the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea?
Now is a great time! Get it in the ground and enjoy the flowers this summer.

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.

HOW CAN I GET RID OF DANDELIONS WITHOUT USING WEED KILLER?

Aside from digging them up? My experience with trying to kill dandelions with weed killers hasn’t been that great.

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

Have you tried rabbit fencing? It really does work.

Will my phlox bloom during the summer in my hot and humid climate?

Will my phlox bloom during the summer in my hot and humid climate?
I wasn’t certain of the answer so I did some research.

Can you help me prune my healthy growing shrubs to keep them neat and small?

I try to keep pruning at a minimum by planting the right size shrub in the right size place.

Looking for flowering perennials that won't grow more than 2'-3' feet tall. Any recommendations?

You have quite a few plants you can try in your space.

Are there any Hydrangeas that can take full sun?

This is a great question! Sun and shade symbols can be confusing.

What tips do you have for replacing the listeria tree in front of my house?

Japanese Maples are so pretty and will be a great addition to your garden!

How do I maintain the large blooms on my Funky Fuchsia Buddleia?

How do I maintain the large blooms on my Funky Fuchsia Buddleia?
I’m glad you like Funky Fuchsia butterfly bush! Aren't the flowers incredible?

Can you tell me more about the Standing Ovation Serviceberry?

Can you tell me more about the Standing Ovation Serviceberry?
You are off to a good start on your landscape with Standing Ovation Serviceberry!

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 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.

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 care for my plants in a hot climate?

How do I care for my plants in a hot climate?
Don’t be dismayed! We have some plants for you to try and suggestions on how to get them off to a great start and keep them alive.

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 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!

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 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.

How do I winterize my plants in the Fall?

I'm glad you asked because this is something many people forget to do. If you live in an area with freezing temperatures, certain varieties should be covered and protected from the cold winter.

How do I prune my Hydrangea (Paniculata)?

Such a bummer to hear your hydrangea isn't blooming like you hoped. Lucky for you, we've created a video to give you the care advice you need to get those blooms back.

Will the New Diamond Rouge Hydrangea Thrive in my area?

Will the New Diamond Rouge Hydrangea Thrive in my area?
Thank you Karen, for your question about the Diamond Rouge Hydrangea.

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