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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!


My weigela plants are not spreading, and have little white spots on them. What can I do?

My weigela plants are not spreading, and have little white spots on them. What can I do?
With shrubs, it seems to take a year or two to get them established before they really put on growth.

Would magnolia trees do well in zone 9A?

Would magnolia trees do well in zone 9A?
Although there are some magnolias that really like the heat, most all need water and good dirt.

Any suggestions for trees to plant in a container in San Diego? I need help!

Any suggestions for trees to plant in a container in San Diego? I need help!
I'm glad you aren't giving up!

The California sun has killed our yard. What can we do?

The California sun has killed our yard. What can we do?
That sounds brutal!

Any suggestions for perennials ideal for hanging baskets that can also stand the intense Florida heat?

This is a question best answered by a pro!

Could you recommend a mophead hydrangea that would do well in Central Florida?

Could you recommend a mophead hydrangea that would do well in Central Florida?
I’m so glad you are thinking about adding mophead hydrangeas to your garden!

What type of shrub and ground cover would you recommend for a full sun bed?

What type of shrub and ground cover would you recommend for a full sun bed?
There are a few options I can think of!

DOES THE FRINGE FLOWER GROW FASTER THAN BOXWOODS? WOULD THEY COVER THEM UP?

DOES THE FRINGE FLOWER GROW FASTER THAN BOXWOODS? WOULD THEY COVER THEM UP?
That’s a good question. Boxwoods are slow growing and will eventually reach 3-4’.

MY GARDENIA LEAVES TURN YELLOW AND THE BUDS TURN BROWN BEFORE FALLING OFF. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?

MY GARDENIA LEAVES TURN YELLOW AND THE BUDS TURN BROWN BEFORE FALLING OFF. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?
Great question! It depends on which part of the plant you are watering.

Can I grow hydrangeas indoors?

It can be done but will need just the right conditions!

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.

What do you suggest for a low-maintenance patio border?

What do you suggest for a low-maintenance patio border?
First Editions has lots of options for you!

What can I put at the bottom of my large containers instead of soil?

This is a great question!

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?

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 care and pair plants with my orange hibiscus?

I think I've got just what you're looking for...

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.

Can Weigela grow in my zone?

Can Weigela grow in my zone?
Weigela is a great plant, and thrives in zones 4-8.

Why isn't my healthy plant flowering?

If your healthy plant isn't producing the blooms it's supposed to, there are a couple potential culprits.

How do I prune my thyrallis?

I love sunny, yellow flowers!

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!

What are some full sun ground covers?

Looking for full sun and low maintenance ground covers? Look no further!

Can hydrangeas survive in zone 10?

Can hydrangeas survive in zone 10?
Great question! If you are on the edge of zone 9, you can probably grow hydrangeas.

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 do I grow blueberries in containers?

Blueberries fresh from the garden sounds delicious!

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.

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.

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