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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!


After 8 months of planting 3 vanilla strawberry hydrangeas I wonder if you have suggestions on how to save them? They all are doing poorly.

After 8 months of planting 3 vanilla strawberry hydrangeas I wonder if you have suggestions on how to save them? They all are doing poorly.
I’m sorry they are struggling.

Do you have Chapel View Japanese Cedars? If so what size and what is the price?

Do you have Chapel View Japanese Cedars? If so what size and what is the price?
We do!

How and when should I prune my Vintage Jade Distylium?

How and when should I prune my Vintage Jade Distylium?
Vintage Jade Distylium flowers in late winter.

What are the temperature limits for hollyhocks and hardy hibiscus?

What are the temperature limits for hollyhocks and hardy hibiscus?
Hardy hibiscus do well in zone 4-9 gardens!

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 planted Strawberry Sundae Hydrangeas this spring, but they are white, not pink. Is this normal?

I planted Strawberry Sundae Hydrangeas this spring, but they are white, not pink. Is this normal?
I’m so glad your Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea is off to a good start and flowering!

Which colorful plants do well in full sun for Zone 9?

Which colorful plants do well in full sun for Zone 9?
You live in a great part of the country for colorful gardens!

Why are the blooms on my crapemyrtle pink instead of purple?

Why are the blooms on my crapemyrtle pink instead of purple?
Interesting!

Help! The trunk and branches of my crapemyrtle are black.

Help! The trunk and branches of my crapemyrtle are black.
Oh no!

The tips of my gardenia buds are turning yellow. Help!

The tips of my gardenia buds are turning yellow. Help!
Oh goodness! I hope we can figure out what is wrong with your gardenia.

Can I plant azaleas in Zone 9?

Can I plant azaleas in Zone 9?
Good question!

Can I plant my Double Mint Gardenia in a large pot instead of the ground?

Can I plant my Double Mint Gardenia in a large pot instead of the ground?
Great question!

Does the Delta Blues Vitex lose its leaves in the winter in Zone 9?

Good question!

Is it too late to plant my bare root perennials in Zone 9?

Is it too late to plant my bare root perennials in Zone 9?
Great question!

Why are the buds on my jasmine turning brown before they bloom?

Flower buds turning brown and dropping off can be a sign of too much water or not enough.

Why are there brown spots on my Delta Blues CHASTETREE?

Why are there brown spots on my Delta Blues CHASTETREE?
It depends!

My Coral Magic Crapemyrtle is wilting and I don't know why.

My Coral Magic Crapemyrtle is wilting and I don't know why.
Hmmm. It’s probably too much water or not enough water.

Should I trim back my orange tree at the same time I'm transplanting it?

I think it’s time to call in an expert!

How do I successfully plant an avocado and mango tree?

We have great information on our site!

I'm looking for low growing plants that can handle full afternoon sun.

You have many options!

What plants or shrubs would do well in shade in my area?

What plants or shrubs would do well in shade in my area?
In zone 9 and 10, you have many options!

Can I plant Vanilla Strawberry in zone 9?

Can I plant Vanilla Strawberry in zone 9?
Are you an adventurous gardener?

Are there any evergreens you recommend for Southern California?

Are there any evergreens you recommend for Southern California?
Junipers and cedars are good choices for your area.

Will gardenias flower all year long if watered and fertilized?

Will gardenias flower all year long if watered and fertilized?
I'm glad you asked!

Is Sweet Tea Gardenia grafted to a hardy root stock?

Is Sweet Tea Gardenia grafted to a hardy root stock?
We have good news for you!

I want to create a low maintenance garden- what succulents would do well in zone 9?

There are quite a few low growing ones that will do well.

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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