Q: I received a new Limelight hydrangea. How should I plant it, in sun or shade?

A: Limelight hydrangeas prefer morning sun and afternoon shade, but they are tough shrubs and will survive in less than perfect growing conditions.

Q: Is yarrow an annual or perennial? Does it grow in sun or shade? I bought the plant at a yard sale and I forgot to ask any questions.

A: Yarrow, which is often called milfoil in this area, is a sun loving plant tough little plant that is a perennial and also reseeds itself. The plant grows best in soil that drains well. Unless soil is totally depleted, do not fertilize because yarrow grows best in soil that is not too rich.

Q: I’ve just moved into a new home and I have space for houseplants that I have never had before. I work long hours so I do not have time for outside gardening, but I would like to decorate my home with live plants. Do you have any suggestions for good house plants that do not require a lot of attention?

A: For a smaller plant, a bromeliad is a beautiful houseplant that does not require a great deal of care. Dieffenbachia and dracaena are other good beautiful houseplants that require little attention. For a taller houseplant, a ficus (weeping fig tree) is a good plant that does not require a great deal of light. A palm tree is another taller plant. Jade is a good succulent plant that requires very little water, likes bright light, and will require very little attention. Philodendron is a good vining plant. Ferns are always good house plants. Why not go to a garden center and ask to see these plants and choose the ones you like. Read and follow the growing instructions attached to each plant.

Carol (Bonnie) Link is an Etowah County Master Gardener and an experienced garden writer. Her weekly column is designed to help and encourage others in their gardening endeavors. Send questions or comments to clink43@bellsouth.net.