Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Whack it back!

This has been an outrageous growing season, with lots of rain and warm temperatures. Some plants just get carried away! So I say whack it back! Late-blooming plants need a shearing or they will topple over before they get their mojo going (full bloom).

I recommend cutting back at least a third of the vegetative growth for the following specimens:
  • garden phlox
  • Russian sage
  • sedum Autumn Joy
  • perennial sunflowers
  • asters
  • spireas- which promotes new red growth tips on Magic Carpet, Double Play or Gold Flame
  • flowering shrubs that have already bloomed

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