Perennial plants are a staple in every garden due to the fact that they don’t require to be re-planted year after year. While perennials do require the least amount of work each spring, you still need to maintain them throughout the summer so they can continue to grow. Show your perennial plants some love this summer by…
A wide variety of flowers bloom in the spring and some will begin to look dead as the summer begins. In order to continue their growth, these dead flowers and stems will need to be cut off — a process known as deadheading. Cutting off these dead flowers will allow the plant to focus its energy on growing new flowers, roots, and setting new seed for future seasons.
Plants will sometimes produce soft shoots that need to be removed. Using your hand, pinch off this soft shoot only at the tip (or further down depending on how soft the shoot is). Once removed, new shoots will begin to grow below the pinched shoot. This piece of garden maintenance will cause your plants to become bigger, bushier, and more beautiful than ever!
Cutting Back Completely
For the spring perennials in your garden, many will benefit from being decapitated completely. Shocking, we know! When you cut off the flower of of a spring perennial completely, you’ll help it live longer for the coming years. This hard cut is similar to pruning in the fall, a sharp and angled cut at the stem.
Perennial plants should be included in all gardens due to the minimal maintenance they need year round.
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