Category Archives : Pruning


Cut Back Blue Coreopsis in Early Spring! #gardeningtips

It’s early Spring in the mid-Atlantic area of the U.S.A. and it’s a perfect time to prune our Blue Coreopsis shrub! Why? Blue Coreopsis blooms gorgeous blue flowers in Autumn, so pruning now avoids damaging flower buds and gives the shrub a boost. It is not necessary to fertilize Blue Coreopsis, but we do spread […]

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How to #Grow & Care for #Butterfly Bush! #gardeningtips

Buddleja, buddleia, butterfly bush. #flora #natura #nature #naturaleza #flores #flowers #bridge #buddleja #buddleia #butterflybush #green #botanic #botanica A post shared by Siu (@siuspot) on Mar 24, 2017 at 8:06am PDT This Summer, we plan to get close-up photos of our Butterfly Bush flowers … Until then, we are showcasing other gardeners’ pics! Happy first day […]


4 Benefits of #ContainerGardening! #garden

What is Container Gardening? Container Gardening is growing your favorite plants in a container. Containers come in various sizes so you can grow flowers, perennials, and even small shrubs in a container. If you have plants that multiply quickly, such as Bearded Irises, you can plant the extras in a container. There are many benefits […]

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Peach Tropical Canna! beginner gardener how to garden

#Pruning #Tropical #Cannas! #prune #flowers

        Tropical Cannas bloom large flowers throughout the Summer. The best way to encourage consistent blooms is to prune or deadhead just after the blooms fades. Tropical Cannas also like water and fertilizer such as Espoma FT4 4-Pound Flower-tone 3-4-5 blossom booster Plant Food. The below video shows what happens to Tropical […]


How to #Prune #Geranium #Flowers! #gardeningtips

One of the secrets to beautiful Geranium flowers is to prune or “deadhead” the spent bloom as soon as it’s finished blooming. This video shows what the “spent” bloom looks like and how to “deadhead” it. There are 2 more secrets to beautiful Geranium flowers … to learn them, click here. For more on pruning, […]

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#DIY Oak Tree Pruning! how to garden beginner gardener

#DIY #Tree #Pruning! #prune #howtoprune #trees

Spring and Fall are excellent times to prune trees! It gives cut branches time to mend before the stress of Summer and Winter. We are pruning our Oak tree because the lower branches are reaching into the sidewalk area. Do-it-yourself pruning will save hundreds of dollars over the long-term. Use a quality pair of tree […]


#Prune #Evergreens to Maintain Shape & Size!

    Early Spring is an excellent time to prune non-flowering shrubs and evergreens! Our Front Sidewalk Garden contains evergreen shrubs that grow consistently. They require very little maintenance; just prune with quality pruning shears such as Fiskars 25-33 Inch Power-Lever Extendable Hedge Shear (9169), to maintain shape and size. When the evergreens were young, […]

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Why #Prune #Liriope in Early #Spring? #pruning #howtoprune

    Variegated Liriope is a perennial groundcover that provides interest year round. The spike leaves are light green and white in color. We have Variegated Liriope in our Front Sidewalk Garden. Why cut back Liriope in early Spring? It forces fresh, new growth! For beginner gardeners, Liriope is an excellent choice! It is a […]


Best Time to #Prune Flowering #Shrubs? #shrub #pruning

                  The best time to prune flowering shrubs is just after they have bloomed, but before they set bud for their next blooming cycle. For example, our Snowmound Spirea blooms in mid-Spring every year. It only blooms once per year, so we prune it in early Fall. […]

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#Prune Non-Flowering #Shrubs in Early #Spring! #howtoprune

    Early Spring is an excellent time to prune non-flowering shrubs and evergreens! Our Front Sidewalk Garden showcases a green and yellow Euonymus shrub, which provides color all year long. The leaves are glossy and showy. It requires very little maintenance; just prune with quality pruning shears such as Fiskars 25-33 Inch Power-Lever Extendable […]


Watch Our #Gardening Channel on #YouTube! #garden

                    When I was in my early 20s, I loved watching gardening shows on PBS (Public Broadcasting System). The host would visit various gardens and showcase the plants. She slowly walked through the garden paths, stopped to touch the plants, share the names of the plants, […]

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5 #Secrets to Gorgeous #Autumn #Mums! #chrysanthemum #flowers

                    What are the 5 Secrets to Beautiful Fall Blooms? Secret #1 – By mid-summer, you will notice your mums starting to form flower buds. That’s when you know it’s time to prune. If you cut the mums back by the 4th of July weekend, it […]


3 Ways to Prepare #Flowering #Shrubs for #Winter! #shrub

                    Neon Spirea has beautiful magenta blooms. The shrub is very easy to maintain and blooms all spring and summer. In the Autumn, the leaves turn gold, which is a nice accent color for your Autumn landscape!                   […]

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#Deadhead #Cosmos 4 Blooms Thru #Autumn! #prune #flowers

    Cosmos are annuals that bloom throughout Spring, Summer, and into Fall. They like full sun and attract butterflies. Prune or deadhead old blooms to keep cosmos blooming all season. For beginner gardeners, Cosmos are very easy to grow. Full sun is the key. Every few weeks, fertilize with an organic fertilizer such as […]


Snowmound Spirea Blooms Look Like Snow! beginner gardener how to garden

3 Reasons to #Prune Flowering #Shrubs in #Autumn!

    We are experiencing an early Fall in the Mid-Atlantic area, so why not start pruning flowering shrubs such as Snowmound Spirea? Snowmound Spirea blooms pretty white flowers in the Spring. The small white flowers look like a layer of snow has fallen on the bush. Why is Autumn the best time to prune […]


Why #Fertilize & #Prune #Roses? #pruning #fertilizing #rose

  The two most important things you can do to produce beautiful rose blooms is to fertilize and prune regularly! Roses are heavy feeders, and they require certain nutrients, such as lime. We have had excellent success with an organic rose fertilizer (Espoma RT18 Rose Tone, 18-Pound). Dead blooms steal nutrients from your roses, so […]

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Why #Prune #Flowers? #flowerpower #flower #pruning

Removing old blooms will help annuals bloom continuously. Dead blooms steal nutrients from the plant, so pruning or deadheading, will keep the plant healthy and productive. Use a gardening tool, such as pruning shears (Fiskars Traditional Bypass Pruning Shears (9109)), to remove the old blooms. Be sure to clean the pruning shears before starting, and […]