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Gardening Hints

August second week in your garden:

DEADHEADING PLANTS: Gardeners spend much time weeding borders, tying in plants and deadheading through the summer months. Deadheading, or the removal of spent flowers, prolongs the flowering potential of roses, dahlias, delphiniums and penstemons, among others, as well as annuals in baskets, containers and borders. Other flowering shrubs such as the butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii) are deadhead because they can be nuisance self-seeders.Deadheading will also do the usual job of prolonging the flowering display. Some plants, however, are best left. The seed heads of certain grasses and perennials such as Molinia, Festuca, Calamagrostis, Echinacea, Helenium and Rudbeckia should remain in situ long after the flowers fade to provide to look attractive. Leave, too, any plants grown for their berries,usually shrubs. Before deadheading a rose, consider whether the hips will be attractive and useful in autumn and winter.

Gardening Hints
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