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Midseason Perennial Pruning

Freshen up your garden and increase blooming with these techniques

Deadheading phlox may result in more blooms later in the season. Photo: Andy Pulte

When most people think of pruning perennials, the first thing they think of is tidying up their garden before spring. However, there may be times you wish to take a more advanced approach to how you treat herbaceous perennials in your garden throughout the season. As with most things in life, timing is everything. Now is a great time to grab some loppers, head out into the garden, and experiment.

Often when June rolls around in my Tennessee garden, I take a look around and want to clean up the appearance of many of my herbaceous perennials. Sometimes this is because they have finished flowering and I want to encourage another flush of blooms. Sometimes it is because heat or disease has made them not look their best, or because I want to delay their bloom to later in the season on a shorter plant.

Midseason perennial pruning in the…

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