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  • using hedge shears on ornamental grass
    How-To

    Battery-Powered Pruning Tools for Jobs Big and Small

    These hedge shears work for a variety of chores  Tested by Jason Reeves Using battery-powered hedge shears is a game changer. I love my Black and Decker 22-inch cordless hedge…

  • close up of bright pink peony
    How-To

    How to Help Perennials Bloom Longer into Summer

    Enjoying the beauty of plants and flowers is the number one reason most of us love to garden, so it’s always fun to find new ways to help our plants…

  • best reed grasses
    Design

    A Guide to Growing Reed Grasses: Best-Performing Varieties and Care

    As native grasses such as little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium and cvs., Zones 3–9) and prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis and cvs., Zones 3–9) increasingly gain traction in gardens, exotics such as…

  • summer flowering plants that are good for Chelsea chop
    How-To

    Do You Dare to Try the “Chelsea Chop”?

    In late May, many of us look forward to seeing social media posts about the Chelsea Flower Show. The timing of this event is a reminder that there are many…

  • climbing hydrangea
    Design

    Tips for Pruning Climbing Hydrangea

    Few plants can add the romance and cozy-cottage feeling to a garden like climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris, Zones 4–9) can. Whether it's covering a semi-shady east-facing wall (an…

  • pruning tool kit
    How-To

    Basic Pruning Terms and Tools

    Assemble a Pruning Tool Kit Having the right equipment will help to ensure pruning success. Here are the basic tools to get the job done right. Tools for your kit…

  • pruning problems
    How-To

    Pruning Conundrums | Letter from the Editor

    Well, it turns out that I’ve been pruning my hydrangeas wrong this whole time. Not my bigleafs (Hydrangea macrophylla)—I have only a couple of those left in my beds, since…

  • A strong, open structure is one of the goals to aim for when pruning a multistemmed shrub like this viburnum. Judicious cuts allow light to penetrate the canopy and reach the inside of the plant.
    How-To

    A Step-by-Step Guide to Pruning Viburnums

    Viburnums (Viburnum spp. and cvs., Zones 2–9) are a genus of approximately 150 woody shrubs prized for their delicate, early-season flowers and bright fall fruit. Some, like smooth witherod (V.…

  • pruning smooth hydrangeas
    How-To

    A Better Way to Prune Smooth Hydrangeas

    All of the hydrangeas in the native hydrangea plant trial done at Mt. Cuba Center bloom on new wood, which means that the flower buds develop when the shrub starts…

  • I Am Happy clematis
    How-To

    An Easy Approach to Clematis Pruning

    As gardeners look forward to the joys of spring, we often turn to pruning to exercise our green thumbs. Knowing when and how to prune clematis (Clematis spp. and cvs.,…