chelsea chop

  • How to Pinch a Plant

    Tip: How to Pinch a Plant

    Pinching a plant almost feels mean. It has just put out all this nice new growth, and you’re taking it away. But the rewards are worth the sacrifice. Many plants…

  • Bluestar (Amsonia spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9)

    Can I Cut This Back?

    If you have never cut back a perennial during the growing season, it can be a little scary to take the pruners to it. Here is the timing for some…

  • “stadium style” proLongs the bloom season

    How to Prune Garden Perennials in Summer

    It’s midsummer, and you miss that fresh look of your perennial borders. What happened to the spring green foliage and neat habit of your plants? Some plants are sprawling, flopping,…

  • How-To

    Midwest June Garden To-Do List

    Plant, plant, plant! Add summer annuals to beds and containers, and cut back or replace spring annuals that look tired. Finish dividing and replanting summer- and fall-blooming perennials. If you…

  • How-To

    Northeast June Garden To-Do List

    June makes gardening look easy. If the heat and humidity hold off, we’ll barely have to break a sweat to accomplish the most urgent tasks: to stop and smell the…

  • How-To

    What’s the Deal with the Chelsea Chop?

    Pretty much any gardening book that’s worth its salt mentions the Chelsea Chop—but most do only that. The introduction of the concept is usually followed by some variation of this…

  • Design

    How to Do the Chelsea Chop

    Gardening takes a leap of faith: we hope plants will thrive to meet our expectations and fulfill their assigned roles. But we can do more than cross our fingers. To…