Pruning

  • hydrangeas
    How-To

    Mastering the Art of Pruning Hydrangeas in the Southeast

    Hydrangeas (Hydrangea spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9) of all kinds are currently among the most popular shrubs with gardeners in the Southeast. Why? First, a flood of improved cultivars has…

  • red twig dogwood
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    Pruning Shrubs for Winter Color

    As winter wears on in the Mid-Atlantic, tasks in the garden are few and far between. However, one task that always remains is pruning. Winter is the perfect time to…

  • pruning crape myrtles
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    Pruning Crape Myrtles in the Southeast

    Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia spp. and cvs., Zones 6–9) is one of the most popular and beloved shrubs in the Southeast. But knowing how and when to prune is crucial for…

  • pruning japanese maples
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    An Easy Approach to Pruning Japanese Maples

    The first trees appeared on earth about 400 million years ago, and they did just fine for many millennia before humans arrived on the scene. So before we get all…

  • How-To

    Southeast September Garden To-Do List

    Is it fall yet? Nope, not in the Southeast, but that’s just fine with me. Late summer has its own flavor worth savoring. Sure, plenty of plants are looking dog-tired,…

  • ARS SE45 Floral Shears
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    Harvest Cut Flowers With These Floral Shears

    Anyone with a cutting garden needs a good pair of pruners. These 7-inch floral shears are perfect for when you need something a little smaller and less bulky than Felco…

  • panicle hydrangea in fall
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    Summer Pruning Panicle Hydrangeas in the Southeast

    The rise in popularity of panicle hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 3–8) has been staggering over the last fifteen years. This rise is due in part to several new cultivars entering…

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

  • ninebark before and after being cut back
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    Rejuvenation Pruning for Shrubs

    We all have them in our landscape—those leggy, overgrown, multistemmed shrubs that maybe have not received the proper pruning each year to maintain the healthy and robust habit they once…