August Gardening – Maintaining Perennials and Shrubs

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Mitch Baker with American Plant talks about maintaining perennials and shrubs through the hot summer.

    Mitch Baker: Hi! I am Mitch Baker with American Plant. We are talking about maintaining perennials and shrubs through the hot summer.

    For most people perennials and shrubs make up a good part of their garden. So to keep them looking fresh and green through the end of summer, a little maintenance is required.

    Deadheading is one of those things that we can do periodically to keep re-blooming plants and flower. This is a good example here with this Stella de Oro Daylily, getting in and just trimming away some of these spent flower stock so that they don't waste energy on seed production, keeps them in flower. And this can also be done on many different woody shrubs and perennials, butterfly bush for instance.

    It's a very long blooming woody ornamental, but if you deadhead it, you can increase the number of flowers and prolong the blooming period. So trimming away those spent flower heads, again preventing it from going to seed is going to promote new growth and therefore more flowers for a longer period of time, much later into the season.

    Spirea is another plant that you can trim back after flowering to promote a second flush of flowers. By trimming it back you promote more growth therefore a second flush of flowers. So don't forget to trim back your Spirea.

    Now rose is our another plant that we want to maintain through the end of summer, into the fall, by deadheading or pruning them back so that we promote that new growth and therefore we promote more flowers. You do that by pruning, but you also need to feed them regularly to stimulate that new growth and keep them actively growing.

    By caring for your perennials and shrubs properly, you'll have a great looking garden that will make your neighbors jealous.