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Now I am in front of a shrub rose and it has gone by. It is September so I could still get some more flowers out of this if it stays warm up through October. When you look to cut, look for area where you have five leaflets coming out of the side of the branch and cut just above there a little less than a quarter of an inch. If you do that, it tends to encourage new growth. You cannot mess this up but if you cut it where it is going to produce a new bid of growth; that is a better spot.
These are the tall garden phlox variety. What I want to do is help to encourage the new flowers. So I am going to cut off the flowers that are spent or pretty close to spend. This area here which I am squenching is pretty much gone by where as I have lots of new blossoms coming here. I am going to cut right with that older section was and this will go in to the compost pile. You could prune all the way back down to the ground if the entire plant is kind of spent and you do not know these any new blossoms coming up but give it a shot. So if you can get some new blossoms to come up, you can extend the life of somebody’s plants by weeks and really keep flowers going well in to the fall.
This is the astilbe. I actually do not cut this. I leave this all winter because I personally like the way that this looks. I find it will create different interest in the winter so these flower heads which are eventually becoming seedpods, I like when they get covered with a little bit of snow or the frost. So I will actually leave this all winter long and then I will cut them in the spring. It is just a personal choice. You could do what we have been doing and cut these all the way back to the base of the plant and then take all the leaves up later on in the fall.
This is actually my favorite Bee Balm at Jacob Klein. What I do with this is I deadhead it and again you can take this information and so put it across many different perennials. This is where I deadheaded this just a few weeks ago because Bob the stock was completely gone. We have gotten a couple of new. This one is up a little bit higher and then there is another one about to come up, another little flower here. So talking about the very important part of gardening, deadheading: taking the flowers that have gone by, and bringing it back down to the base of the plant A for sort of aesthetic look or perhaps to encourage more flowers to bloom.
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