It’s not just trees and shrubs that need pruning. Pruning flowering perennials, annuals or bedding plants will help to give them better quality blooms or bushier plants. As part of our regular jobs for you (after mowing the lawn or trimming the hedge, for example) we'll also expertly trim your garden flowers.
- For most flowers the natural cycle is one of flowers blooming and then seeting seeds. Removing the heads (deadheading them) as tje flowers 'fade' means that the garden will look nicer (not having lots of wilting flowers heads turning brown) but also gives the floweers a prod to creating new flowers and so prolong the bloom.
- Deadhead fading will also help to stop flowers spreading by stopping them from self seeding, keepiing yur garden under control.
- With some flowers, such as foxgloves, delphiniuks and the like we aim to deadhead them as soon as the fading starts by completely removing the heads down to the base or bud.
- This technique also prevents unwanted self-seeding of many perennials. Simply snap off the dead flower with your thumb and forefinger.
- We'll also deadhead summer bedding plants, annuals and biennials, for example pansies, for the same reason..
Improving flowers' shape and form
Prevent plants from becoming leggy
- By lightly shearing over aubrieta, lavender and alyssum after flowering we'll have the same effect as combining deadheading with light pruning. We'll help to create an abundance of flowers next season whilst stopping flowers becoming leggy and help to keep plants nicely compact.
Keep perennials compact
- In late-spring we'll chop back perennials to again make those plants that flower later bushier and often make them flower more prolifically. This is known as the Chelsea chop, and is usually carried out in late May, just soon after the Chelsea Flower Show finishes.
- We cut back or pinch back plants by half. Plants such as helenium, sedum and echinacea, amongst others, will respond well.
- We'll cut back any yellowing foliage on hardy perennials such as daylilies, crocosmia and asters to try to ensure that your garden will be the envy of your neighbours! Your garden will look all the better for it by being tidier! It may also help to [revent pests from making thier home under the leaves and acting as shelter for the winter!
Make bushier plants
Lots of plants will concentrate all their energy on one tip bud and allow the others on the stem to remain dormant.
- By removing the growing bud we'll give a boost to lower down buds that will then produce side shoots. This is called tip pruning (or stopping or pinching) and is used to make bushier growth.
- Whilst some plants (bedding plants and sweet peas) may only need pinching once others, (many perennials) may need pinching a few times. We'll remove the initial bud of, for example, a dahlia and then pinch out the resulting side growth.