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Are You "Deadheading?"

jennifer carroll

To extend your summer blooms through fall, keep on deadheading! Here's a bit of advice from Shawna, CCNPro and head of our Custom Container Department. If you haven't met Shawna, stop in and say hello! And definitely don't miss her custom designs on our container patio or her free upcoming demos

It’s summertime…the time to kickback and enjoy your garden. All the spring planting you've done has been in full bloom, right? Well if they aren’t, then you need to deadhead! 

Yes, deadheading will convince many plants not to go to seed but continue to bloom through fall. If left alone, a flowering plant will put forth a bloom. The blossom would then be fertilized and subsequently set seed. In this complete reproductive task, the plant expends its energy and nutrients to set seed instead of producing more of those beautiful flowers we all love to enjoy!

Below are a few annuals and perennials that will benefit from deadheading:

  • Achillea sp. (Yarrow)
  • Adenophora bulleyana (Bulley’s Ladybells)
  • Alcea rosea (Hollyhock)
  • Alstroemaria (Peruvian Lilly) – pull stem, do not cut
  • Angelonia (Angelonia)
  • Anigozanthos (Kangaroo Paws)
  • Argyranthemum (Marguerite Daisy)
  • Armeria maritima (Thrift)
  • Aster sp. (Aster)
  • Aquillegia caerulea (Columbine)
  • Buddleia davidii (Butterfly Bush)
  • Centranthus ruber (Valerian)
  • Chrysanthemum x supberba (Shasta Daisy)
  • Cosmos bipinnatus (Cosmos)
  • Consolida ambigua (Larkspur)
  • Coreopsis grandiflora (Coreopsis)
  • Delphinium sp. (Delphinium)
  • Dianthus caryophullus (Pinks)
  • Diascia (Twinspur) – can be sheared
  • Echinacea (Coneflower)
  • Felicia amelloides (Blue Marguerite)
  • Gaillardia (Blanket flower)
  • Gaura lindheimeri (Gaura)
  • Helenium autumnale (Sneezeweed)
  • Heliotropium arborescens (Heliotrope)
  • Hemerocalis (Daylilly)
  • Lavandula (Lavender)
  • Monarda didyma (Bee Balm)
  • Nemesia – can be sheared
  • Nepeta – (Catmint)
  • Pelargonium sp.
  • Penstemon (Penstemon gloxiniodes)
  • Phlox paniculata (Border Phlox)
  • Rudbeckia hirta (Gloriosa Daisy)
  • Scabiosa atropurpurea (Pincushion Flower)
  • Rose – cut down approximately 1/3 of the stem to outward-facing leaflet
  • Salvia sp. (Sage)
  • Tagetes erecta (Marigold)
  • Veronica spicata (Speedwell)
  • Zinnia angustifolia (Zinnia)

After you’ve deadheaded don’t forget to fertilize! I’ve been using MaxSea Bloom Plant Food and have been truly happy with the results. It’s easy to use, cast the pellets around the beds, water in and reap the benefits healthy plants all year long!