Tips for Pruning Perennials

May 26, 2017

Did you know that you can prune your perennials to help delay or prolong the blooming period on them? A technique called preemptive pruning will help you achieve this effect. Delaying the flowering of your perennials with preemptive pruning can be useful if you have a party or event coming up that you want your… Read more >

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nikko Blue' (Nikko Blue Hydrangea) How to Prune Hydrangeas

March 8, 2017

With some hydrangeas blooming on old wood and others blooming on new wood, it can be confusing which ones to prune and when to prune them. To start off with, hydrangeas, in general, do not have to be pruned to keep them healthy. But, if you like to keep them clean and tidy or if… Read more >

Can I prune yet? Yes you can!

February 17, 2017

Back in October, we talked about waiting to prune until plants are fully dormant in order to keep them healthy and strong. Now that we’re in late winter and the sunshine is starting to peek out of the gray clouds, February-March is the best time to get back out in your garden to prune and… Read more >

When, how, and what should I prune?

March 26, 2015

Got the spring cleaning bug…? Don’t resist the urge to get outside and enjoy this sunshine and clean up the garden. Late winter to early spring is the best time to prune most plants. If the plants are still dormant so you won’t be removing new growth and you can also remove any winter die-back…. Read more >

Pruning tips and timing: a Valentine’s Day Gift to your Garden!

February 14, 2014

There seem to be so many rules and tricks to pruning it’s easy to get overwhelmed and intimidated.  The reality is that, if pruning properly and thoughtfully, you can get the job done at many times during the year but when is best?   In western Washington most pruning should be done in February while plants… Read more >