Remove spent blooms on roses, perennials, and annuals to keep the flower show going strong. Cut back annuals like petunias in midsummer to encourage fresh growth and flowering. Reduce plant height or length by one-third or more.
Continue pinching mums through mid-month to encourage a full, colorful fall flower display.
Give late-blooming perennials, such sedum, aster, and boltonia, a quick trim by cutting plants back by one-third around July 4.
Check containers of annuals daily for water needs. Give flowering plants a bloom booster fertilizer every 10 days for an amazing show.
Cut early-season bloomers, like delphinium, daisy, and campanula back by one-half to one-third. New growth will sprout and your efforts may be rewarded with a second flower show.
Continued on page 3: The July Vegetable Garden