Keeping the Garden Groomed: Some like a different look

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Keeping the Garden Groomed

By Paul2032
May 22, 2015

A little time committed to deadheading will keep the garden looking fresher and more appealing.

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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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May 22, 2015 2:39 AM CST
A groomed garden appeals to some, but some of us like a more natural look.
Seed pods forming are part of that natural look.
The seed pods give a hint of what next year's garden will be like.
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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May 22, 2015 4:46 AM CST
I like to have areas for both styles, but more often than not I'll end up planting something that I should leave for the birds in my groomed beds anyway. Whistling
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Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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May 22, 2015 1:21 PM CST
I deadhead throughout spring and summer mostly in hopes of more blooms, but toward the end of summer I let things GO.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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May 22, 2015 2:26 PM CST
A natural look is nice in the right application, but even then, if some kinds of plants are not deadheaded, they will not keep blooming. So deadheading prolongs the bloom season and then allowing them to set seed later in the year is nice to look at and great for the birds in the winter.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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May 22, 2015 4:04 PM CST
I like to leave those seedheads for the birds to enjoy. I actually leave those kinds of things till spring. Yes, the clump might look nicer after the head heading but I do go ior the more naturalized look. I want my garden to be very friendly to the backyard songbirds as I really enjoy having them around.
Toronto, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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May 22, 2015 4:53 PM CST
I agree

I let plants develop seeds. For example, I love Black Eyes Susan seed heads. I leave them on the plants till spring. They add character to the winter look. I deadhead only roses, but only till late August or September; after that, I let them set rosehips. Particularly, I like clematis seedheads.

On the other hand, deadheading makes sense in formal gardens.
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Name: Kay
Lincoln, Nebraska
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May 23, 2015 2:57 PM CST
Working for a landscaping company, I find that more of our customers prefer to have the perennials deheaded to keep the garden looking tidy. For them. it's all about curb appeal.

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