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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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May 22, 2015 2:39 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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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.
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May 22, 2015 4:46 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b and Fl
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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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May 22, 2015 1:21 PM CST
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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I deadhead throughout spring and summer mostly in hopes of more blooms, but toward the end of summer I let things GO.
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May 22, 2015 2:26 PM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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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.
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May 22, 2015 4:04 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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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.
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May 22, 2015 4:53 PM CST
Name: Jasmin
Toronto, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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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.
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."~Albert Einstein
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May 23, 2015 2:57 PM CST
Name: Kay
Lincoln, Nebraska
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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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