There is a dramatic change in the garden from the spring months of planning, planting and coaxing to a sudden burst of growth in the warmer, longer days of summer. Summer months in the garden are a time for constant maintenance, or as I refer to it, garden editing. It is a constant activity from now until fall cleanup, looking with a critical eye and removing anything that doesn’t add to the picture.
Deadheading and cutting back perennials and biennials, shaping the giant hosta and pruning flowering shrubs after bloom are some of the important activities in keeping the garden in check. Garden editing eliminates overcrowding in the summer garden which, in turn, promotes healthier plants and a better overall appearance!