Gardening Basics

January 7, 2013 – 07:54 am

HelianthusWell, it is a given that your backyard or front garden will look amazing with some flowers withstanding throughout late autumn and winter. However, because not all perennials can endure low temperatures, it is advisable to prune them in order to protect them from the cold and freeze. Moreover, by pruning them you will also avoid potential problems with pests and diseases. Therefore, grab your cordless Black and Decker pruning saw and clip back these perennial flowers as soon as possible.

Bee Balm

The biggest enemy of the Bee Balms in your garden is moisture and the afferent mildew. Because not even the strongest varieties of this plant can fight back mildew, you will have to inspect them regularly during fall and prune them as soon as you see the first signs of the fungi. On a side note, if you have freshly grown Bee Balms with no signs of fungi infestation, then perform some selective thinning and leave them on until spring.

Bronze Fennel

Due to its high popularity, the bronze fennel can be found in most gardens across the United States these days. Unfortunately for the plant, the area is also abundant in swallowtail caterpillars which thrive on their leaves. In fact, several caterpillars can leave the Bronze Fennel’s stem completely stripped way before fall settles in. In this case, there’s nothing much you can do but cut the plant back to the ground.

MasterwortGolden Marguerite

While these beautiful daisies are a definitely sight for sore eyes throughout the entire summer, once they finish blooming they start nodding off. Therefore, it is important to prune them to the crown to promote new stem growth, which will help the plant protect itself against frost and low temperatures during winter.


A variety of the sunflower family, you can only enjoy the beauty of the Helianthus during the summer months. Once they finish blooming in late August, pruning them to the ground is the only solution to protect them from the harsh winter and keep your garden looking sharp. While deadheading could work for other perennial plants with tall stems, Helianthus’ stem is too weak and will surely break and flop very soon.

Japanese Anemone

Because they are the favorite treat of several varieties of beetles, the Japanese Anemone is usually defoliated before early fall. In the eventuality that you don’t have a beetle infestation, pruning it is also wise as the plant tends to turn black and unattractive with the first snow.


Anemone 'Queen Charlotte'
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  • Common Name: Japanese Anemone
  • Blooms in: Late summer - Autumn
  • Height: 36
  • 3 Pots
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  • Ships dormant in winter - late spring
  • Zone:4-8

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Day 3 (cont)

I think these things as Yosif worked his long, broad strokes: Should it be today? Should I knick his throat as we stroll through the flowers, watch him fall like a bewitched prince among the tall irises and the Japanese anemones? Or should I kiss him, nip playfully at his eager lips; open a tiny wound so he might receive a poisonous relief to his constant burning? Let him slide gently down into the twilit lake of the Tuileries. Yes, I like the sound of that. It is poetry. It will be a consummation of sublime romance.
"Ah, Inge!" I finished the young sheikh with a combination of subtle moves guaranteed to maximize his pleasure, and he fell back on the seat

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