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Your Garden Guy: Cut flowers now to encourage new growth

In the shade garden, cut flowers from caladiums to encourage leaf production. Remove spent flower stalks from hostas. Finally, remove old fronds (leaves) from ferns.

Hydrange Peegee is a white flowering hydrangea. More stiff and upright, this hydrangea adds midsummer blooms to the shade garden. Cut back after flowering or in the winter months because this shrub blooms on new growth.

Now is the time to prune fading flowers from crape myrtles to encourage a second flush of blooms.

Wow! Have you seen all of the butterflies this year? If not, use these plants in your garden: lantana, clethera, zinnia and nicotina.

Yes, you can plant container-grown plants during the hot summer months. Just remember to water every two to three days.

Todd Goulding provides residential landscape design consultations. Contact him at www.fernvalley.com or 478-345-0719.

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