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Q.Butterfly And Hummingbird Garden Plants

Anonymous added on July 8, 2011 | Answered

I have a butterfly garden that has gotten out of control. How do I tame it? My butterfly garden contains Garden Phlox, Beard Tongue, Bee Balm, Butterfly bush, Mouse-ear Thickseed, Everlasting, Showy Stonecrop and Shasta Daisy. These plants are planted in the required 4′ x 6′ raised bed per instructions of the company I purchased the garden collection from. Now all of the plants are overgrown (have only been planted a little over a year) and falling over with heavy blooms. What can I do to save this garden and make it look nice again?

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Answered on July 9, 2011

A bit of pruning may be in order. Prune the tops of plants. Using a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears, trim away any old growth, characterized by woody and sparse leaves. This growth may be tough to cut, so be careful. Next, remove any sickly growth on the overgrown plants, which is often characterized by yellow leaves or a wilted appearance. Be sure to leave any new, tender growth alone.

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