Q.Pruning A Joe Pye Weed
I have several Joe Pyes in my backyard. They love where they are planted. Last Summer they grew out of control. This year they are growing in a nice round shape. Last year they were only long stems. What can I do to keep them in this shape. I also have a clematis that is growing on a trellis. The other day I noticed the main stem is turning brown. It still has beautiful blooms. Should I be concerned? Thank you Lisa Jones
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Proper care will be necessary to keep it in shape. This article will help:
As for your Clematis- Unfortunately, your photos did not come through. I am unable to see the damage. It could be browning as it turns into a sort of "bark", or it could be browning due to disease. Usually, disease is accompanied by other symptoms, too, though.
In the meantime, this article will help you with its care: