Get ready for fall? The fast pace of springtime in the garden has just slowed down a bit. Maybe you have even found a few moments to sit and enjoy the rewards of your hard labor and I’m telling you to get ready for fall. Lest you think I sniffed one too many viburnum carlesii let me explain...I am talking about the pinching of late summer and fall blooming perennials to control height and/or bloom time.
But before you head out with your pruning shears, know your perennial. I highly recommend two garden books that need to be in every perennial gardener's library: The Well Tended Perennial Garden by Tracy DiSabato-Aust and The Perennial Care Manual by Nancy J. Ondra.