Gardeners get into trouble by pruning old-fashioned big leaf hydrangeas when they’re dormant in the late fall or early spring and end up chopping off healthy branches.
Wait a minute, didn’t I just tell you this spring NOT to prune your old-fashioned pink and blue hydrangeas? Yes, but some hydrangea are better pruned.
I know, you see some great gardener’s super-flowery hydrangea and you’re sure it’s something they’re doing, but actually, it’s what they’re not doing – they’re not pruning the flowers off!
Leap Day is a good cue to take care of those garden chores that don’t need doing every year.
Phlox is a perennial plant which disappears in winter.
Instead of tying up the vines, why not just let a climbing plant clamber up over something like a shrub?
Gardeners who don’t feel compelled to tidy everything up in Autumn will still have lots to look at come January.