I love to color my vegetable garden beds with lots of flowers. Coneflowers, Zinnias, Marigolds and Coreopsis and others add pops of bright color to my drab raised beds made of weathered gray wood filled with rich brown soil. I plant a few annuals throughout the garden, but I mainly rely on perennials to provide fierce color year after year. To keep my flowers blooming beautifully, there’s one simple thing I do consistently – and that’s deadheading. Deadheading is a weird name for ‘cutting off the flower’. It only takes a few minutes of my time, but it’s a true game changer.
My Dahlia flowers need deadheading about once or twice every week. I have two containers planted on my back deck. I often deadhead the Dahlia’s while enjoying my morning coffee. The spent blooms you see in the photo above need to be snipped off, but I left them so you could see when to deadhead.
If you look closely, you can see new blooms are on the way – ensuring a near constant supply of beautiful pink Dahlia flowers.
Deadheading also works for flowering herbs like basil. Keep the blooms pruned and you’ll foster a bushy plant that will keep producing vibrant, delicious leaves all season long.
A basil plant with flowers left unattended will tend to lose its taste and become tough. Not sure if you know this, but butterflies LOVE basil flowers. So if you want to attract more butterflies to your garden, allow one or two of your basil plants to flower as it pleases. Make sure you have your camera close by so you can shoot the butterflies as they dance from flower to flower!
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