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Pruning and deadheading perennials not only helps to clean and neaten up the garden, it might well mean a repeat bloom. Take those perennial bachelor buttons that finished blooming recently. If yours flop like mine do, trimming them back by about two-thirds will do the trick to get those stalks off the ground. Often these colorful plants will set new buds when pruned mid-season.

And there’s another benefit from deadheading perennials like pulmonaria, bachelor buttons, lady’s mantle, goat’s beard and others — it will help prevent unwanted seedlings all over the flower beds.