Get set, prune, sort of + free design templates

January 13th, 2011 Posted in garden design, pruning, vegetables, winter color

Sharpen those pruners! But the Chrysanthemum pacificum gets a reprieve for now.

chrysanthemum pacificum
The Butterpat and Country Girl mums finally got a trim the day after Christmas to reduce their urban sprawl and entice their December buds to give it a tentative shot. Here’s Butterpat, sunbathing in late December sun, only slightly daunted by this week’s cold, either.

Butterpat chrysanthemum

I showed no mercy for some of the long stragglers, though, and clipped them to their rosettes.  Someone’s already having lunch.

Chrysanthemum rosette

I’m itching to prune. I hope to nab a few hours this weekend to cut the asters to their rosettes and give the Salvia greggiis a good haircut. I always wiggle the branches to pull out rotted ones. I’ll chop to the ground the woody canes of flame acanthus and the Hamelia patens.

cutting back dormant hamelia patens
I won’t touch the evergreens until mid to late February (depending on weather). I’ll wait to shape the abutilons and my gray-leafed buddleja until we’re past the last frost.

Buddleja 'Butterfly Heaven' winter gray leaves
Since pruning is on our minds, this week Daphne answers our question about pruning paint. Yuck, it’s so ugly, and on most trees, it really isn’t necessary. Let the wound heal naturally.

On the other hand, red oaks and live oaks need pruning paint. Even though it may be safe to prune them between June and February, when the nitidulid beetles that carry the disease are dormant, we can’t predict weather or them!  Find out more about oak wilt.

For super pruning tips in general, check out this guide by Doug Welsh, A&M professor & Extension Horticulturist.

Since design is also on our minds, too, this week on CTG, Tom meets with Grow Green coordinator Denise Delaney on fabulous garden design templates and the plants that go with them.

Low maintenance shade garden design template Grow Green

Get templates for low maintenance shade, deer resistant, child-friendly, contemporary gardens and more at local nurseries and online, along with lots of other great tips from Grow Green.

And, don’t miss the FREE Green Garden Festival on Feb. 27 from noon to 4 p.m. for talks and tips to create a garden that is attractive, earth-friendly, and saves money!

Don’t forget CTG’s event calendar for fabulous free events coming up, like the Master Gardener’s Spring Vegetable primer on Feb. 12.

Homegrown mashed potatoes, anyone? Trisha demonstrates how to grow potatoes, even in containers!

On tour, designers Adams Kirkpatrick and Russell Womack renovate an Austin garden with Green techniques for This Old House.

Until next week, Linda

  1. 9 Responses to “Get set, prune, sort of + free design templates”

  2. By Michele Holt on Jan 13, 2011

    Oh, to have someone come in and redo my house and yard…dream, dream. Love those Boston accents…wahtah. Great post, as always.


    Linda reply on January 13th, 2011 7:13 pm:

    Yes, that’s how I feel! Wow, sounds like you’ve got super projects too. Can you come do my garden? Haven’t forgotten your promo appearance, either. Things have been a tad busy at KLRU. And yes, it was such a kick to tease Roger about his accent! XXOO


  3. By Cat on Jan 13, 2011

    Thanks for the links for the templates – those are handy. Hope you’re staying warm ;) I’ll be itching to cut everything back once this cold air passes through!


    Linda reply on January 13th, 2011 7:11 pm:

    Hi, Cat! Yes, as much as I’ve been wanting winter, it’s nippy. But it sure is easier to prune roses wearing a sweater! Thanks for checking in.


  4. By Ada on Jan 13, 2011

    I liked that the owners of the house did not want to damage the tree, but prefered to repair the porch. All in all a interesting short film made with alot of care.


  5. By Julia Khoury on Jan 13, 2011

    I am sure glad to be receiving your e-mails again. I really missed everyone.


    Linda reply on January 14th, 2011 9:21 am:

    Thanks Julia! Great to hear from you!


  6. By Kathleen Scott on Jan 16, 2011

    Bless you for including your pruning list. I’m a prunaphobic even though I KNOW it improves the plants. Been putting off pruning the firebush (Hamelia patens) which has lost all leaves but the canes are still green inside…Okay maybe that’s an excuse but I’m glad to have guidance about those, the salvia greggii and flame acanthus.

    The others I’m doubting myself on are beautyberry & turk’s cap. And strangely, my pride of barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) still has leaves! Prune or not?


    Linda reply on January 17th, 2011 4:07 pm:

    Hi, Kathleen! Go ahead & cut the Hamelia & all woodies like that. I plan to whack the turks cap to the ground soon (!). Beautyberry, not sure about that one. Can’t hurt to wait; there’s enough else to do. That is bizarre about your Caesalpinia!. Definitely wait to prune it after the last frost. I always consider it progressive pruning. We can’t do it all in one weekend. So, start with the stuff that is safe & work your way to the less cold hardy as we get later in the season.

    Wildflowers|Seeds of History is in its last few weeks of work. You’ll be seeing your name in the credits!


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