Foxglove: Pinch individual flowers along stem; when stem is finished, cut to the ground; may rebloom with smaller flowers.
Geranium: Pinch spent flower stalks below the foliage; will bloom continuously through fall.
Jacob's ladder: Cut entire plant to the ground to encourage fresh, new growth; often reblooms.
Lavender: Cut flower stems back to healthy foliage; second blooms are shorter than the first; cut late flowers, leaving foliage.
Monkshood: Cut off spent florets; cut to side branches to promote bloom; cut to ground to promote second bloom; wear gloves to keep hands safe from poisonous sap.
New England aster: Shear stems back to the foliage; cut back by half in early summer to control height and promote bushiness and reblooming.
Penstemon: Cut side branches to prolong bloom; cut stems to ground when finished; doesn't rebloom.
Petunia: Pinch back to the first set of leaves to promote bushiness and reblooming.
Purple coneflower: Reblooms without deadheading; cut early blooms to side shoots to promote larger late flowers.
Siberian iris: Pinch spent flowers from stem; cut stem to ground when finished blooming; doesn't rebloom.
Snapdragon: Cut flower spikes back to foliage when they fade for a fall rebloom.
Tall garden phlox: Shear off spent flower clusters; cut to ground when finished blooming; seeds will revert to less desirable colors; doesn't rebloom.
Threadleaf coreopsis: Shear plants to ground in late summer for early fall rebloom.
Zinnia: Cut individual flower stalks to first leaves to promote branching and reblooming.
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