IN THE GARDEN

Posted: November 11, 2017 at 1:48 a.m.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette In the garden Illustration

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette In the garden Illustration

Q I recently retired and am trying to take up flower gardening, so I read your column in the newspaper and find it very helpful. But I am confused about some of the terminology and hope that you can help me. For example, deadheading. Should all flowers be deadheaded, and when and how? Annual vs. perennial: Do annual plants just get thrown away and new ones planted every year? Can annual plants be planted in the ground or only in pots? Does pruning or trimming "after flowering" mean to wait until the blooms are gone (not immediately after blooms flower), then cut it off? What is the difference between foliage and leaves?

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