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The dying flowers of summer bedding plants can be simply pinched off between finger and thumb. Alternatively, use scissors or florists' snips.
Cluster-flowered roses should be deadheaded regularly so that the plant's energy is channelled into the other flower buds. Cut each flower off as the petals begin to fall.
Cut off only the flowers of hydrangeas in spring, so the flowerheads protect the emerging flower buds from frost over winter.
The tall flower spikes of some perennials, such as this lupin, are best cut back before the last few flowers are finished, as seed pods are already forming at the base. Prune out the stalk to just above the leaves.
Plants which produce masses of flowers, like this lavender, can be given a 'haircut' with secateurs or scissors as soon as the flowers lose their colour. This will encourage bushy side growth and keep plants compact.