Deadheading your flowering plant is a rewarding job that refreshes the whole garden.
Take them off as soon as they begin to droop as this will help to conserve the plant’s energy by preventing them from setting seed. Bedding plants benefit most from daily deadheading as it will extend the life of the plants and encourage them to continue producing more flowers through the summer.
Ideally, deadhead any plants that don’t produce decorative seedheads, such as lilac and peonies. Snap off old flower clusters of rhododendrons, to allow the buds to develop. Deadheading also curbs excessive self-seeding, which can be a problem with plants such as alliums and alchemilla.
Follow the advice in our guide to deadheading different types of flowers.