There are many reasons to deadhead – to keep plants looking their best, to extend the display and to prevent them setting seed. Find out more about why deadheading is important and read our advice on how to deadhead your plants.
Here are a few extra tips for snipping around the garden.
Let a few flowers form seed
Leave a few flowers on hardy annuals such as love-in-a-mist, nasturtiums and calendula to form seed pods. Let these ripen and dry out, then collect for sowing in autumn or spring.
Orange calendula blooms
Pinch out and apply liquid feed
Pinch out the straggly growth of fuchsias and other summer bedding to encourage new shoots that will produce more flowers. If you also water regularly and apply liquid feed, you will ensure the display continues into the autumn.
Measuring out liquid feed to dilute in a watering can
Let some plants form seedheads
Be selective with your deadheading. The seedheads of many plants, such as honesty, are highly ornamental in winter.
Decorative purple seedheads of honesty
Encourage roses to bloom again
Snip faded blooms from repeat-flowering roses, cutting back flowers or clusters to a lower leaf. This will encourage a second flush of blooms later in the year. Some varieties produce attractive hips in autumn, so it’s worth leaving these flowers in place.
Deadheading a rose