My summer flowers – like vinca and petunias – tend to get leggy. If I prune them back, will they bloom again? -Meredith

Absolutely! Summer annuals will keep blooming until frost. However, if you prune them back severely, it may take a few weeks for them to grow back out and bloom again.

So, instead of waiting until they’re leggy, try pinching them back as you deadhead the old blossoms. You don’t have to remove a lot of the stem – simply pinching off the growing tip will stimulate the plant to branch out from the base. This way, you can keep your plants in shape and blooming all summer!

You can also lightly trim or pinch back perennials (like coreopsis and mums) after they bloom if they get leggy. They might (or might not) bloom again, but the green plants will bush out and be more attractive for the remainder of the season.


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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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