By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
Bushy bluestem grass (Andropogon glomeratus) is a long-stemmed perennial and native prairie grass in Florida up into South Carolina. It is found in swampy areas around ponds and streams and grows in low flatland areas. Learn more about the plant here.
The best time to prune roses is in late winter or early spring, around the time new growth begins. This could be as early as January or as late as May, depending on your climate.
If you'd like to mark your calendar, or set yourself a pruning reminder, here are regional estimates:
Major pruning should be done in early spring, after the last frost in colder climates, by following the 8 Basic Pruning Steps below. You can also let the roses tell you — when they start to bud or leaf out, it’s time.
Dead flowers can be cut back at any time in summer. Carl Bennett, longtime Rose Breeding Manager of David Austin Roses, says that during the flowering season, deadheading will encourage more blooms and maintain an attractive shrub.
After the first killing frost, trim longer stems to keep them from snapping in winter storms. Keep rose bushes from being top heavy to protect them from being uprooted in strong winds. Crossing branches that could be damaged by rubbing together should also be trimmed back. Take it easy though, as too much pruning can stimulate growth, and that new growth may be damaged by freezing weather. Remove any dead or diseased branches and foliage, and clean your cutting tools well to prevent transferring disease to another plant.
This common fruit shrub is easy to grow.
It is a favorite for its fruits that tickle our tongue buds, eaten fresh or cooked in clafoutis, jams or jellies for breakfast.
Give it the space it needs to grow, plant it in a cool place where the air circulates well.
Thanks to its bushy aspect and the translucent red color of its fruits, it looks very nice and fits in any garden.