2018, July 2018, What to do in the garden

A Timely Reminder

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Montauk Daisy, or Nipponanthemum nipponicum, is a wonderful plant that flowers in October and November, when most everything else has started to wind down for the season. It has large, daisy-like flowers on dark green, waxy foliage and can be three feet tall by three feet wide. If you have the space, I recommend giving it a try. If you have one already, then you know that it can get quite leggy …

Because of that, this blog post is a reminder that legginess can be avoided if Montauk Daisies are pruned at this time of year. Do it this weekend, if you can. Don’t wait much longer, or it won’t have time to recover and produce flowers in the fall. Cut each stem back by about half, and then watch as it thickens up and forms a more civilized clump which will look a lot better come October. You’ll be glad you took the time to do it.