Follow Proper Pruning Techniques
This Horticulture Information Resource Web site from Texas A&M Extension will guide you through the basics of pruning a wide variety of plants. It provides a thorough overview of pruning techniques and plant responses to pruning.
Favorite or New Plant
Salvias are among the most versatile and useful groups of blooming perennials we have for our southern landscapes. Bicolor sage (Salvia sinaloensis) makes an attractive ground cover, reaching only 6 to 12 inches in height. Its small blooms are an intense royal blue rising on spikes above the dark green foliage with a burgundy tinge. This salvia does best in a part shade location and is especially appreciative of a break from the hot afternoon sun. Plants may be set about a foot apart to form a ground cover or used individually in the nooks and crannies of a rock garden. It is also attractive spilling over the sides of a mixed container planting. Hardy from zones 7 to 10, bicolor sage dies back in winter to return again in spring.