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Pruning Salvia 'May Night'

12 years ago

My May Night salvia is always gorgeous in early June, but after it's first bloom it goes down hill, and it looks awful by August. I've read many times about people pruning and keeping it looking nice, perhaps with some blooming, not like the first time, of course. Question: Do you cut off at the base of the spent blooms, or do you whack the entire plant to about 6" or so? Do you take the time to carefully snip each one? I can't seem to find something that works. Mine ends up looking like dried up brown leaves hanging on sticks by mid to late summer. UGH!

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