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Plants, even in containers, need pinching to shape them and prevent legginess. Cut tips from English, German, and Kenilworth ivies, variegated vinca, and other trailing plants to make them short and bushy. This is more important with plants in containers on terraces and other paved surfaces. Remember to snip shoots of petunias, fuchsias, snapdragons, marigolds, browallia, and other annuals. Some perennials, like phlox and fall asters, remain shorter and produce smaller but more numerous flower heads if tips are pinched once or twice in the late spring or summer. This practice delays blooming, thus extending the flowering season for your container garden.

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