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How to Prune Crepe Myrtles and More Winter Gardening Tips: Mrs. Hines' Class

As soon as the new year begins, I start thinking about gardening.  What will I transplant?  What new plants do I want to add this year?  I get so excited at the thought of getting outside and digging in the dirt.  As soon as we’re past any potential for a freeze, you’ll find me in the garden.  In the meantime, there are few things to tend to now.

How to Prune Crepe Myrtles and More Winter Gardening Tips: Mrs. Hines' Class

It’s a good time to prune your crepe myrtle trees, if you haven’t already.  This article by Southern Living shows you how to prune crepe myrtles properly.

How to Prune Crepe Myrtles and More Winter Gardening Tips: Mrs. Hines' Class

“They” say that Valentine’s day is a good time to prune your knock out roses.  Prune them to about 1/3 of the desired height, and be sure to trim away any dead stems or branches.

How to Prune Crepe Myrtles and More Winter Gardening Tips: Mrs. Hines' Class

You can also start growing seedlings indoors to be planted outside once all danger of frost has passed.  I’ve never done this, but I think I’m going to give it a try.

How to Prune Crepe Myrtles and More Winter Gardening Tips: Mrs. Hines' Class

A bit of trivia, did you know that a cloche is meant to shelter young plants from frost?

How does your garden grow?  ;)

See you in class,

Mrs. Hines


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After 17 years in an elementary classroom, Mrs. Hines retired from teaching to pursue her passions: decorating, writing and homemaking. While her formal education is in teaching, she discovered her talent for design at a young age and is a self-taught decorator. Mrs. Hines' DIY spirit has earned her appearances on the show Deals which airs on the Live Well Network. She continues to teach and inspire on her popular Lifestyle blog, Mrs. Hines' Class. Blogging allows Mrs. Hines to hone her natural skills as a writer and has led to the launch of The Write Touch, an online editorial service. Homemaking is Mrs. Hines' first love. So, when she isn't decorating or writing, you can find her at home watching television with Mr. Hines or trying to keep up with her teenaged daughter.

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  1. Your picture of those knock-out roses make me want to plants lots of them this spring!

  2. I love them! They definitely need full sun.

  3. I think our azaleas are confused because they are already blooming this year…earlier than usual. A few months back we pulled out every single bush in our front flower beds because they were hideous. I cannot wait to plant something new this year and ready to get started! Anything you suggest?

  4. You could try encore azaleas which bloom spring, summer and fall. Part sun to part/shade plants to replace the azaleas: gardenias, camelias, hydrangeas. Oh, and bridal wreath spirea is a great companion plant for azaleas. They bloom together in early spring and its a stunning display.

    Knockout roses are great for spots that get full sun.

  5. I have some seedlings and a yard full of nothing but sunshine waiting for plants. I love your knockout roses, but worry about bee’s, as I am highly allergic to them. Would love to plant some though…Yours are just to beautiful, that I may just take my chances anyway.

  6. I am sooo looking forward to getting out in the garden too! So far all I’ve done is clean up debris as we’ve had some terrible wind storms lately. I haven’t seen any crepe myrtle trees before, I should see if they grow in my zone – thanks!

  7. I need to start doing some clean up, too. Crepe myrtles are really pretty and in the winter when the leaves are gone, the bark is still really pretty. I’ve read they are cold hardy down to zone 7, possibly six. I’m in Zone 9a.

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