“Cupcakes” In The Garden

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Do you like cupcakes?  

Do you prefer a plain cupcake with no frosting?

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 Or maybe you like just a little bit of frosting….

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Of course, many people like cupcakes with a thin layer of frosting on the top….

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I don’t know about you, but I prefer an entire piece of cake (which is much bigger then a cupcake) with lots of frosting all over it….

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How about you?


After I walked out into my back garden this weekend and seeing my Sage shrubs in full bloom, I just couldn’t resist another post about the unfortunate practice of formerly pruning flowering shrubs into ‘cupcake’ shapes.

Of course you can read more if you like:

Flowering Shrubs Aren’t Meant To Be Cupcakes

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
7 replies
  1. rosiemomma
    rosiemomma says:

    Oh the sage bloom just took my breath away this last week. It never lasts long enough though. If you ever do a post on how to prune them once they've bloomed, (we stopped shearing ours after reading your posts) I would LOVE it. They are a bit unruly and blocking walkways but we really want to do it right! LOVE your blog!

  2. Rohrerbot
    Rohrerbot says:

    These plants should be left in their natural shapes. I always hated living in my apartment complex….just before they'd bloom, the bushes would be trimmed. Very sad. I like plants to look natural:) SO more frosting please:)

  3. Kari
    Kari says:

    We moved here from CO in July and I still find it so strange that they trim the bushes here to death. I have never seen so many lawn worker around, and I have lived in ND, MN and CO. We have a huge beautiful all natural sage at our rental house and it is stunning. Glad I stumbled on your blog, we are also a adoptive family.

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