Most gardeners have heard of the term Deadheading, - taking off spent flowers from Roses and annuals, to make they last longer. But I like Sarah Raven's phrase of Live heading, to mean taking off flowers while they are still looking good enough to put in a vase, and creating new flower growth in the meantime.
Yesterday I had a great example of that with Erysimum Bowles Mauve
It started flowering in March, and although the flowers aren't dead yet, I want to encourage lots of new growth to keep it flowering all the way through to December (which it did last year), so I gave it a good live heading.
I took all the flower stems back to the next leaf joint, and in most cases, there were some buds waiting to grow away there. When I finished, the plant looked just as purple, but not as scraggly.
These are Erysimum viewed over the neighbours fence, - planted at the same time, these now have almost no leaves on them, as they don't get liveheaded or even deadheaded.