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Can you cut down the perennials once they start dying


 
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Clarabel
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:53 am    Post subject: Can you cut down the perennials once they start dying Reply with quote

makes the garden look horrid with "dying" plants all over. Or do they need to die off themselvse?

At the moment its the poppies and chives.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chop your chives right down and they will regenerate very quickly with very appetising new growth.
As for perennials generally, you should keep dead-heading to encourage flowering. Otherwise, as I am not an expert, I have slowly learnt which ones benefit from an early chop. For instance, the hardy geraniums can give you a second flush of fresh foliage and flowers if cut right back after flowering.....also astrantias. You'll learn by experience.
As for the later perennials, it depends on whether you're a neatness freak, or whether the skeletal shapes appeal to you over the winter...and the birds and insects probably benefit from a relatively "untidy" approach.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This article may be of interest to you Clarabel...... How to prune your perennials when they look a bit tired.
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