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Herbaceous Perennials and Ornamental Grasses

“Cutting Down Herbaceous Perennials And Ornamental Grasses“

To save time in spring and keep the garden looking tidy, cut down and remove dead growth on herbaceous perennials. 

Exceptions here would be for plants such as the mighty Gunnera that need their crown protecting from any frost. All you need to do with Gunnera is cut the stem of the dying leaves to within 10-15cm from their base, then take 4 or 5 and place them over the crown to shield it from the winter cold.

Leave any strong stemmed perennials with seed heads such as Sedum. These will catch the winter frost on their saucer shaped seed heads and sparkle in the low winter sun.

It's your choice whether to cut back ornamental grasses such as Miscanthus now, or leave them to glitter in the winter frosts then cut back in the new year before new shoots emerge in last seasons' blades. When you do decide to cut them down, make a clean cut across all the swords at 2-3 inches above the ground. These cuttings can then be added to your compost heap.

“Prune Wisteria To Help Encourage Beautiful Spring Blooms“

Ever wondered why your wisteria fails to put on a show of lovely flowers in the spring? More often than not it's down to getting the pruning right. 

Follow our advice and your wisteria should produce a wealth of flower buds come spring.

Resist the temptation to hack off large sections of your wisteria as these plants respond well to the correct methods and will look all the better for it. The only times you may need to prune further is to prevent them from entering into window frames, gutters and doors.

Prune Wisteria