Clip off any broken stems and spent flowers to make way for fall splendor.
- by Debra Anchors
|Fairy Roses and Lavender|
Remove all the dried seedpods of daylilies and iris, being careful to prune the woody stems all the way down for a tidy appearance. Then gather up your courage and cut back any tattered foliage that makes your garden look over the hill. Particularly in a dry summer, daylilies, iris, cranesbills, lady’s mantle, speedwell and even astilbes take on a decrepit look that won’t improve without this kind of radical action.
Mulch around the newly groomed plants with compost or well-rotted manure, and water them well.
Fill in the blanks – Make some notes about which areas are now vacant before the foliage grows back; these are ideal spaces to plant bulbs in the fall. Next spring you’ll have drifts of color between perennials before they leaf out fully; and by the time your daffodils and tulips have finished blooming and their leaves have turned yellow, the perennial foliage will expand to cover the spent plants.
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