Car­ing for plants in the ground

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

Au­tumn-planted peren­ni­als need ex­tra care and at­ten­tion to keep them healthy and flow­er­ing for longer as the weather de­te­ri­o­rates.

Re­move dead or dam­aged ma­te­rial when plant­ing, so it can’t pro­vide an en­try point for pests and dis­ease.

Avoid plac­ing plants too close to­gether. They need space for air­flow and proper growth to keep them ro­bust and re­duce the risk of fun­gal prob­lems such as mildew.

Dead­head reg­u­larly, but at the end of the sea­son it can be worth leav­ing some seed­heads in place as they look at­trac­tive when cov­ered in win­ter frost and pro­vide food for gar­den birds and over-win­ter­ing in­sects.

Re­move dead and dam­aged plant ma­te­rial

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