TIME TO LOOK AFTER PERENNIALS
Cut back, pot-up and occasionally be ruthless!
PERENNIALS are the backbone of borders. To keep them, performing well year in, year out, they need looking after. Growing, flowering and producing seed heads takes a lot out of plants, so take time now to go round and remove bedraggled foliage, dead flowers and most of their ripe seed heads.
I like to leave a few in situ because they provide food for wildlife and many also look attractive and add interest to the garden in winter when there isn’t much else around to look at.
Check for pests and disease too. Slugs and snails tuck themselves away among dense foliage and autumn’s warm, damp days create ideal conditions for fungal problems. Leaves affected by rust, black spot, mildew and other fungal diseases should be removed and either burned or binned. Don’t compost them as the spores will contaminate the garden when you next spread your compost.
After removing diseased plant material always clean your cutting equipment. Keep it sharp too, as blunt edges tear and damage stems, creating an entry point for problems.
Cut back roses by one-third to help protect them from root rock in storm weather Dispose of or burn rose leaves with black spot
Seed heads have an architectural beauty