Prune your peren­ni­als 12 good rea­sons to give your herba­ceous plants a timely chop

Tidy­ing the gar­den is just one of many rea­sons to give plants a timely chop. Tracy DiSa­bato-Aust ex­plains why, when and how to prune

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Peren­ni­als can be pruned in lots of dif­fer­ent ways and for lots of dif­fer­ent rea­sons. What, how and when to prune de­pends on your lo­ca­tion, the age of the plant and what the weather has been like that year. The con­di­tion of the plant, whether it’s healthy or stressed, and fer­til­ity of the soil will also af­fect its prun­ing re­quire­ments. Watch your plants closely: they’ll usu­ally tell you by their ap­pear­ance what kind of prun­ing they need. If in doubt, ex­per­i­ment – leggy, tatty old growth and new fresh growth at the base of a plant are red flags sum­mon­ing the se­ca­teurs. You won’t hurt your plants by ex­per­i­ment­ing; most peren­ni­als are very for­giv­ing. Use the in­for­ma­tion here as a guide­line, then ex­per­i­ment, have fun and learn as you go.

Dead­head­ing can re­vive peren­ni­als and en­cour­age re­peat bloom­ing, so give your late-sum­mer daisies a tidy trim

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