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
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