Tidy up brown­ing fo­liage

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In a boggy spot near a pond, the dra­matic rounded leaves of

Darmera peltata (um­brella plant) make a de­light­ful state­ment in sum­mer and then au­tumn as they take on their red­dish hues. How­ever, once the fo­liage starts to die off and turn brown, it needs cut­ting back to pre­vent the plant from turn­ing into an eye­sore. Us­ing sharp se­ca­teurs, cut each leaf right back to the base of the plant. You can cut them up and add them to your com­post heap. The flower stalks will emerge in spring on bare stems, fol­lowed by a new man­tle of leaves.

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