Tidy scabious for winter
Scabious make good cut flowers through the summer and this year they continued to flower until late November. To tidy the plants up for the winter you can now trim back all the old flower heads and long stalks, but don’t cut the plants back too hard at this stage. If the seed heads are in good condition, they can be saved and used in dried arrangements through the winter.
If you lift your dahlia tubers and haven’t done it yet, do it as soon as possible before it turns very frosty. If you live in a mild area and don’t lift them, after cu ing down the old growth, apply a thick mulch over the soil to give some protection to the tubers through winter.
Make sure that seedlings of hardy annuals growing in a greenhouse are kept just moist over the winter to keep them ticking over.
Give perennial scabious plants a light tidy up