Tidy scabi­ous for win­ter

Garden News (UK) - - WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK -

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

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