Lark or Keywee,
Do you or anyone know of good videos to watch for trimming back perennials in the Spring? I have watched a few on Youtube but I am nervous on how far to trim mine back. I read in the Well Tended Perennial Garden what I can trim back but would like to see someone actually go in their garden and do it.
I don't know of any videos but maybe Lark will make one when she trims hers? You don't need to be so nervous ~ perennials are very forgiving. That's why I prefer them over annuals any day. When you do your garden clean up (some folks do fall, some in spring) you can trim your perennials back all the way to the ground to get rid of the dead stuff. If you are worried about trimming back during the growing season in order to get a rebloom ~ just cut off the spent flowers. This also helps control reseeding in some plants that could otherwise get out of control. Other than that, I trim during the summer as I choose, if I think plants are getting too big. You may not have that problem in WI, but here in KY plants like butterfly bush get SO huge, you sometimes have to trim (after blooming) just to stay in control.
If you want to, we could go plant-by-plant ~ which perennials are you most worried about when it comes to trimming?
Thanks for the reply. The ones I am questioning have far to trim down in spring before July 4th as Lark previous mentioned so by fall they don't fall over from being to tall:
Sedum- I watched one video the guy trimmed his back by half by end of June. I have six plants and they are huge already.
Phlox-White- These get really tall and see to tower over my other plants, can these be trimmed back by end of June?
I appreciate your help.
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