Bulbs are the most welcomed sight in spring, but quickly become unattractive as their foliage dies back. Though the yellowing foliage may be unsightly, don’t be too hasty to tidy things up. The bulbs underground are capturing valuable nutrients from the foliage as it dies back, storing that energy to support next season’s blooms. Wait until the foliage dies back naturally before removing the dead material. It is hard to resist mowing the foliage off of bulbs that have beco
As the weather warms we will start to see new growth emerge from our ornamental grasses and find new sprouts from the base of herbaceous perennials. If you have not done so already, take advantage of this week’s warm weather to cut back ornamental grasses and remove dead stems from herbaceous perennials before new growth emerges. Try tying up the stalks with string to make the job easier. A hand shears or pruner will be the best tool for the job. Cut back small grasses to
I adore hellebores for their resilience. When other flowers in the garden are fast asleep hellebores decide it is time to show off by putting on a delightful floral display. They bloom in shades of lavender, pink, burgundy, purple, green, and yellow to cheer the winter garden. When I see the first blossoms peak out through the foliage, I take this as a cue to give my hellebores a quick clean-up. Faded foliage can often hide many of the cheery blooms. Trimming back dead f
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