The Q&A Archives: Dried up bushes of perennials

Question: I just bought my first home and the earlier home-owners had perennials in their backyard that dried up in the winter. Since I'm a total novice, I did not cut the dried bushes thinking they might reflower. The lavendar plants that had dried up just started reflowering but the other flowers like angelita daisies just dried up. I cut back the angelita daisy plants to 6-8 inches above the ground. Those are still dry but for last 2 weeks I see new shoots springing up in between the dried up branches. Should I just dig up the old dried up plant or leave it in the ground?

Answer: Anjana,

Cut all the old growth that died back to a few inches of the ground so as the new growth comes in the plant will appear attractive and fresh. In future years you can cut the perennials back at the end of winter which is easier than trying to do so when new growth is coming in.

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