Cutting Back Perennials - Knowledgebase Question

Hampshire, Il
Question by caroledazzo
August 18, 2008
Hi again,
I forgot to mention 6 other perennials that I have--do I leave them in the fall or do I cut them down??
Sweet Williams
Thrift (Armeria Maritima)
Calla Lily
Lily of the Valley

Thank you,

Answer from NGA
August 18, 2008


There's always some controversy about cutting perennials down in the fall. I prefer to leave mine alone until early spring. Although you could remove the dead foliage after the first frost, if you leave it in the garden it will help insulate the roots of the plants over the winter months. Then in early spring you can remove all the debris and your plants will spring right up. Enjoy your garden!

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