When most people think of pruning perennials, the first thing they think of is tidying up their garden before spring. However, there may be times you wish to take a more advanced approach to how you treat herbaceous perennials in your garden throughout the season. As with most things in life, timing is everything. Now is a great time to grab some loppers, head out into the garden, and experiment.
Often when June rolls around in my Tennessee garden, I take a look around and want to clean up the appearance of many of my herbaceous perennials. Sometimes this is because they have finished flowering and I want to encourage another flush of blooms. Sometimes it is because heat or disease has made them not look their best, or because I want to delay their bloom to later in the season on a shorter plant.
Midseason perennial pruning in the…
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