Cutting Back Tall Herbaceous Plants
Autumn garden maintenance is important to ensure tidy borders & healthy plants coming into the winter months.
Herbaceous plants are plants that do not develop a woody stem, they only have fresh green stems which die down after summer. These dead stems are of no use & should be cut back in autumn.
When to cut back
- After flowering in Autumn
What you will need
- Garden secateurs
Why we do it
- To tidy up our borders after the summer
- Remove old flowering stems. Using a secateurs, cut stems back to base
- Remove any dead foliage around the base of the plants
- Check for fresh growth at the base of your plants. Green buds or new shoots are early signs of next year’s foliage. These new shoots must not be removed
- Old foliage can be kept in place as this will help to protect against frost
- When removing flowering stems you can collect the ripe seeds
- Clean, dry & store seeds before sowing them next the following spring