Even though many perennials do well when cut back in fall, remember that some perennials are actually quite attractive throughout the winter months. Why not leave them if you’re not sure and make notes this year of which ones could use a good trimming (cut back to 6 to 8 inches) next fall and which ones you should allow to languish over the winter months because they add to your winter landscape?
Some perennials have seed heads that are equally attractive (Black-eyed Susan, Coneflower, Yarrow) especially once they’re dusted with snow and also provide food to birds who stick around. Also don’t cut back your evergreen perennials nor your alpines. So, if your other perennials are messy in the fall, clean them up but if not, leave them until spring. You’ll be glad you did.
Health conscious people are aware of the human connection to the plants living upon this earth, and how vital plants are to our very existence. We know that the environmental health of where we grow our food has a direct impact on the quality of the food we eat and therefore a direct impact upon our health. We are also quite aware that the future of our planet is dependent upon the health of the planet’s forests. Besides the great forests and food producing farm lands, there is another area where plants grow that directly impacts our health: the plants growing around our homes.
The role that our landscape plants play in our lives is often overlooked. The trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers that grow right outside our doors have far more value in our lives than most people give them credit for. It seems that most people appreciate the beauty of a nicely planted and maintained yard, but the benefits go far beyon...