Here are some tips on spring care for your plants:
• Anemone: Cut back the stems and pull out stray or spreading shoots.
• Bee balm: Cut back old stems and pull up plants that are spreading too far.
• Brunnera: Rake or snap away old foliage because this plant blooms early.
• Butterfly bush: Cut back stems to 6 inches above ground before growth begins.
• Coneflowers: Cut back stems and rake up damaged rosettes to make space for new growth.
• Daylily: Rake or pull dead growth, being gentle not to pull up new starts.
• Mums: Most did not make it through the winter, but with winter’s mild temperatures, some are turning green under last fall’s brown foliage. Cut stems down and fertilize those with green sprouts.
• Hellebores: Cut the damaged leaves to reveal new growth and flower buds.
• Hostas: New growth is late to appear so take a rake to get rid of dead foliage from last year, which give slugs a home.
• Iris (bearded): Hopefully, you cleared away old foliage last fall to rid the plant of bores’ eggs. Your task now is to rake up residue gently so the rhizomes are protected from injury.
• Lady’s mantle: Rake away shriveled leaves and stems, being careful not to harm above-ground crowns and new growth.
• Lavender: Wait until new growth appears, then prune back old woody stems by at least 2 inches to shape the plant.
• Sedum (tall): If you left stems standing for winter interest, cut back to just above the emerging growth. You may want to spray Deer Off on the new growth as it is a favorite of deer.
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