Don’t Be Shy: Cut These Plants Back Before Spring!
March is an ideal time to cut back the following garden plants. It is a much easier task before the new growth appears.
Jason Reeves is the curator of University of Tennessee Gardens located in Jackson, Tenn. He has a Master’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from UT. Jason’s colorful plant combinations and unique garden art, made by recycling everyday objects, draws several thousand people to the gardens each year. He is also known for his elaborate fall pumpkin and gourd display at the gardens. His past experiences include work at the Missouri Botanical Garden, at Longwood Gardens and in private gardens in New Zealand. Jason also leads domestic and international garden tours and is a contributing editor to Fine Gardening magazine.
With this winter’s temperatures dipping lower than in recent years throughout much of the country, some plants may have been lost while others are only damaged. Don’t be overzealous in removing them from the garden. Established woody plants with top growth killed stand a good chance of returning from their roots. It could be as late as June before you know for sure.