As many of you Kansas City gardeners may know, the warm spring gave us a bit of a shock this year. If you hadn’t done your pruning and other timely spring garden chores yet, chances are they slipped right by you. But one thing you still have time to do is cut back your perrennials in the garden.
Many true gardeners know that cutting back your perennials help to give the garden a better appearance. Also called pinching, a perennial that has been pinched back is usually stockier, short and not as likely to flop over in the garden as horticulture agent Dennis Patton states. To get a little more technical, when you pinch a plant you are removing the growing point of the stem. This results in the development of side shoots. Oftentimes, two to four shoots are produced by one growing shoot.
Here is a list of a few garden perennials that benefit from a one-time pinching:
- Sedum (Autumn Joy)
- Solidago (Goldenrod)
- Platycoden (Balloon Flower)
- Eupitorum (Joe Pye Weed)
- Nepeta (Catmint)
Have you already pinched the perennials in your Kansas City area garden?
Source: kcgardens.kansascity.com, Photo Credit: kansasnativeplants.com