To Cut Back or Not to Cut Back?
When fall and Jack Frost roll around, should you cut back your perennials? The Test Garden has the answer!
Generally, you do want to cut back your plants prior to the next spring -- but there are some exceptions. Here are some dos and don'ts to ensure healthy, thriving plants next season.
DO cut them back if...When lilies start to die back, you can cut them.
You've just had a frost, and the plant is starting to die back: Wait until after the first frost to cut plants back. Cut them about 3 to 4 inches from the ground so you can easily see where your plant is next spring. Feel free to compost the cuttings.