7 Perennials You Should Cut Back Every Fall

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Hostas (Hosta spp.): Trimming hostas in the fall tidies up the garden and prevents slugs from overwintering in the foliage. Cut back the foliage to ground level after it has died back naturally..

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Daylilies (Hemerocallis spp.): Removing spent foliage and flower stems from daylilies in the fall keeps the garden looking neat and prevents disease. Cut the foliage back to a few inches above the ground.

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Peonies (Paeonia spp.): Trimming peonies in the fall helps prevent fungal diseases. Cut back the foliage to ground level after it has died back in the fall.

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Sedum (Sedum spp.): Fall pruning of sedum helps prevent the stems from flopping over and encourages a bushier growth habit. Cut back the stems to within a few inches of the ground.

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Astilbe (Astilbe spp.): Removing spent flower stalks and trimming back the foliage in the fall helps keep astilbes tidy and prevents disease. Cut the foliage back to ground level.

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Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia spp.): Trimming back black-eyed Susans in the fall removes spent flowers and encourages new growth for the following year. Cut the foliage back to a few inches above the ground.

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Coral Bells (Heuchera spp.): Pruning coral bells in the fall helps rejuvenate the plants and prevents disease. Trim back any dead or damaged foliage to ground level.