Tending the Garden – February 24, 2015

Liriope cut back and ready for new growth

Liriope cut back and ready for new growth

Be sure and cut ornamental grasses back before new shoots appear

Be sure and cut ornamental grasses back before new shoots appear

Today, my Tuesday garden buddies worked at the Japanese Garden in the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. We basically spent all morning grooming big-blue liriope, bamboo and ornamental grasses. The bamboo, of course, is still dormant, but the liriope and ornamental grasses had a few leaves forming in the crown. That means if you are planning on cutting either back, and not damage the look of the plants this year, you need to cut these back as soon as possible. We also dug out seedlings of unwanted plants today. My guess is that with it being so late in February, we will be having some early color in this garden soon.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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