July: Flopping Perennials

Some late spring/early summer perennials such as golden marguerite, some shasta daisies and artemisia ‘flop open’ or lay down.  Cut them down to the crown when the bloom period is over.  If this action is done early enough in the summer, the plant will produce new growth.  The foliage on other perennials such as the Centaurea montana will become extremely unattractive after blooming. Cut such foliage to the ground and allow new growth to occur.