Almost too late for perennial cut backs

I was cutting off the dead tops of perennials like zexmenia, inland sea oats, tropical milkweed, gregg mkstflower and lantanas last week and seeing how our warm winter and early spring weather has motivated the plants to start growing already, at least two weeks earlier than normal. If you haven’t cut back your perennials yet, you should do it now. I have gotten the most questions about trailing lantanas because they are still blooming. It is important to cut them down even if they are blooming because if you allow them to grow they will become totally humoungous and swallow your garden this summer. They also will have some dead stems and dead leaves on them that will look ugly and interfere with the new spring growth.  

 

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