I realized I needed to clean up my front perennial garden a bit this morning. All kinds of bulbs and new plant growth were making their way up under the flattened leaves I left in the garden for winter protection. My ornamental grasses were not upright like last year when we had little snow – they were lying in thick clumps on the soil, covering new growth as well.
Yes, the snow is gone (except where the piles were extra huge from shoveling) and instantaneously, everything underground couldn’t wait to see the light. So when I walked by my garden after a walk, I realized I needed to cut back the grass sooner than later, move those clippings to my veggie garden and also rake out the remaining leaves. I filled up a barrel!
Here are before and after photos of the garden and some signs of spring, along with 2 really nice surprises I discovered!
Last fall I trimmed my lavender plants pretty far down to the ground, especially one that was huge and taking over. I wasn’t sure if new growth would start since I have always left them taller and so I was happy to see lots of new green hiding in the stalks that I know I can cut back now even further.
Saving the best for last! Because of all the snow we had this year the whole winter (several feet), my zone 6 agastache actually made it through my zone 5 north-side facing front garden! (Supposedly I am in zone 6 but without snow, agastache never makes it and I always buy a new one.) There are 2 or 3 shoots visible but I am going to cover them up with some leaves a while longer because of night temperatures below freezing.