There should be a significant amount of basal growth at their bases to allow the tall, rangy stems to be cut off without harming the plant.
If you don't prune them now they will get woody and tend to flop over on neighboring plants. Do not prune perennials that bloom in the spring, such as lavender and yarrow and or you will remove the buds and you won't have any flowers in the upcoming months.A good rule of thumb is to always prune after a plant has bloomed.
Once they have been pruned, a dose of fertilizer and a good mulching and they are good to go for another season!
There are a number that do well in our climate once established, such as asparagus, artichokes, rhubarb, horseradish and watercress.
There are others that are often grown as annuals but will return in our mild climate and can be grown as perennials such as kale, garlic and radicchio.
It may take a little work to get some of them going, such as asparagus, but you will be rewarded with many years of fresh vegetables from the same plants year in and year out. And just think how unique you will be with your homemade horseradish sauce to share with your friends instead of salsa or zucchini bread!
Consider a clivia plant! Now is the time to pick them out in the nursery to be sure you get the color bloom you are looking for.
They come in all shades of orange from deep reddish to almost apricot and yellows that go from intense and bright to soft and pastel. Flowers can have variegation on the blooms themselves. The foliage is typically dark green, although there are some rare variegated ones and it looks good year round.
With good drainage these plants are drought tolerant once established, however they do need shelter from the sun because the foliage may sunburn in direct sunlight.
They make good container plants and are often grown as houseplants in harsher climates, but we are lucky that we can grow them right outside in our gardens quite easily.
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