The “Not to Do” List

 In Go Go Green Thumbs

Written by: Sumati Shah


Think of this as reassurance that rest is indeed needed, after all we’re going into the season of hibernation. We are in the transition that is Autumn.


While there’s much to prepare for the winter, there are a few perennials that will thank you for leaving them alone until springtime before pruning away their dead leaves and stems; they appreciate the shelter their own growth provides during the winter rest.

Rule of Green Thumbs: Some perennials prefer a winter coat – leave some cleanup for Spring!

These plants will suddenly seem more reliable and will shine all the brighter if you save their tidying for the Springtime wake up.

Here are the top 13  perennials to cross off your To Do List for fall: 

  1. Astilbe
  2. Autumn Joy Sedum (upright sedum)
  3. Campanula (Bellflower)
  4. Buddleia (Butterfly bush)
  5. Lobelia (Cardinal Flower)
  6. Heuchera (Coral Bells, many hybrids)
  7. Euphorbia (spurge, many types and names)
  8. Delphinium
  9. Dianthus (many species)
  10. Alchemilla (Lady’s Mantle)
  11. Lavender (She’s a Woody Sub Shrub)
  12. Rudbeckia (Black Eyed Susan) The plant can actually be pruned, but the seeds are enjoyed all winter by so many songbirds! 
  13. Mums (Fall Chrysanthemums)


Go Go Green Thumbs!



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