after snow cleanup?
This flopped & flattened appearance isn't what I imagined looking at all winter after adding more perennials this past year.
The dark, drooping leaves touching other plants are such a contrast to the blooms the week before on our white masterwort, mophead hydrangea, Japanese anemone, pansies, calendula, mums, calibrocha, asters, fuchsia, and serbian bellflower.
Do I clean up the messy stuff or let things be for now?
I've read to only cut back what is mushy & leave the dry & crispy to help protect the crown. Yet, I am thinking about pushing aside the drooping leaves upon other plants that still look good such as:
The weight of the snow created some splayed and flopped plants onto one another. Let them all be or ... ?
Miscanthus sinesis 'Variegata'
Euphorbia 'Blue Mist'
'Autumn Joy' sedums
Daylilies (some are dormant, but not all)
Lemon Balm (some of it not all of them)
Oh, it's a mess out there and slugs are going to have a smorgasbord. Please forgive my naivety about gardening for year round interest when I inter-planted everything for various seasons in the same beds.
What are you doing to take care of your gardens after the storm?