I'm curious as to when you all do you garden clean-up chores....Fall or Spring....or some of both.
I'm trying to do more in the Fall lately, rather than wait until Spring, especially with the Cone flowers, and Rudbeckias. I have quite enough of them, and I don't need them to show off their winter interest, spreading their seeds all over my garden where I don't want them!
I'm cutting back spent perennials to about 6", and it's interesting to view the changing contours of the garden, revealing more of the Fall blooming plants. Gives new depth to my gardens. I still have some Phlox blooming, but others have turned ugly and mildewy, so down they come, along with brown Lily stalks, Daylily scapes, and anything else that has turned brown.
However, I leave the Hostas die down on their own. They are all in different stages of still green to golden to completely brown.....very interesting color changes.