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The garden that I work in has several veronicastrum virginicum 'lav..'. They are 4 years old and have reached a height of 1.5m. They are now dead - brown and black. I have only just started work on this garden and thought i would leave the seed for the birds. What do i do? Do i cut them back/ Have they finished their life altogether? I have 1.5metres of dead plant.....

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  • Posted: Fri. 18th November 2011 09:22

Re: Veronicastrum

Reply from Louise Yates M.A.

Yes! Leave the browning stems until they start to collapse later in the winter.
Not only do they provide foraging opportunities for wildlife but also help you remember what's where in the depths of the brown-muddy winter time and everything is dormant! Makes your winter planning easier as you don't have to try to remember what they contribute to the garden in the height of summer!

  • Posted: Fri. 18th November 2011 11:07