jamesabcdef Posts: 1
I planted a beautiful cottage garden this year (first time) with about 70 perennials. I dead headed them quite conscientiously in mid to late summer, but have done nothing since. I'm aware that I should check which ones are vulnerable to frost and deal with that. But should I now do the other work that I should have done in the autumn, e.g., dead-heading and cutting down to ground level etc as appropriate, or should I leave it till some other time? James.
If you have slightly tender ones like penstemon it's best to leave them as the top growth does give some protection .
Of course if you have any still in flower obviously leave those.
If you want advice on specific plants ask away but its best to limit it to 2 or 3 at a time.
And finally welcome to the forum
I cut back anything that looks really rough, but if I think it might be a bit on the edge of being totally hardy, I leave some stalks. Anything that's not completely reliable would be lifted.
I don't grow much that can't cope with my climate though, which makes it easier, and sometimes you need to experiment a little
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...