Perennials Taking Over
I have recently moved to France, gorgeous, well stocked garden, however, weeds grow like wild fire, am slowly working my way through the flowerbeds clearing away nettles 6 foot high, ferns and brambles etc. discovering amazing plants beneath.
However, one of the beds I have got under control (she says...) has an abundance of echinops, euphorbia & phlomis - all huge and extremely well spread. (only know the names of these plants because of these forums by the way, am definitely no expert) and I don't quite know what to do with them.
Books I have read recommend leaving echinops and phlomis for the birds and lovely winter foliage, but really there are way too many echinops, the phlomis is 5 foot high and overhanging/drooping onto the lawn (use that term loosely) and everytime I see it I want to chop it back.
What should I do, wait until spring or hack at it now? Don't want to kill anything but would like to feel as if I was the one under control - a little bit at least.
Also, have a lot of climbing roses (some on the roof of the house) and feel as if they should be better controlled too. Although been lots of flowers not sure the quality of the blooms is up to much really, they are well established - do you think they could take a good pruning?
Any advice gratefully received!