Northern & Central Midwest
Plant Information Service
This Web site for the Chicago Botanic Garden Plant Information Service archives questions and answers from many years, and is a wealth of information for the home and professional gardener in midwestern regions.
Clever Gardening Technique
Using Hedge Shears to Cut Back Perennials
Tired of struggling with the ropey leaves of daylilies, ornamental grasses, and other tough-leaved perennials? Use a well-sharpened pair of hedge shears to make short work of the task. In fall there is no need to be quite as meticulous when cutting out dead foliage, and hand pruners will leave you frustrated and with a sore hand. Hedge shears are quick and handy.