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Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS Most spent flowers, such as these lilies, should have dead buds removed, but not be fully trimmed back until after a hard frost, said Jodie Ramsay. Perennials need to keep their leaves in order to store energy to last through the winter and grow back in the spring.

It’s prime time for perennials

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As the daylight hours continue to last for less of the day and poison sumac leaves change to deep burgundy, it is becoming more obvious that autumn is on its way. Early fall can be a great time to work with perennials in the garden.

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