April 15, 2021

How to prune perennial herbs

Get the most from your perennial herbs for years to come with these pruning & care tips…

Perennials made a great addition to your garden, as you only have to plant them once and as long as you take care of them, they’ll keep coming back year after year. Perennial herbs are some of the best plants to grow in your garden; they’re generally easy to care for, hardy in many types of climates, and even though some types may grow slowly over the years, a little goes a long way in flavoring your meals. Herbs are also one of the more expensive items to buy at the store, so growing your own perennial herb garden can save you a bundle over time!

Many gardeners choose to grow both culinary and medicinal herbs, while some grow one or the other. Either way, you’ll save money and enjoy fresh flavor that can’t be beat (or matched) by store-bought herbs!

While leafy annual herbs don’t usually need to be pruned (with the exception of basil), perennial herbs like lavender, rosemary, and thyme can definitely benefit from proper pruning. These herbs should be pruned in early spring, typically while the plant is still dormant. Each herb has its own needs and preferences when it comes to pruning. Depending on the herb, this can involve simply removing dead plant material, cutting it back all the way to the ground, or actually changing the shape of the plant to help it grow the way you desire.

Taking care of your perennial herbs with proper pruning and soil and plant care can yield flavorful dividends for years to come!

The video below shares some helpful tips for pruning different types of herbs to maximize yield, improve plant health, and keep your perennials coming back strong year after year:

Read more about growing perennial herbs at MelissaKNorris.com

 

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Rose S.

An avid gardener since childhood, I love sharing my passion for gardening with others! I have gardened in a number of different climates and settings, from large fenced garden plots, to tiny patio and container gardens, and I firmly believe that everyone can learn to grow at least some of their own food - no matter where you live. Growing your own food can help you take control of your own health and food supply, and there has never been a better time to get started!

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