The snap in the air signifies more than just the arrival of winter — it means that it’s officially time to clean out the perennial beds.
This can be a challenge even for the most experienced gardener because we always forget the specific treatment for any new species or plants that we’ve added to beds. Case in point — last fall I whacked a Russian sage to the ground, treating it like a regular sage, and almost killed it in the process. Total garden fail on my part.
For the novice gardener, there are a few options.