As the ornamental garden progresses through the spring, it is time to clear out and clean up spent growth like that of spring bulbs, but only after it has turned brown. As long as those daffodil and tulip leaves are still green, they are producing for next spring’s display. In the meantime, don’t cut, braid or bind up the foliage of spring blooming bulbs.

Alliums are still in bloom, and even once they have finished, the spiky seed heads are attractive additions to the summer garden. Leave them in place or if desired cut them back once they and their foliage have turned brown. 

Pulmonaira or lungwort has finished blooming. This low-growing shade plant is a favorite of hummingbirds that cannot resist the tiny blue and pink bells. Now that the blooms have faded, be sure to remove the seed heads if you don’t want a Pulmonaira population explosion. But if you want more plants, by all means, leave them there. You’ll get plenty to share or transplant elsewhere in the garden. Note that if you have more than one variety of lungwort in your garden, the offspring might not be true to their parents as this is one plant that crossbreeds and creates its own hybrids.

This is also a good time to remove Myosotis scorpioides or forget-me-nots. Wonderful airy pale blue blooms are delightful in the early spring, but this plant has finished blooming and most have started going to seed. If left in the garden it will most likely soon develop powdery mold, making it unsightly and a possible contamination to other plants. Go ahead and pull the entire plant and don’t worry, there will be plenty more to replace it next spring.

   

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