Autumn is a great time to divide herbaceous perennials – not only does this keep them looking their best by retaining their health and vigor, it also gives you lots of new plants to use around the garden and to give away to fellow gardening friends.
When it comes to dividing, it’s important to know which plants should be done now and which should be left until the Spring. Generally, the majority of plants can be divided now and over the next six weeks or so – that includes likes of Salvia, Geranium, Astilbe and Sedum. The only exception is tender late-flowering perennials, such as Heleniums and Echinacea, as well as ornamental grasses – it is best to leave these till next year to give them the best chance of surviving the Winter.
Below we’ve included our step-by-step guide to get you started with dividing. Follow this and your plants will be looking good in no time!
1. Don’t divide a plant too soon. Plants generally require 2-3 years of healthy growth before they are...