It is March, winter’s end, and time to cut back the grasses and perennials in the Perennial Meadow gardens here in Amsterdam.
It is still possible that some grasses are beautiful even after a long wet winter, but it is now time to cut them back and tidy up the garden.
Some grasses like Hakonechloa and Molinia can be simply tidied by tugging at the dead foliage with a gloved hand. The foliage of these grasses is brittle and breaks away from their crowns easily. Other grasses like Sporobolus and Pennisetum are not so accommodating and you need to take your secateurs to them.
By the end of winter the grasses are bleached but earlier their autumnal tints can be spectacular and dramatic.