Wondering if you can help me with a question on mums. Usually I plant some mums in early fall and pull them out before winter never to use them again. Thery are still in the ground. Can I just cut them down to ground level to keep them for next year ? Or what? -- Tony G.
Yes, Tony, Chrysanthemums are perennials. They'll come back every year, if you let them. Just cut them back after they've gone dormant -- it's OK to wait until spring, if you prefer -- and you'll notice new growth next May.
See yesterday's column for my mum pruning guide.