7 Popular Garden Plants You Must Prune In November

1. Roses

Many varieties of roses benefit from a late fall pruning. Remove dead or diseased branches and trim back long canes to prevent wind damage.

2. Perennials

Cut back perennial plants that have died back for the season, leaving about 2-3 inches of stems above the ground. This helps protect against diseases and pests.

3. Fruit Trees

Pruning fruit trees in late fall can help shape the tree and remove diseased or dead branches. It's also a good time to perform routine maintenance.

4. Shrubs

Certain shrubs, like butterfly bushes and spirea, can be pruned in late fall to maintain their shape and size. However, avoid heavy pruning that may stimulate new growth before winter.

5. Ornamental Grasses

Trim back ornamental grasses to about 4-6 inches above the ground to help prevent breakage due to heavy snow or ice.

6. Deciduous Trees

Remove dead, damaged, or crossing branches from deciduous trees to improve their structure and overall health.

7. Herbaceous Plants

Trim back herbaceous plants like hostas, daylilies, and other perennials after the first frost has killed back their foliage.