I’d rather let one of my flowerbeds get out of hand. It had become overrun with creeping buttercup, which had smothered my arctic snow lavender. I ended up pulling up all / nearly all the buttercup and cutting away all the dead bits of the lavender.
All the leaves you see are shredded bits of a bush that my husband pruned then ran through the shredder. Pruning large shrubs is a bit like getting a haircut – LOADS comes off and you can’t see a whole lot that is different.
I am treating the shredded bits like bark woodchips – I have no idea whether this is a good idea or not. The violas at the sides look terrible – I think I’m going to have to cut those right back and see whether or not they revive.