I have a very nice blanket of Carex Ice Dance - for the last few years it's actually stayed evergreen where it was and I had to do nothing but watch it grow (and boy does it grow!). It's in a spot with no other perennials so can fill up the entire bed - bordered by a brick wall.
But after this winter, it got some frost damage/diedback so now it looks pretty sad. Half brown, half green - but it is flowering quite happily. I know in theory I'm supposed to cut this back every year...my question is - do I cut it way back now? Or do I just try and cut back the yellowed/brown blades? If I cut it way back, I'd be cutting back the flowers too - would that hurt these plants? They are growing, but it's quite the mess out there - planning on spending the afternoon in that bed cleaning it up and thought I'd turn to this forum first.
Should they really have been treated like my ornamental grasses and been cut down in March?
That's Hakenochloa macra 'Aureola' - it's been there for about 8 yrs - it's just been up a few weeks - here's what it looked like last year. It's a slow grower, mine is in full sun and loves it...really lights up that area at dusk too.