Yes, the Chelsea Chop technique can be applied to native perennials as well. The suitability of the Chelsea Chop for a native plant garden depends on the specific plant species and their growth habits. While it’s important to preserve native plant populations, the Chelsea Chop can be used as a maintenance technique to promote healthier growth and give the appearance of a well-tended perennial garden.
When considering the Chelsea Chop for native perennials, it’s essential to research and understand the natural growth habits and requirements of the specific species you are working with. Some native perennials naturally have compact growth habits or do not require extensive pruning, while others clumps of perennials may benefit from the Chelsea Chop to prevent flopping or stimulate new shoots and flower buds.