Take for example the hostas in the photo above, a good frost caused them to die back and their foliage to become a nice golden yellow. You could cut them back but in this case, the dead foliage adds to the landscape. The golden colour adds a nice touch and the plants don't look like a big slimy mess.
I do realize that hostas can sometimes end up looking messy and in that case, shear away but I believe that leaving them until they're a mess is the right thing to do. Imagine the hostas in the picture were cut back and there was just bare soil. That wouldn't look all that great would it?
So when you go out to cut back your daylilies and hostas, remember to use a careful eye and decide whether it could wait. It's what I did for these ones.... and I am very glad I did!
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