Love Your Plants
We all want a garden full of fabulous plants and who wouldn’t? However, one of the most important aspects of stunning shrubs is pruning. Most people are scared to take the secateurs to their plants as they do not want to kill them. Yes there are some plants that can be quite fussy but most deciduous (lose their leaves in the winter) shrubs will respond well to a prune as we enter spring. This is especially the case for any late winter/early spring flowering plants such as Forsythia, Chimonanthus and Hamemelis.
There are also summer flowering shrubs that will also need a trim before they get going too. Buddleia, Lavatera, Cotinus, Philidelphus, Weigela, and Physocarpus will all respond well and its essential in order to stop them from going ‘leggy’ and ‘woody’ prematurely.
Look for some good healthy buds as low down as possible and cut at a 45 degree angle just above the second or third bud up from the bottom one.
Once pruned, the side shoots will burst into life but keep the growth habit bushy and compact.
Evergreen foliage shrubs such as Euonymus, Photinia and conifers will all respond to a spring prune too.
Some of the flowering evergreen shrubs will respond best to a prune immediately after flowering. For example Viburnum tinus would be best pruned in March, however Choisya would be pruned closer to the end of May.
If you are unsure what the plant in your garden is, then why not take a picture and pop in and see us? We will be able to tell you all about your plant and its needs.