Shrubs love a good prune! We have put together a simple pruning guide to help keep your shrubs in tiptop condition.
- For spring flowering shrubs, prune immediately after flowering . The flowers next year will be produced on this year’s growth. Examples of shrubs in this category are forsythia, weigela and philadelphus.
- Prune summer flowering shrubs in March and April. This will encourage extra growth, therefore producing more flower. Cut back to a set of buds near the base of the plants.
- Prune roses in March.
- Remove dead and weak spindly growth.
- Cut back shrub rose stems to half their own length.
- Prune hybrid tea roses to 15cm above the ground.
- Cut Floribunda to 1 ft above the ground.
- Tidy climbers and ramblers if necessary otherwise tackle in the autumn.
- Hydrangeas – take the dead heads off to the first pair of buds just before the dead flower head.
- If your hydrangeas are getting out of hand, prune half of the stems back this year and the other half back next year. That way you won’t miss out on a year’s flowers.
- Trim and tidy spring flowering clematis such as “Montana” after they have finished flowering.
Super Pruning Tip:
“The Chelsea Chop” Late flowering perennials like sedums and Phlox can be chopped back with shears by half in May. This will extend the flowering period late into the year.
If you would like both early and late flowers only cut half of the perennial back. This will give you successional flowering!
We love these Fiskars secateurs. We have been through a great many pruners over the years and not only have these lasted the longest but they are rarely affected by dirt and sap. The real bonus is the unique gear mechanism, this gives the secateurs more power when actually cutting, with less effort from your hand. One handle rotates as you squeeze the pruners together, this saves strain on the wrist, Ideal if you suffer with pain in the wrist and hands.