Make new shrubs from hard wood
Firm in the cuttings and water them well. Don’t let them dry out and tread down soil if it is lifted by frost.
1 Dig a trench in a sheltered, freedraining area and add well-rotted organic matter and horticultural sand.
2 Cut a long, healthy piece of this year’s growth and divide it into 6-12in (15-30cm) lengths.
3 Dip each cutting in hormone rooting powder or gel for healthy root development. Tap off any excess.
4 Insert the cuttings in the trench around 6in (15cm) apart and infill around them with soil and sand.
If space is limited, plant up the cuttings in a large plant pot and overwinter them