Hor­ti­cul­tural aide mem­oire No. 2: Ren­o­vate shrubs

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

Old shrub­beries have a cer­tain mossy mag­nif­i­cence, but, equally, they will ben­e­fit from a gen­eral re­view at this quiet time, when you can see what’s what. Over­grown brutes such as Co­ry­lus, the hazels and cob­nuts can be re­ju­ve­nated by re­mov­ing older canes as near to the ground as pos­si­ble. Great wan­der­ing old shoots on Philadel­phus, the sweet scent of sum­mer, can be sawn out a few at a time. The same goes for many older spec­i­mens that have be­come shape­less and top heavy: care­fully re­move two or three of the old­est branches and re­store some vigour and form to the whole en­ter­prise.


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