Horticultural aide memoire No. 2: Renovate shrubs
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.