Horticultural aide memoire Prune spring-flowering shrubs
Some shrubs that flower early in the year do so on one-yearold shoots. Failure to flower is typically the result of pointless snipping in the summer months, which removes all the next year’s flower buds. As soon as the flowering has finished, new growth will appear. All will be well if you prune now. Taking Forsythia as an example, bring secateurs and head back surplus shoots to a broadly rounded outline. Take the opportunity to remove those long, wandering shoots that have been grating on your nerves for weeks. That’s it for the year and you can look forward to next year’s show.