Hor­ti­cul­tural aide mem­oire Prune spring-flow­er­ing shrubs

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden - SCD

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.

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