Carol’s pick for hard­wood cut­tings

Gardeners' World - - Hardwood Cuttings -

Black­cur­rant

Cur­rants, whether red, white or black, pro­duce straight, thick stems that are ideal for this method. Fruits Jun-Aug HxS 1.5m x 1.5m

Shrub roses

Shrub roses are slightly eas­ier to prop­a­gate from cut­tings than climbers or ram­blers. F Jun-Aug HxS 1.5m x 1.5m

Physo­car­pus op­uli­folius

You can make more of this with soft­wood cut­tings, but hard­wood cut­tings will root eas­ily given time. Flow­ers Jun HxS 2.5m x 2m

Bud­dleia

Although bud­dleia self-seeds, if you want more of a spe­cific va­ri­ety, you have to in­crease it veg­e­ta­tively. F Jul-Sep HxS 3m x 5m

Mock orange

If well-pruned af­ter flow­er­ing, philadel­phus should make nice strong canes too. F Jun-Jul HxS 2m x 2m

For­sythia

Any strong new growth re­sult­ing from early prun­ing is ideal to make more of this spring-flow­er­ing shrub. F Feb-Apr HxS 3m x 3m

Wil­low

Orange win­ter stems and yel­low spring catkins make Salix alba ‘Britzen­sis’ a stand-out dis­play. F Feb-Mar HxS 12m x 8m

Vibur­num op­u­lus

Fat flower heads, then au­tumn colour. Vibur­num op­u­lus ‘Ro­seum’ is also good on heavy soils. F May-Jun HxS 4 x 4m

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