PRUN­ING

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The time to prune na­tive hon­ey­suckle is im­me­di­ately af­ter flow­er­ing has fin­ished for the year, at the ex­pense of some of its berries. If the plants are pruned in spring, this will de­lay flow­er­ing, and may cause it to cease al­to­gether. Af­ter flow­er­ing, growth can be cut back by up to a third. Harder prun­ing may af­fect the num­ber of flow­ers pro­duced the fol­low­ing year, so this should only be done if more space is needed in the gar­den. If the plant has be­come a tan­gled mess, it can be re­ju­ve­nated by cut­ting back to 20in (50cm) above ground level at the start of spring. This will give it time to grow strong new shoots, flow­er­ing the fol­low­ing year.

‘Gra­ham Thomas’ is en­cour­aged to climb up­wards through an obelisk frame, re­sult­ing in a fra­grant tower.

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