Monty Don shares what plants to ‘prune now’ to ‘encourage new, healthy growth’


“Mature shrubs should be pruned hard, cutting back most of the flowering stems to a healthy new shoot and taking the oldest growth, but no more than a third or quarter of the plant, right back to the base so it is completely renewed every three or four years.

“A very overgrown shrub should be renewed in this gradual manner too.

“Young shrubs should have the weakest growth cut back with the remainder pruned just to shape and size.

“Weed, water and mulch with compost after pruning is done and take semi-ripe cuttings from healthy, straight non-flowering pruned stems.”


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