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Yes Rose, you can cut it back as hard as you like. In future years look to pruning shoots that come away from the wall and to shorten shoots to keep it relatively compact.
Thanks for the fig advice! I will have a go drekkly., before the sap gets going.
I have a choisia, probably about 10/11 years old as it was here when I moved in. It is under a laburnham tree and a very large bay tree bush (poor thing) Hardly flowers but I dont mind as just want it to infill that bit of gardebn. It is a bit leggy so should I prune half of it hard in a week or so and they do same again next year to make it look more healthy? I live in West Dorset.
Hi Graham, welcome
I'd start a new thread and post photos for ID.
Then someone will know what to do with what you've got
Wildlife Ranger and Linda Layton - Hello to you both.
It would be better if you both started individual new threads (Button towards top right) with the name of the plants in question in the title - then people with relevant knowledge and experience will see your queries and be able to assist.
This is a more general thread dating back a few years.
Ah, Linda - you've already done it
Lesley,,I Would wait now until spring and prune as hard back as you like
Trev, unless paniculata type, wait until spring. However, 2' is too small. Remove old flowered stems back to next pair of buds. Cut oldest wood back to fhe base if you have any. 4' is not large....how old is this bush?
When does it flower?
Newcastle, yep those smails will do just that....viz., return to their feeding ground.
i have cut all the leaves off my hellebores now.........mulching right away helps control any black spot spores. Be careful though....i know someone who cut all the "leaves" off.....she had cut off the emerging flower buds.
LoopyLoo, don't prune your plum tree until early spring or (preferably) midsummer or you risk it getting 'silver leaf' which is a nasty fungal disease which infects stone fruit trees in their dormant season and may kill it. If you absolutely must cut it back, then remove a minimal amount now and then cut those same branches back in spring or summer. That way you should remove any infected wood before it spreads throughout the tree. You can cut branches back to a side shoot or close to the trunk. See the RHS advice here: