Posted: 21/06/2016 at 10:40
I wondered last year (2015) why my cistus was not flowering so well. It had put on a lot more healthy leaf growth and increased its stature generally but few flowers. (Sorry - no photo)
Then I realised (or surmised) this year that maybe that was the problem: it had become quite bushy and crowded but was threatening to become leggy as the lower leaves were dropping away and upper and outer growth was thick - and still no flower buds.
About 3 weeks ago I got the secateurs and started pruning it like you do most plants - clearing the centre to bring in air and light and then judiciously taking out the excess side branches to favour the best shaped ones. I ended up With quite a pleasing, slightly oriental shape.
Here it is today...
I'm quite happy with that.