Posted: 28/06/2013 at 09:10
If you learn when to prune each shrub it will enable you to understand how easy it really is, generally.
As said before. "after flowering" is a good rule of thumb but there are differences here too. Ribes ...flowering currant......can be "pruned" after flowering but I simply use shears to cut to shape. Deutzias, forsythias, mock orange, etc. need more careful and correct pruning.....but still simple. Cut out flowered stems immediately after flowering. The odd branch can be removed to ground level to keep bushes young and controlled.
Some shrubs respond to hard pruning....buddleias....but others like the brooms will die if cut back that hard.
Best to understand what you grow, how they grow and flower and not to view pruning as a fearful procedure. It's not