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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

Sad looking Ceonothus

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 08:59

Time is short.

Reed, get rid of it now.  You will be seeing that deteriorating ceanothus for months convincing yourself it will recover and become a "swan".   It won't

Eventually all ceanothus give up in relatively short time.  Treat yourself to something you will actually enjoy looking at now.

What to plant

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 08:52

Variegated periwinkle would do well there too....beautiful foliage and blue flowers.  However you could plant vinca minor too.  Periwinkles have showy white flowers too and spread as the Japanese anemones do.

Can Foxgloves change colour from year to year?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 08:48

I grow only illumimation pink as a group but my neighbour has a garden full of self seeded and sown seeded foxgloves.  Glorious sight.   He sows seeds every year but knows they are biennials and that none of those currently flowering will exist next year.  However, he will still have the same "show" next year from new plants.

I think we all love foxgloves....they grow wild down here everywhere...but for me they can be bit  invasive.  However, I would dig them up after flowering after gathering the seed and sow in seeds (plants actually) from my afore-mentioned neighbour promised in autumn 

Dead conifers?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 08:30

"conifers" need to be chosen wisely.  Those I have change in foliage colour quite dramatically throughout the year.  And let's not confuse them with Leylandii and hype surrounding these monsters.  I have 7 scattered throughout my garden....each evoking praise at some time during the year.....and love them.  Not to grow any of them is like denying yourself clotted cream with your strawberries!  ( like that!)

Fairygirl, I have a dark green Taxus simply shaped as an exclamation mark that I plan to turn into......ME, viz., a simple Cornish yokel, wearing a hat, a straw sticking out of his mouth and holding a garden fork!  And a garden cat never get to continue its pruning.




Posted: 28/06/2013 at 08:20

Morning folks.

Feel guilty in saying its dry, warm, and increasingly sunny here.  Very humid though last night. Forecast says 22 today.

Heleniums,,salvias and agastaches all opening or about to open.....exciting time of the year for summer perennials

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 00:58

Tina so you got 2 bags of compost for the price of 3???

Some  nice plants there..miscanthus  morning light is a fabulous grass and those hebes are difficult to resist. The ophiopogon is good choice too.

Planted yet?

Hello :)

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 00:43

Hiya addict

Welcome to the forum. I notice you are a plantswoman...I'm a plantsman.  Look forward to your comments, advice and opinions on the forum.  I'm always trying the new varieties and just love plants.

Dead conifers?

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 23:19


Taxus do recover from the hardest pruning.  They are vastly under rated

couch grass

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 22:31

Couch needs to grow vigorously to survive. that raking to lift stems....weakens it

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