Thinning out an abutilon

Year-round garden pruning guide

The right cuts at the right time will keep plants productive and looking great – find out what, when and how to prune in this comprehensive guide.

Pruning your plants properly can provide you with the best show of leaves, flowers, fruits and form, so it’s useful to know which plants to cut back and when.

The basic rules of pruning rely on understanding your plants’ growth cycle. Herbaceous perennials and most summer-flowering shrubs have the ability to produce shoots that will be topped with flowers during the course of a single growing season. By contrast, shrubs, trees and fruit bushes that bloom in winter or spring carry their flowers on shoots produced from older stems and branches made in previous years.

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