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Five plant types to prune in winter

Many plants can be pruned in winter – here's our advice on which plants to tackle.


The aim of winter pruning is to encourage vigour so that fruit trees are productive and shrubs don’t outgrow their space.

This is the time to prune your roses, cut back clematis and reshape fruit bushes and trees. Once the leaves have fallen it’s easy to see a plant’s framework and with our guides to some of the key plants to prune it’s simple to get started. While plants are dormant, it’s also a good time to carry out renovation pruning, cutting back any plants that have become overgrown to rejuvenate them.

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