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Plants to protect from windrock

Certain plants are more prone to being damaged by strong winter gales than others. We highlight those that benefit from some extra protection.

In autumn, some plants will need to be prepared before winter to prevent windrock – high winds can loosen plant roots. 

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This includes newly planted shrubs, and plants that have become top-heavy. If you’re growing any of these, discover our pruning tips to prevent windrock

Discover which plants are susceptible to windrock, below. 

In autumn, some plants will need to be prepared before winter to prevent windrock – high winds can loosen plant roots. 

Roses

Shorten the stems of tall bush and shrub roses to reduce windrock during winter gales, by pruning back to an outward-facing bud. Take a look at our autumn rose care guide for more advice. 

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Buddleia

Buddleias can put on a staggering amount of growth in a season, so it’s worth thinning them out to prevent windrock. 

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Dogwoods (Cornus)

These winter showstoppers display their dazzling stems in winter. Prune species like Cornus alba and Cornus sanguinea lightly before winter to reduce the ‘sail’ effect of top growth.

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Lavatera

Lavatera, or tree mallow, grows well in coastal locations and light, well-drained soils, but this can leave plants exposed to windrock. Protect them from inclement winter weather by shortening lanky stems. 

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Abutilon

If you’re growing abutilons in containers or are keeping them indoors over winter then windrock is less of a concern. However, they can become top heavy, so it’s a good idea to thin out those growing outdoors in exposed spots.

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