Learn How Pruning Affects Flowering Shrubs

My two Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ are coming into bloom, but one shrub was several weeks ahead of the other with respect to flowering. I was wondering why, until I remembered that one was pruned in spring and the other was not. It was the perfect opportunity to make a short video about how pruning affects … Read More

Pruning Shrubs at the Right Time

The standard advice is to prune spring flowering shrubs right after flowering and to prune summer flowering shrubs in winter or early spring. Is this the best advice?

Pruning spring flowering shrubs after flowering ensures that the shrub has time to develop next year’s flower buds. Summer flowering shrubs develop flower buds in spring on new wood so they are pruned before flower buds are formed. This is not bad advice for maximizing flower production, but is it the best advice for the vigor of the shrub?
Pruning Shrubs - Cotinus coggygria ‘Grace’
Pruning Shrubs – Cotinus coggygria ‘Grace’, by Robert Pavlis

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