Spring is the time to prune woody plants to remove damaged or diseased branches, to rejuvenate old shrubs to promote flowering, or to improve their shape. Pruning stimulates growth as when you cut back a shoot, you cause buds on the remaining part of the branch to break into growth.
Shrubs that bloom in the spring or early summer should be pruned shortly after they flower. Shrubs that bloom in the later summer or fall, such as Butterfly Bushes, Hydrangeas and Potentilla should be pruned in the spring before their buds open.
Tips for Pruning Other Popular Plants:
- Climbing Roses – shorten old growth back by about one-third
- Vines – Prune to keep within bounds before leaves unfurl
- Perennials – Cut back close to the ground before new growth starts. Cut back woody perennials (such as Russian sage) by one-half to one-third to promote new growth. Tall plants, such as delphiniums will give a better display of flowers, and have stronger stems if excess shoots are pruned.
Spring pruning also helps you discover what plants didn’t overwinter well and should be replaced. As always GreenWay has lots of shrubs, vines and, of course, perennials that can fill up those open spaces. Come on in and check out our supply for yourself.