Spring is busy, but thankfully not everything in the garden needs to be attended to. There are plenty of shrubs you can leave alone and only a few that truly, noticeably benefit from being trimmed. In this article, we’ll talk about plants that you should get around to pruning in the springtime. You’ll be rewarded with a beautiful view for months afterward.
You can treat this plant like you would treat a perennial. Just chop it all the way back to the ground and it’ll flush with nice healthy growth and a good habit.
Prune this plant back to about 1/3 to 1/2 of its total size, depending on the size of your plant. Small plants can be pruned harder, big plants should be pruned less. You want it to have a sturdy base to grow from, so it doesn’t flop over. If you have a Pugster® butterfly bush, watch this how-to video on how to prune it.
All of our clematis bloom on new wood. If you’d like to control the height, you can cut each plant to the listed height.
‘Diamond Ball’ – 3 ft.
Happy Jack® Purple – 2 ft.
Jolly Good™ – 2 ft.
Pink Mink® – 2 ft.
Still Waters™ – 2 ft.
‘Sweet Summer Love’ – 2 ft.
‘Viva Polonia’ – 3 ft.
More shrubs can be pruned in the springtime if you see that it’s necessary, but they don’t necessarily need it if they already have a handsome habit. Here’s a list of shrubs you can lightly prune or trim in the spring without damaging.