Is there anything quite like the feeling of gardening in spring? Everything is fresh and full of possibilities! There are so many choices to make, and even though almost all of them are good, it can quickly become overwhelming. So, let’s narrow down that list and talk about the seven common shrubs that will truly benefit from your attention. The work you put in with them now will pay off later on when you see lovely habits and plentiful blooms! (If you’re anything like me, you’ll also want to know which shrubs NOT to prune in spring, so watch this video to find out.)
Here are two shrubs to put on the to-do list this spring. Click the link below to see the rest.
Pugster Blue® Butterfly Bush
Give these plants a harsh cut, but leave at least one foot of mature growth in place. Juvenile growth puts out the most abundant blooms, but it needs a sturdy base to grow from to remain upright.
Incrediball® Smooth Hydrangea
They respond well to a quick cut back, and don’t need the same type of careful pruning as many other shrubs do. Be sure to leave a sturdy base for the new growth to sprout from and be supported by.
What’s the difference between pruning and deadheading?
In pruning, you take care to shape the plant and direct its future growth with each cut. In deadheading, you follow the stem of a spent flower back to the first set of leaves or leaf nodes and cut just above them. Watch this quick video to get a visual understanding.
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