NOW You Can Prune Me

A few weeks ago I wrote about what NOT to prune. As we are now into June, you CAN go ahead and prune your spring blooming ornamental shrubs. Has the forsythia decided to take over the perennials?

 

Have the rhododendron grown to outrageous heights?

Have the rhododendron grown to outrageous heights?

Is that azalea looking a little out of balance?

Is that azalea looking a little out of balance?

Viburnum juddii

Viburnum juddii

Now that these garden beauties have given their lovely spring showing, you can safely do your maintenance pruning. Look for crossed branches, those limbs that are out of proportion, stems that are interfering with the growth of companion plants. Pruning these blooming ornamentals at this time of year will not lessen the blooms next year, and will in fact encourage new, healthy growth.

So, get out there and prune that Bridal Veil Spirea!