It's Not Too Late

Spring pruning season isn't quite over yet. Even though some of your shrubs have begun to leaf out, there are still SOME varieties that can be pruned. If it isn't a 'spring blooming' shrub, you have some time.

Three varieties that can still take a good pruning are burning bush, spirea and red twig dogwood. For example, if your burning bush has overtaken the spot it lives in, maybe covering up a window or walkway, you can still prune it back hard.

Burning Bush
Burning Bush

We found the large burning bushes shown above covering up a large trellis, so we actually cut it back to a height of two feet. The plants will send out new growth over the next few weeks, filling in nicely, but back in scale with the rest of the plants in the bed.

Spirea is another ornamental shrub that can take a good pruning and shaping. Don't hesitate to clean up this hardy specimen if it is looking a little ragged in the garden.

Spirea
Spirea

And red twig dogwood is always good to prune back in the spring as that will encourage the brilliant red new growth that makes this shrub so beautiful in the garden. The shrubs in the photo below have been thinned out and cut back to encourage those desired new branches.

Red Twig Dogwood
Red Twig Dogwood

REMEMBER, though, this is NOT the time to prune spring and summer blooming shrubs. Leave those lilac, viburnum, rhododendron shrubs, and summer blooming hydrangeas, alone until AFTER they have bloomed!

Lilac
Lilac
Viburnum
Viburnum
Rhododendron
Rhododendron
Hydrangea
Hydrangea