We have several well-established and mature bushes spread across a sizable bed. Theyt generally flower in three colors, pink, violet and blue.
But here is the problem/question. Each season, the plants grow to be about 4 ft tall and covered with flowers. At the end of last year, however, we didn’t prune or cut back the long, woddy stems. It’s now early May and the leaves are poking thru the length of the stalks. I’d like to prune them or somehow cut them back, knowing they’ll otherwise probably be too tall or large for the space.
In years past, our landscapers always handled this, but going into the final late-fall/winter prep and clean-up, the new crew assigned to us didn’t touch any of these plants in this bed. We love the flowers and now don’t want to hurt them or the plants in general. Can some of you more experienced gardeners or you, Margaret, help us with some practical green-thumb advice
CAN I DO THIS SAFELY WITHOUT COMPROMISING THE FLOWERS THIS YEAR? IF SO, HOW SHOULD I CUT THEM AND TO WHAT LENGTH? SHOULD I DO IT IMMEDIATELY?
-Totally stuck & inexperienced with how to handle
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.