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Shrub Pruning

Shrubs and Shrub beds.


Shrub

Noun

A woody plant which is smaller than a tree and has several main stems arising at or near the ground.


Some shrubs are planted as a hedge, some are planted as mixed shrub beds and some are planted as single specimens.  It is important to know the difference as the same type of shrub is treated differently in each setting.


It has become the industry standard, for non-professional gardeners, to cut every shrub into a hedge, regardless of the plants natural shape, or the intent of the original landscaper.


Different shrubs need pruning in different ways at different times of the year.

Instead of simply treating every shrub as a hedge, it is far better, and more attractive to take advantage of the natural variety of different shapes and forms producing a healthier and more attractive plant environment.


Shrubs that have beautiful flowers should be allowed to show their true colours.  Plants form a rich tapestry of different shapes and habit. 


It is because different instruments play different notes that a symphony is a pleasure to listen to. If different shrubs are allowed to do different things, a garden can be a pleasure to be in.


Hypericum Hidcote flowering and non flowering