cutting back woody plants

When to Prune

January 15, 2013
Submitted by admin

Flowering shrubs and small trees are a staple of most garden designs, as they provide height, structure, screening, and year-round interest. However, integrating these woody plants with perennials and annuals can be challenging because, over time, they will overtake their herbaceous neighbors. At Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, where I am executive director, one technique we use involves managing smaller woody plants much as we do perennials: cutting them back severely every one to five years (the frequency depends on the variety).