Spring Garden Tasks

One of the first garden tasks I complete every spring is to cut back all the shrubs that flower on new wood. By doing so, I’m not only controlling overall height of the plant but I’m promoting an abundance of flowers. Plants that flower on new wood don’t really care how much they are cut back in early spring. As you can see by the before and after photos of this Hydrangea paniculata standard, I prune most of my plants back with a heavy hand.

Don’t worry, the plants don’t seem to mind. In fact, they reward me every year with plenty of flowers. Besides the Hydrangeas, I cut back 6 Weigelia ‘Fine Wine’.

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Richard Schipul

For the last 30 years, I have owned the landscape company Designing Eden LLC based in New Milford, CT. We offer landscape designs, landscape installations and garden maintenance services in Fairfield and Litchfield County Connecticut. I am currently the only Nationally Certified Landscape Designer in Litchfield County and sit on the board of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and Mad Gardeners.


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