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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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