Gardening Articles: Landscaping :: Trees, Shrubs, & Vines

Here's to Rose of Sharon (page 2 of 2)

by Barbara Martin

To Prune or Not to Prune?

Beyond a fresh layer of mulch in spring, routine care includes pruning (if desired) in late winter or very early spring. Some gardeners cut their shrubs back very hard - to 3 or 4 buds per shoot -- to control overall size and encourage larger blooms. Others simply take the laissez faire route and let their shrubs grow into their natural shape. This latter approach encourages more, smaller blossoms. The plant blooms on the new wood of the current season -- summer trimming means that you'll lose out on flowers.

She's a hardy plant with gorgeous blossoms that needs little care -- what's not to love?

Barbara Martin is National Gardening Association's reporter for the Mid-Atlantic region. Maggie Oster also contributed to this article.

Photography by Barbara Martin/National Gardening Association

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