The Q&A Archives: Silvermound

Question: I have a small silvermound bush in the front yard, which does very well. However, it gets bigger than I want. When I pruned it last summer, I removed from underneath the bush, but then this bush opened and split downwards in the centre. When I prune it removing small branches from the top, a circle appears in the middle of this bush. How do I prune this bush without destroying the shape?

Answer: Silvermound grows naturally into a rounded mound but will get leggy if not pruned each spring. It's best to prune it back by several inches all around each spring to help it maintain a nice compact mound shape. If yours is leggy or misshapen you can renew the plant by cutting it down to almost ground level. It will recover and produce lots of new foliage. Next spring, just before new growth begins, prune it back by one-third to one-half. New foliage will develop at the pruning sites and your plant should develop into an attractive mound. Enjoy!

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