Answer: To keep your shrub roses blooming for a long time, prune off the spent flowers along with some of the stem, all the way down to a 5 leaflet leaf. From this point a new flowering stem will emerge and you'll get another flower. Always cut off the faded flowers along with some of the stem, all summer long. In December, prune your rose bushes down to about knee high. Then choose the strongest 3-5 canes to save and prune off all the others. I know this sounds drastic, but you'll get lots of healthy new growth in the spring. When you've finished pruning your rose bushes should have a vase shape. Hope this is detailed enough. If not, send another question and we will try to be even more specific. Best wishes with your new landscape.
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