The Q&A Archives: Prunning Perennials

Question: Please tell me when to cut back the following:Hydrangeas, gardenias, azaleas, calla lilly and winter daphne. I cut them back last Sept. and had very few blooms this spring & summer.

Answer: Early spring is the best time to prune your shrubs - except for your azaleas. Azaleas spend the summer months developing flower buds for the following spring's floral display. Pruning them in the fall will remove all the potential flowers. Wait until after they have finished flowering and then prune them back. As for the others, pruning encourages new growth and they all develop flowers on the new growth of the season. So, prune in the spring just as new growth begins. Best wishes with your garden!

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