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For the love of dog! Prune Dogwood now to get radiant colour in winter.

Dogwood varieties are invaluable in winter, their fiery colours and stunning architectural displays are emphasised by the surrounding dismal weather, bare beds and colourless plants. They truly come into their own over winter taking centre stage in any winter garden design.

Dogwoods aren’t just for Christmas! These vibrant plants need to be nurtured in order for you to get the best of their wondrous winter display. Brighter colours are emitted by new growth therefore strategic pruning allows this plant to re-establish throughout the year, ready for winter.

The ideal time and method to prune Dogwood for a winter spectacle is in late March to mid-April, just before the new growth develops. Cut back almost a third of the stem, we suggest keeping the stems about 5-20cm above ground level. It’s a hardy plant so it can withstand such a harsh prune and has a fast growth rate you can cut into the back rest assured that it will grow back. Take a look at the image below of a trimmed Dogwood hedge.

Take a look at our ultimate guide to Dogwood hedge plants for more information on this colourful shrub.

Trimming tip for Box hedging

“Funnily enough it’s my birthday in June.   One of my birthday treats was a garden tour of a marvellous garden with lots of Box and Yew hedging.

The head gardener giving the tour gave some marvellous advice on how best to trim Box hedging.   Hose the hedge with plenty of water before you start and keep dipping the shears in a bucket of water every few clips – or do it in the rain!   Apparently, the wet edges heal much quicker, reducing the amount of brown edges that are so common when Box is clipped.

Box hedging plant close up image

Box hedging plant close up image

In late June, Box hedging begins to look a bit fluffy so if you can be bothered, it’s a good time to trim it and it will keep it looking tidy for most of the summer – though it will need to be done again in late September.   Or the lazy gardeners can just leave it until September – I quite like it looking fluffy!”