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I couldn't agree with you more about pruning. There are gardeners who seem to feel that it's almost "immoral" in the same way that you occasionally hear the opinion that "it's wrong to spay or neuter pets." Wrong and wrong!

Keep broadcasting the message!

Shrubs, groundcovers & trees are the bones of a landscape.

Perennials, many dormant months each year, get me more landscape design work than (probably) any other reason.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

This isn't a shrub, but I read recently that you should not let clematis vines grow taller than about 12 inches for the first 2 years. I've been eagerly watching our year old vines climb higher and higher and it about killed me to prune those down.

Sigh. I suppose it's for a greater good.

Thanks for this information, Susan -- unfortunately I pruned my schip laurels at the wrong time this year, because the heavy snowfalls had left them lying on the ground gasping. So -- they got pruned so they could stand up, and they are now looking much better, with new growth all over. Next year I will prune at the proper time!

Rosella, sometimes we prune when we have to. And cherry laurels I prune spring, summer or winter, anyway.

what shrubs do you recommend for people who have deer? Hydrangeas are deer magnets. They also munch the bottlebrush blossoms on my dwarf fothergilla, new growth on spicebush, and forsythia (which I figure can take a little deer pruning). So far, they are staying away from my chokeberry, a gorgeous fall color shrub.

Sara, I have oakleaf hydrangeas in the midst of my deer-infested woodland garden and they just walk by them on their way to the hostas. They then proceed into the sunny part of my garden because they're attracted to all the clover - the only drawback to clover. The deer also walk by and leave intact my shrub roses, spireas, weigelas, and viburnums. Among my shrubs and trees, the only deer damage has been to conifers, from rubbing up against them.
But then with deer sometimes it's "go figure".

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