Some of our most popular landscape plants can benefit from pruning this time of year. According to Virginia Cooperative Extensions “Guide To Successful Pruning,” Winter is the best time to prune over 30 species of the most common landscape shrubs.
Plants like abelia, aborvitae, beautyberry, butterfly bush, crape myrtle, euonymus, gardenia, and nandina all benefit from winter pruning. Most of these plants bloom on “new wood” and do not create flower buds until stem growth begins in the Spring. These plants also tend to bloom later in the season.
Plants like azalea and forsythia bloom on “old growth” and carry their buds through the winter. Pruning now would reduce their blooms in the Spring.
Take a look at the pruning calendar to see if any of your landscape plants could stand a good trim. Let me know if you have questions about winter pruning. I am always happy to help.