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Id this plant and pruning advice

Hi, can anyone identify this plant and give me some advice on how I should prune it now that most of the flowers have lost their colour?  Should I trim these stems just below the faded flower head or much further down close to where they branch off?  I have a largish garden and I know very little about gardening but am keen to do it myself.  If there are any general rules of thumb that I can possibly apply to other plants in my garden please let me know.

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,878

    Well it looks a little like a Hydrangea but I'm not 100% certain as I cannot tell the size of the plant from your picture.

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  • Thanks Ladybird.  Here it is in context.  

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  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,964

    This all depends on the size you wish your Hydrangea to attain .

    You can trim beneath the expiring flowers to the clearly visible green side shoots , or some people cut them virtually to ground ; that is three to four side shoots above the ground level .

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,878

    Thanks for the picture. image  Paul B3 has given sound advice.

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