Pruning Ceanothus and Clematis Montana
Hi All Two separate pruning questions please.
If I plant a ceanothus which is supposed to eventually grow bigger than I want it to be and therefore I prune it annually so it never fulfills its raison d'etre obviously I will stunt its growth but will it be damaged in any other way such as not producing its customary flush of blooms, particularly as the years go by?
I have had clematis montana before and know how rampant it can be. Previously I forgot to prune it until it was about 6 years old and it did not like what I did to it. I have planted a new one in a different spot and I think it sensible to prune it in this its second year after the blooms are finished. The problem is that when I do this, because of the tangle of stems, inevitably I will cut some that I do not mean to. Clearly I cannot trace every stem back to source so I know precisely what the damage will be. So is it just the case that for the year from pruning to new growth I have to accept that it will look a bit ropey or is there some secret?
Really appreciate any advice.
Thanks on both. Bob