Outward facing buds..... If you look at a branch there will be little buds which eventually will grow to make more branches.You need to trim the branch just above where the buds face away from the plant (outwards) so that new growth grows into the space around it. The inward facing buds will just make the plant congested. Plants should normally have an open shape so usually you prune to outward buds. Some plants such as Roses produce buds where the leaf joins the stem. My Philadelphus is putting on new growth where the stems are bare. I hope that this helps and is not too confusing. Perhaps if you Google outward facing buds there might be some pictures to explain it better! If your plant is only 2 years old and isn't too big, I would be tempted to leave it to itself this year.
Imagine that the bulk of the plant is beyond the left hand side of this photo.Outward facing buds face outwards, away from the centre of the plant.
1634 Racine said:
Is yours about the same size as this @theluciblack Mine only seems to have one solitary flower at the moment. You can just see it in the photo. To add insult to injury it is tucked away where you can hardly see it!i did lightly prune last year right after flowering. Personally I wonder whether it might be better to leave unpruned for a few years when they are this size.Sorry, didn’t mean to sow any new seeds of doubt 😁