Cutting back Buddleia
Hi, i have a buddleia at the front of the house which was about 5/6ft when i moved house in 2006 and it never got pruned. Consequently it grew to about 20ft and was starting to attack the guttering. I cut it back to about 5ft in September and I know that I should cut it back further in March time but one side is lots of stems from the ground that I can cut but one side is a thickish trunk with stems only starting about 3-4ft up. I have attached a picture. Please could anyone give any advice what is the best way to tackle this buddleia.
It's a big old beast eh?
I'd try to "thin it out a bit" , tricky but try to remove some of those stems altogether to open it up .
If you use a bow saw, you could lower the blade over another branch to remove them.
Aim to get it down to about 2 or 3ft high, next winter/spring, remove some more of those thick stems , by which time you'll have thinner stems.
You can't really go wrong, if you want to go a bit drastic ,you could cut the whole thing down to about a foot high and it'd still bounce back.
Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.
I'd echo the fact that you can pretty much hack where, and when, you want with them @Jess1971. You can always see how it looks next summer and then take further action as well.
They're also very easy to propagate from pieces you cut off, if you decide that one isn't looking as good as you'd like, and you want to replace it.
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...