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Hi everyone hope your all safe and well.
I have attached images of my lavender plant and climbing rose which i think need pruning for next season, problem is i don't know what should be done, could you advise please.


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    With climbing roses, you can tidy up by pruning back on branches that are surplus and not doing much. Judging by the photos, it needs tying in or pruning back. Your rose may need some rejuvenating pruning to keep new branches coming from lower down. Some roses need a prune in late summer after their main summer flowering period, but generally, roses that flower continuously into autumn can do with a bit of tidying up now, mainly to keep the plant stable in the windy winter time.

    You can do the bulk of the pruning next year in spring. You may need to concentrate on training them more horizontal to keep them flowering more lower down. But if your rose has not had pruning before, may need some branches cut quite low down to stimulate fresh growth.

    I find Lavenders get bare quite quickly, especially in rich or heavy soils. Yours don't look like they need anymore pruning. If you do now, it should be a light trim.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,157
    Which sort of lavender is it? Ordinary lavender can be given a trim, but don't cut into old growth. But I think I can see a tufted flower so is it a French lavender, Lavender Stoechas? They are less hardy so don't clip it until the spring. I find that they often die in the winter, I'm in a frost pocket.

    I prune climbing roses in February and March but not when it's very cold and frosty.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Hi Borderline: your comments make sense but i think the question now is, how far back do i need to prune?. It would be good to get the rose to grow and spread out lower down the trellis as this was my original intention. The trellis is two meters tall and i wanted to confine the rose growth to this height or slightly higher, i don't really want to use a step ladder to smell the scent of the flowers !!. Any suggestions?.
  • Hi Busy-Lizzie, the lavender is a French variety sure sure which though. I will take your advise on this and wait 'till Spring.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    I think the height is reasonable, but it also depends on how much space width-wise you have to train. Looking at the photos, you will need to select about half of those branches at the very least to prune down to around two feet from the soil. That way, new growth will be young and supple enough for you to train next year.

    You need to keep an eye on the growth through the year as they do grow quite fast. If you leave the branches to mature too much, they will become difficult to train or bend.
  • Hi Borderline: do you mean to prune back to here (see picture).?
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    Yes that would do. Pruning further down will also be fine. You do have a cramped area, and the rose may be too big for that space, and you will need to always prune it down to keep it fresh and flowering further down. 

    If it is a climber, I think the width space is not enough space for it to flourish. 
  • OK Borderline that's just what i need to know, feel a bit more confident now, thanks. Looks like this will be an annual job but now i know what to do when the time comes. Thanks for all your help and stay safe.
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