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Japanese anemone- how hard to prune?

MJ-JJMJ-JJ Posts: 20
I have a communal perennial border in my flats. Looks like nobody is taking care of it, so I thought I'd give it a go! However, I'm not sure what to do with these anemones.  They were lovely all through late summer/autumn and now they look a state.  I started cutting back, but the wood seemed very hard indeed and I didn't want to do anything to stop them growing again this year. Any advice on how low to go? Or just leave them be?


  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,717
    Cut all those brown bits off they are last years growth and are dead now, they will regrow from the base for this year. Bottom left is that a rose or a bramble?
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,621
    You can chop all the dead sticks down to just where you can see the tops of the new growth coming through. They are quite tough hardy plants so will be fine. You'll probably need sharp secateurs to do it.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,991
    Chop down to ground level. New growth sprouts from the soil.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • MJ-JJMJ-JJ Posts: 20
    Oh fab, thank you everyone. I wasn't positive if what I was chopping was dead or living, as I went down it certainly got a lot tougher, but I do have very sharp secateurs.

    Skandi, I believe it's a rose as some appeared last year. I hope it is, I don't want to have to deal with brambles!
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