I enquired about this last year but I didn't retain the reply (sorry!)

I have looked up in my gardening books about pruning Philadelphus but it says after flowering. My plant was new in Spring last year and has not flowered yet. It is in a raised bed and has grown about 8 leggy branches (some over 6') and they are leaning over somewhat. As my garden is quite tiny it's height is beginning to overpower the border. Can I reduce it's height? 

I will try to post a pic to give better idea. Hope it works!

Thanks,  Lyn


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,918

    If you cut it now you won't get flowers next year either. Leave until July next year, or immediately after flowering.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • You might need to plant the dwarf version instead. I had a tall one and eventually realised it was too big, so I dug it out.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 14,243

    As it gets more mature even if you prune it after flowering, it will be over 6 feet tall.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
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