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Lyn BoorLyn Boor Posts: 8

I have several wind rocked penstemons, this happened overnight in November. Can I now prune them? If so, to what height and how much? Also, is it safe to prune English lavender now? Thank you.


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,632

    If you are in the North Lyn, I would wait. Penstemons are not 100% reliably hardy. I wait till the end of March, before cutting back the old stems.

    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,743

    Verdun, I've penstemon in the tunnel which have really got into new growth. When is the earliest I can take cuttings before cutting them back?

  • Lyn BoorLyn Boor Posts: 8

    Thank you so much everyone. We moved abroad 15 years ago and I have forgotten most of my garden knowledge since moving back to good old uk. Mostly trial and error now.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,743

    Thanks Verdun. 

    Plenty of soft growth indeed. I'll get onto it on the first rainy day when I'm driven back indoors. Need to make the most of the dry days.

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