Clematis Pruning - When should I do it?
Our Clematis has always flowered in the 2 years we have lived in our house and looking at it yesterday there are some new leaves and buds growing which is great.
However like I say we didn't do anything with it for 2 years and the previous owner of the house hadn't either so as a result its looking a bit woody and leggy.
The question is when do I prune it. It generally flowers in May time this one so I have identified it as a group 2 Clematis. I am thinking of cutting back hard to almost the base after its flowered but not sure if this is too drastic and the right way to go. There are quite a bit of dead wood but not sure if I should prune these back whilst its activity growing.
So basically should I prune back hard or just tidy it up when its finished flowering?