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Hi all , previous owners left these , I was going to throw them out as they had been left for about a year , I tidied them and put em in  pots with fresh compost and feed . want to shape the flowering plants will that be ok and when should I trim them. Thx



  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    I can only hazard a guess as the photos go fuzzy when I zoom in for a closer look.

    1: Weigela Florida varigata

    2: Hebe?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,372

    I think the first is one of the variegated abelias

    Not everything needs a lot of trimming and pruning. I'd let those grow for a while. They're not the sort of plant that looks good pruned to a shape and you'll probably not get flowers

    The second could well be a very sad hebe, the stems look right the leaves are the wrong colour. They may improve with the new compost. I wouldn't keep that one.

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    Just had a look at the abelia nut (never seen one before) and I think you're right. Flowering time is late summer/early autumn.image

  • We have Abelia Kaleidoscope, I think it might be that variety. If pruned they send out 3 stems from the cut, which can get very messy. If pruned at all (agree with Nut it's best avoided) you should prune each branch back to the centre of the plant. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,372

    abelias are lovely, scented, better if not variegated. Pruned as KOG suggests they keep a good shape.

  • Thx for the info, bit harsh on the hebe nutcutlet lol ,  but googled it and even if it does grow it is pretty boring so thx it's gone

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,372


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