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Couple of Pruning questions

guttiesgutties N. IrelandPosts: 224
Hydrangea Macrophylla - I left the old brown mophead flowers all winter.  There are now green shoots coming below the old flowers.  Can / should I prune to just above the new growth now or leave be?

Purple loosestrife - Again, I kept the skeletal form over the winter.  No sign of growth yet this spring.  Given how invasive it supposedly is I'm guessing it's pretty tough, so I assume it would be OK to pretty much cut right back to the ground now?


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,776
    Just pinch out the dead flower heads on the hydrangea without removing the new buds.

    You can cut the loosestrife right back to ground level now.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • guttiesgutties N. IrelandPosts: 224
    Thanks @Obelixx
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