- • Prune wisteria now, cutting back summer side-shoots to 2 or 3 buds.
- • Cut back shrubs, such as cornus and salix cultivars (grown for their colourful winter stems), down to their bases.
- • Prune summer-flowering clematis towards the end of the month, before active growth begins.
- • Cut back the old foliage from ornamental grasses before growth begins. Clip them to within a few centimetres of the ground.
- • Prune overwintered fuchsias back to one or two buds on each shoot.
- • Prune winter-flowering jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) after flowering, to encourage new growth for next year’s blooms. Cut back the previous year’s growth to 5cm from the old wood.
- • Trim winter-flowering heathers as the flowers disappear, to prevent plants becoming leggy.
- • Prune winter-flowering shrubs such as mahonia and viburnum x bodnantense once their colourful display has finished.
- • Remove faded flowers from winter pansies to stop them setting seed. This will encourage a flush of new flowers when the weather warms up.