Much is written about pruning, but there is an almost universal truth, that the harder you prune back a woody plant, the stronger (and taller) it will regrow.
So when faced with a 15 foot high Photinia ‘Red Robin’ it was a case of taking out the pruning saw and cutting back early in the year, before the birds started to nest.
So, how far should one go when pruning an unkempt huge shrub?
Gardening books offer advice for well behaved and well looked after plants, but how should one proceed with this beast?
If I wanted the final shrub to be 6 foot and cut it back to that height all the new growth would come from the top and so very quickly it would be too high.
So it was cut to 3 foot in height.
And just look what happened a few weeks later.
Epicormic growth, that is the growth of an otherwise dormant bud, had kicked in and shoots had appeared. These grew in number and size over the next three months, and now the stub is restored to its former glory, it is bushy, healthy and six foot in height.
Sometimes hard pruning is the only answer!