Early Spring Plant Care

March/ April

  • This is the best time for spring clean up.
  • Cut back time- Early spring is the time for cutting back many flowering shrubs and cleaning up perennials for the spring flush.
  • Shrubs that flower on “new wood” should be pruned at this time. Some of these plants are:
    • Buddleia (butterfly bush)Early Spring Plant Care
    • Callicarpa (beautyberry)
    • Calluna (heather)
    • Caryopteris (blue spirea)
    • Hamamelis virginiana (common witch hazel)
    • Hydrangea paniculata and H. arborescens
    • Hypericum ‘Sunburst’, ‘Hidcote’, ‘Aubrey’s Purple’ (St. john’s wort)
    • Potentilla
    • Rhus (sumac)
    • Rose (can usually be pruned at any time of the year)
    • Spirea x bumalda, and S. japonica
    • Vitex (chaste tree)
    • Yucca
  • It is highly recommended that most pruning and shaping of trees and shrubs be done by a professional to ensure proper horticultural practices are observed and the aesthetic quality and health of the plant are maintained.
  • Evergreen perennials (i.e.. Liriope) and subshrubs (i.e.. Artemisia, lavender) should be cut back or cleaned of winter leaves at this time.
  • Ornamental grasses should be cut to 3-6” above soil level depending on the size of the plant.
  • Watering is generally not recommended at this time of the year except for new installations over the winter season. Heavy spring rains and snow usually take care of the watering requirement of the plants.

Please contact us for any additional questions or concerns, or to schedule work at 610-831-1900, or at [email protected].