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March 20, 2020

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The New Zealand flax is a great evergreen shrub that can add a lot of shape and decoration to your garden. It’s a lovely plant that gives you architectural shape and colour all year round but it does get quite large which is why regular pruning is important to maintain its shape and remove spent flowers and damaged foliage. However, if you let it get too big for the space provided it will start to…

If you have a New Zealand flax evergreen shrub also known as a phormium, you can add a great deal of interest to your border garden or landscape and they make excellent centrepieces some varieties can even be grown in containers. As an evergreen shrub it provides you with years of foliage and blooms with very minimal maintenance once the plant is established. One aspect of that minimal maintenance is pruning the New Zealand flax…

Phormium mealybug is a pest that originates from New Zealand but is able to thrive in the UK outside, even in the winter which is unusual as all other types of mealybugs usually occur in greenhouses as they need a warm temperature but not the phormium mealybug. Most mealybugs are a problem because they remove the sap from your plant which can affect their growth rate and then they excrete excess sugar onto the plant…

If you have a Cornus commonly known as dogwood, and it’s growing successfully but now you want more, you can always propagate by taking hardwood cuttings. Hardwood cuttings get their name because they are taken from the hardwood later in the season. When to take Cornus cuttings Hardwood cuttings are taken later in the season usually in the Autumn but you can take Cornus cuttings in spring. The hardwood is called such because it is…

Dogwood is a very popular ornamental tree that is known for its elegant foliage and is bright red fruit, you also get the Cornus varieties such as Cornus alba and Cornus sanguinea which are grown for there bright winter stems and pruned back hard in spring. Cornus are very strong but one downside is the host of diseases that can infest a dogwood tree and cause serious problems no matter how healthy your tree was…

Dogwoods are known for having colourful stems all winter long and they require very little maintenance. If you want to enjoy vibrant colours throughout the winter you need to make sure you prune your tree properly which means hard pruning at the right time of year. When to prune First, you need to prune at the right time of the year. This is either at the end of winter or the beginning of Spring with…