Summer pruning 2

After a busy summer it is time to start updating the blog. This summer has been a little strange with strong drying winds and wild swings in temperature. Some plants appear to have carried on regardless while others have flowered sporadically or late. The post below shows the result of summer pruning on catmint (Nepeta). Hacking back perennials in July when they are in full flower is a bit scary. However new shoots rapidly appear followed by new flowers after about three weeks. The plants look much better and keep going well into the autumn. If you don’t feel quite brave enough leave some of the old shoots.

Summer pruning 1

Not pruned
Not pruned
Pruned
Pruned 

Left to  its own devices the catmint is a bit grey and floppy with few new shoots and does not attract many bees.

 

 

Pruning in July produced a much more compact plant with many flowers and brighter leaves. Not least it attracts many more insects.