help on pruning these back

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  1. Dpk

    Dpk Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi all

    After a few years neglect the St Johns Wort is thriving. But there is also something else growing through it.

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    Both need reducing ideally about 2-3 feet as they are over hanging what should be lawn under them.

    Any advice appreciated.

    Dpk
     
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    Verdun Passionate gardener

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    Hiya Dpk :)
    You can cut your hypericum as hard back as you like....I posted a picture of mine here a few days ago. I prune hard every year and it recovers to make a floriferous shrub 5’ high and more across. Pruning this way creates a nice compact plant and is an effective way of keeping hypericum rust at bay
    Not sure what the intruder is but there are one or two experts on the forum at identifying plants:)
     
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    No not seen it flower yet though it seems to be forming flowers at the moment. Will keep an eye on it before doing anything to it. Will post picture if it does.
     
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    It is a rhododendron but is already flowered for this year.

    I would do as verdun says with the hypericum and then judge the shape of the rhodi yourself, if its leggy and all over the place cut that back hard as well about 30cm / foot from the ground or higher pending on how well its shaped .
     
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