Pruning Lavender and Honeysuckle

Pruning Lavender and Honeysuckle

The days are getting longer and warmer here in the northwest and the urge for gardening is setting in. Hi, my name is Sue, and I have been lurking for sometime but now I need some advice. I have a large honeysuckle plant against my house in the backyard that has a lot of deadwood in it and really needs a lot of pruning. I would like to start this plant all over again and was wondering if I can cut it all off, and if so, how much should I leave sticking out from the dirt? I also have about 3 lavender plants that have grown to about 5 ft in diameter and are crowding some other plants of mine. Can these plants take a hard cutting back? Is it okay to do this in the spring, or should this have been done in the fall? I have also started a large flower garden where the back parts of it is mostly in the shade due to the apple trees in there. Any suggestions for some shade loving, preferably perennials, that I can plant. So far, I have planted three hostas, but I was wondering if there would be something more colorful. If interested in viewing this garden project, just go to my journal. I am open to any suggestions at this point.
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What’s in my garden?

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Green Room

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hanging photos in the stairway

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to hoover is to scare your kids off