Rose pruning: shrub roses

Rose pruning ensures that plants grow vigorously and flower well each year. There is great diversity among shrub roses but most require only light pruning. Many flower just once in summer and will bloom freely for years with little formal pruning. Such plants fall into RHS Pruning groups 20-23.

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Pruning a shrub rose.

Quick facts

Suitable for: All shrub roses
Timing: After flowering and in late winter (February to March)
Difficulty: Moderate

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