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By Tadpole

Gwynedd, United Kingdom Gb

Hello this is a photo of a plant I have. Its a perennial Wallflower Bowles Mauve. The books say I should cut it back in April to avoid it going woody. Should I cut it right down to where the woody stem start or should I leave a bit of greenery on it? Would really appreciate some advice as my bees loved this plant last year and I'm trying hard to keep plants that are good for them.

Many thanks




cant help you there tadpole sorry i cant answer you but hello anyway .

18 Apr, 2013


I would cut it back by about half after it's finished flowering. You should then get some good summer growth ready for next years flowers.

18 Apr, 2013


I would cut it back by about half too and from July onwards take cuttings as I find this one gets very woody, straggly and has fewer flowers after 3-4 years. The early cuttings I leave outside but later ones I over winter.

18 Apr, 2013


I, too, take cuttings and replace the main plant every 3 or 4 years. It never seems to stop flowering so there's no opportunity to prune it without cutting off lots of flowers, which no one likes to do!!

19 Apr, 2013

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