Planting design with more than one species is usually intended to include multiple
heights, that step back from the viewer like a retail display. Good pruning subtly
enhances this effect while poor pruning eliminates it.
Allowing plants to fully cover a planter shades out weeds, minimizes damage from
foot traffic and reduces water use.
Regular, light pruning to keep foliage off pavement is far more effective than sporadic
Shearing wastes hours of maintenance and does long term damage. Most plants respond
to shearing with rapid, awkwardly sprouting growth, which must then be cut back,
causing more rampant growth. Dead twigs build up that prevent the plant from being
pruned back to it’s previous size, resulting in a larger size than properly pruned
Plants with blades or strap-like leaves (such as: Agapanthus, Flax, Fortnight Lilies
and Ornamental Grasses) should never (ever) be pruned into topiary shapes. If such
a plant is damaged and/or new growth must be encouraged, it should be cut flat 2-4
inches above the ground.