This works particularly well with blackcurrants, bush, climbing and rambler roses
WHEN rambler roses
have finished flowering, prune the side shoots that carried this year's flowers back to two buds from the main stem.
No matter that English cottage gardens had more often been used by cottagers for pigs and chickens and kitchen vegetables; they could also be seen as the home of native flowers such as foxgloves and primroses, honeysuckle and rambler roses
Don't confuse climbing roses with rambler roses
Ramble scramble Cut out tired old wood from early-flowering rambler roses
such as Albertine as soon as flowers fade.
Early-season clematis such as alpina and macropetala, with their bushy habits, are naturally suited to training up and masking the bare stems of climbing and rambler roses
are often the most floriferous but become a nuisance if not tamed by removing all old stems after flowering, leaving only six lengths of new growth on each plant unless this would leave the plant virtually stripped, in which case save some of the old wood but prune severely.
Effort Prune rambler roses
once the flowers fade to encourage new shoots to grow from the base of the plant and next year it will produce top-to-toe colour.
Prune lavender bushes if not completed last season, and finish pruning shoots from rambler roses
that carried flowers when they have faded.
Early season clematis have bushy habits which are naturally suited to training up and hiding the bare stems of climbing or rambler roses
6 RAMBLER roses
and their climbing relatives need to have their stems tied firmly in now.