Hard pruning a Cornus – such as ‘Flaviramea’ – to within an inch of its life, at this time of year, feels like an act of sacrilege the first time you wreak havoc on those wondrous whips.
But without such ruthless intervention, the stunning Winter colour, which results from new growth, would pass you by and your shrub will simply lose its sparkle.
So, sharpen up those secateurs, take a deep breath, and be cruel to be kind. All will be forgiven, and you’ll even be rewarded for your brutality, with some shimmering stems to freshen up your décor.
The Chi Gardener