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Snowmound Spirea Blooms Look Like Snow! beginner gardener how to garden
Snowmound Spirea Blooms Look Like Snow!

white azaleas










The best time to prune flowering shrubs is just after they have bloomed, but before they set bud for their next blooming cycle. For example, our Snowmound Spirea blooms in mid-Spring every year. It only blooms once per year, so we prune it in early Fall. Our azaleas bloom in late April, but since they set bud immediately after they bloom, we prune our azaleas in May.

Neon Spirea Shrub
Neon Spirea Shrub
Cistena shrub in full bloom [Photo Courtsey:]
Cistena shrub in full bloom [Photo Courtsey:]










Our Neon Spirea shrubs bloom continuously throughout the Summer, therefore we prune them in the Fall. Our Cistena shrub blooms in mid-Spring, so we prune it in late-Spring/early Summer. When pruning, be sure to clean your pruning shears with soap and water to minimize spreading disease from one shrub to another. Use a good quality pair of shears such as Fiskars 25-33 Inch Power-Lever Extendable Hedge Shear (9169). Happy Pruning!


Neon Spirea, a flowering shrub, blooms in late Spring and throughout Summer. If you prune in the Spring, you will cut off flower buds. Choose a nice Autumn afternoon to shape up your flowering shrubs, which encourage more blooms in the Spring!

 For beginner gardeners, the 3 most important aspects of pruning are:

  1. Make sure the pruning shears are clean
  2. Make sure the pruning shears have a sharp edge
  3. Make sure to cut “on the slant”

To see our Pruning playlist on YouTube, click here. For more on pruning, watch our Pruning Playlist! Check your local Home Depot, Lowe’s, online Burpee Gardening or eBay for their selection of flowering shrubs! To learn more about Snowmound Spirea, click here. For more growing details on Neon Spirea, click here. Information on our large white Azalea shrubs is here. To learn how to plant, fertilize and prune your way to a gorgeous garden, subscribe to our YouTube channel!

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