Well, I am getting a little gutsy with my plants this year. I actually threw out a few plants. So far, I've trashed:
Raubritter - always eaten, never grew nice.
Buddleia - Sungold. Was nice in its original spot, but in its new spot, it got spider mites every year and so I couldn't move it or give it away. Grows next to the herbs so I couldn't spray either.
Reine de Violette got cut to the ground. If it grows back nicer, then it can stay but I have never been wowwed by this one even if it is thornless.
Threw out a big clump of iris that was overgrowing the other plants.
Dug up 4 seedlings of Rosa Rugosa Rubra. They are four or five years old. This year, I finally got two flowers. They shed in a day and had no scent. So they are gone. Probably would have bloomed in another yard but not sure.
Most of my hollyhocks have had a terrible time with rust and weevils this year. So just as they were ready to bloom, I wacked them to the ground. Those I will use mancozeb which was successful in the past and let them start again if they will.
Viburnum trilobum CompactumÂ got a severe haircut and looks terrible now. This plant decided not to stay compact. This year it just splayed open wide in the middle with a few straight up strong stems left up. Probably it was getting ready to round out but I wasn't willing to give it so much space. Additionally, it looks like it suckered a little so it lost its grace it had as a small plant. Hopefully it will grow back with some shape to it.
Other plants in danger:
Variegata de bolonga - Not in the best spot but still gets many blooms. The leaves start coming off almost immediately after bloom. Floppy plant but I may limit it to a couple of canes, wrap it on a pillar with a clematis.
Two female longstalk hollies. These plants just don't get dense for me and the growth habit of one differs from another. Not a good hedge plant so far. Should not have listened to Fairweather and pruned them harder. I'll keep the male and a female but either two will have to go or get moved. I think the shape of the plant is affected by where they take the cuttings on this one.
Constance Spry - She's healthy but I have to cut down on the roses and she doesn't thrill me for some reason.
Martine Guillot is on the danger list. I like it because it is a little later but what a sloppy habit and its thorny. Another one that I will try to find a spot to pillar it and grow only a few canes. The pictures of the blooms look great but again, not thrilled by them. Could be a heavy bloomer in another spot. One more chance for this one.
Lysamachia Firecracker - pretty in spring but really, an ajuga like Jungle Beauty or Caitlin's Giant would be more effective and doesn't get leggy and green.
Pee Wee Hydrangea paniculata (not the oakleaf)- Who named this Pee Wee? It is the biggest of the four I have of this type of Hydrangea. Pee Wee refers to the size of the flowers and leaves only. I pruned it into tree form this year, we will see. It has a good chance of staying but space is an issue and the leaves lack interest.
I ramble (as usual). So...did you shovel prune?