Pruning Roses

Winter pruning of roses is in full swing. There are a bewildering array of types of roses, from hybrid teas and floribundas (pruned hard to a lower framework encouraging flowering stems on new growth) to ramblers, shrub and climbers, each benefiting from specific pruning techniques. The best approach is to see on what wood (old, new, lateral) last years flowers grew. Then work with the roses natural growth and flowering cycle to prune back old flowered wood to encourage healthy new flowering shoots.