Don’t prune hydrangea stems; The new blooms grow on the woody stems.

Don’t prune roses too low; Since many roses are grafted onto the roots of another kind of rose, if you prune too low to the ground, what comes up will not be the hybrid your expected but another type altogether.

Don’t prune woody herbs too low or too early (or maybe at all); Certain herbs – lavender, thyme, sage and rosemary – are woody plants. Just like trees, if you cut them down, they die. Pruning one too low is likely to kill the plant or injure it severely.

Excerpts from a Handbook for Gardening in NOVA

Written by Margaret Fisher & Friends. This book is for sale at several of our locations and can be ordered on-line through It is full of quick, easy to read tips on gardening in the Northern Virginia area.