August 5, 2021

Pruning Around My Pool

Outdoor summer chores at my Bedford, New York farm continue with a good pruning of the shrubs around my pool.

Around the outside of the pool fence, I have a growing hedge of two dark-colored burgundy-black leafed specimens - Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’ and Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple' shrubs. I always try to incorporate unique and interesting plantings into my gardens - both these shrubs have superlative color and appealing form. They were first planted in 2018 and have done so well in this area. This week, my crew pruned them down quite a bit - some of the shrubs had grown more than a foot since spring.

Here are some photos.