Magnolias are one of those luxurious plants that you may fear ever going near with a pair of loppers.
So common that you can't imagine spring without its fragrance.
Syringa, also commonly known as lilac, is a very common plant, and if you’ve inherited a garden, then you may well find lilacs hidden away amongst the foliage. Luckily, lilacs are one of those plants which grow relatively slowly and only ever require a light prune. So, if you forget to cut back one year, it doesn’t really matter.
Prune lilacs in late winter
Lilacs are best pruned in the late winter. Be careful not to prune lilacs back too hard, unless you would like to dramatically reducing a plant’s size. Cutting off a large number of branches means it’ll be years before your lilac reaches its original size again.
Remove diseased or crossed branches
The best thing to do is to remove just dead, diseased or crossed branches, as well as shoots growing in the wrong directions. Take each flowered stem in your hand and trace back to a healthy bud below the current year’s growth. Use sharp secateurs to make a clean cut directly above the healthy bud.
Remove faded blooms
If you want to tidy your plant up after flowering, snip off the faded flowers, taking care not to cut away new buds. Lilacs flower on their growing tips, so by all means remove blooms, but be sure to leave the actual stem untouched if you want it to grow.