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When to trim back shrubs

I have a rose of sharon. This is the third year with them. This year was the best they bloomed. I was told you should trim them back to help them bloom better. I know nothing about plants. When do I trim? Also I have a lilac brush that looks like it tries to bloom and then immediately the flowering parts turns black like it was burnt. When do I trim it to help it bloom better. I don't know what kind of lilac brush I have. All I want is the one that grows the big purple flowers and smells great!!
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Thanks for writing. The general rule is that early summer is the best time to prune spring-blooming shrubs and winter or early spring is the best time to prune summer-blooming shrubs.

Learn more with our pruning guide!

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