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About a year ago I moved to a new house whose previous owner loved to sheer plants. Ugh!

I am hardly a master gardener, but I do understand the basic principles of pruning and I'm reasonably successful at maintaining the appearance and health of plants that either I planted or were in decent shape when I inherited them.

But, I really don't know how I should go about rehabilitating plants that have been sheared for quite a number of years.

When leafed out, this plant looks like Witch Hazel to me

This plant is a very tight ball

When I bought the house both levels of this plant were perfect cylinders. Overtime, it has grown out some, but within another year, the top of the bottom level is going to grow right into the top level (not to mention that the two level look is just odd!).

This plant has grown out very little in a year… It has the shape of a three-dimensional trapezoid and is very tightly sheared.

This little guy looks like an alien from another planet!

Can any of these be saved, or do I have to rip them out and start over (unfortunately, there are multiple plants of each kind in the garden)? is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to