Generally, the best time to prune and contain any native shrub or groundcover is straight after it finishes flowering, or if it’s something that tends to bloom most of the year, at the end of a significant flowering period. Natives that flowered over spring, such as grevillea, bottlebrush and boronia, can be pruned now. Cut them back by at least a third then follow up with another light trim in a couple of months. This will get them to bush up and produce a lot of flowering wood, setting the plant up for a super show next spring. In the December issue , we feature a fabulous native garden on the outskirts of Toowoomba where the owners have crammed hundreds of flowering native plants into an average-sized suburban block. It’s quite a sight when everything is in bloom. Their secret to success – pruning!