Nandinas come in all shapes and sizes, each with year-round appeal. However, some varieties can benefit from pruning. Here are the proper techniques to employ.
Compact selections of nandina, such as Flirt™ Nandina, Blush Pink™ Nandina or Obsession™ Nandina from Southern Living, remain tidy with little or no pruning. Taller, ordinary nandina grows lanky and bare at the bottom over time. Pruning restores a full and compact look. Using hand pruners (never hedge shears), renew neglected clumps by cutting one-third of the main stalks to the ground every year for three years.
Maintain a natural appearance by pruning each stalk to a different height, cutting back to a tuft of foliage. Also, remove old and weak branches to encourage new growth. Any time of year, cut back a branch or two to use in a flower arrangement or wreath.