There are over 100 species and thousands of cultivars of roses, but one thing they all have in common is the need for a bit of light pruning now and again. Simple pruning helps to promote vigorous growth and ensures plenty of colourful flowers. Pruning roses can be moderately difficult, especially if you’re dealing with an unknown species or particular cultivar, but these general tips will help you improve the lifespan and health of any roses in your garden. We’ve included a few more specific tips relating to popular species below too.