My recommendation is to prune it to the ground after it flowers next season. The shrub will recover quickly, and should perform even better the following year. A pair of sharp loppers will do the job, but if it is really large, it might require a chainsaw (if you aren’t comfortable using one, call a landscaper). If it’s really driving you crazy, go ahead and prune it lightly when it goes dormant this autumn, but I’d save the heavy pruning for next June.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.