Overgrown old azaleas
I've been in my house in Roswell for 2 summers now and have really let a row of azaleas in the backyard go. I'd like to keep them as they are at the end of a flat area in the back and beyond them is a pretty steep down slope into the woods. However, I'd like to clean the area up a bit for some usable backyard space and currently then bushes are taller than I am and each bush is as wide as it is tall (well over 5 feet.) I know that if I wack them back now they won't bloom next spring, but I really don't care. What I would like to know is:
1 - Do you think they will survive being cut down to 2'?
2 - Will they return to this size in one season or will it take several years (in a shady spot)?
Thanks in advance for any advice anyone has!
PS - These bloom pink only in the spring and I believe they were put in when the place was built 30 years ago. Nothing fancy about these plants like encores!