a little control on the oakleaf?
I realize this isn't a popular thing to do, but my gorgeous oakleaf hydrangea is sited in front of my electric meter and the meter reader periodically requests that I clear her a route.
Now that winter's here and the plant's form is so distinct, I'm planning to take out a few branches, but I don't want to destroy the shape of the plant. I understand about spring blooms, but I'll just have to sacrifice for this year.
My question: is it better to remove a few branches all the way back from the center of the plant, or to shorten more branches by cutting, say, two feet from the ends?
I realize this won't be a popular question! I, too, hate to reduce the size even a little bit (overall, it's lovely at about 10' in height and as much or more wide). Just hoping for a creative and not-too-painful solution on this one.
Thanks so much,