pruning droopy PG: gulp!
Even after reading whatever I can find about pruning PGs, I'm still petrified to pull out the pruners, so hope someone can reassure me.
I have a couple of PGs next to my house, and love them. They flower well, but the flowers contribute to some serious drooping. Propped up, the branches would probably be 8-10' tall;drooped, they're probably 4 - 5. They're getting big for the space, and the drooping hides the flowers. Other people have less droopy PGs. So prune, right?
Here's the thing. If I prop up the branches, the lower section is bare - no leaves, just stems. I cleaned out all of the dead stuff last spring. I'm afraid if I chop it back, it won't have enough leaves to support it. At the same time, I think if the branches were shorter, they wouldn't droop so much, and the flowers would show.
So prune, right? How much? Til it looks right for the space, and disregard the brown, because it'll disappear in the spring anyway? I think I need counseling for my prune-phobia. Thanks!