Storm-damaged lilac :-(
I have an elderly (20+ years) lilac bush that was severely damaged by storms this past winter - but though a couple of major limbs are all but broken off and hanging down, they're flowering like crazy! I was going to saw them off this spring but I saw they were going to flower so I thought I'd wait. Well I waited, and they're flowering, but ... gosh the whole plant looks pretty sorry. :-( Actually it was looking kind of sorry before the storm damage (really tall but kind of leggy and spindly around the bottom) and now it looks really sad. I'm really fond of the bush and I'd sincerely like to save it if I can, but it really needs help of some kind. Cutting it waaaaay back seems like the logical thing to do, but I don't know how far to cut it back. If I do cut it back, will it regenerate? And when should I do it? Can anyone advise me on this? Any suggestions would be most appreciated.