Every year I have to convince the gardener it doesn't need pruning so harshly as he once did it and it ended up with just little pom-poms of flowers.
Late last year one side of it looked very dead with no leaves so I asked the gardener to cut out the dead wood and see if it would recover. It has started to produce leaves again but still half of it was completely bare. Decided to have a go myself and gave it quite a butchering. I am sure my arm will be aching tomorrow after the hard sawing. Stuart came out to help and tried building a bivouac with the dead branches, with the help of Poppy of course.
These were only about a third of the dead branches
This is what is left of the shrub now. Think I might have to find something to replace it.