How do I get these gardenias back in shape?
I have four gardenia bushes that have been the victims of neglect. They are growing fine, but have become leggy and lack shape. At the moment, they also have some leaves that look rather dry and brittle. I think they got a touch of the recent cold we had, although I covered them.
I have no idea what variety they are, they were funeral home plants from when my mother died in 2002. I started with two, and when they produced offshoots I separated them and they've done well, although they don't bloom much. They get perhaps three hours of direct sun during the summer, otherwise they are in partial shade.
Is it OK to prune them rather drastically, and start over with shaping? How much can I safely cut off? I realize they may not bloom this year, but that is OK, since they don't much anyway. I would rather have them look a little neater, and work on the blooming issue later.