Smoke Bush pruning question
Helllllooo! I've had a big ol' smoke bush for a good 10-12 years which got out of hand with dead branches, etc. I actually was thinking of yanking it completely then found out I could just cut it all the way down to the ground and get myself a brand new bush. This has worked wonderfully and I've now got a nicely forming new SB. What I'm wondering is ... can I do this every year/every other year?? I don't care about the smoke flowers, dislike that branches die out, but LOVE the color and leaf texture of this shrub. I don't want to exhaust the poor thing by having it regrow each year ... but ... could I?
Also considering one of the gold-leaf varieties ... anything special I need to know about these?