trimming back cotinus now
Please advise me on heading back ....top pruning, shaping....a continus that put on about 2 feet of lush growth after a vigorous pruning in early spring.
I've been working on the framework for a few years now. They were up to seven feet tall, and recently I haven't the nerve to cut them back to, say, a few feet. Last time I did that it took two years for them to recover.
But this spring I did prune them very carefully back to five feet, trying to avoid creating "buggy whips"
They look great, if I wanted a 8 or 9 foot shrub. It's time for a haircut. But at this point in the season, how will the shrub react? I don't want to create a mess of twiggy growth on top
Thanks for your advice.