I moved into a new house a year ago and there is an elderly honeysuckle which is grown as a kind of hedge outside. It was lovely last year, covered in flower and smelt heavenly. It is just coming into flower now and is again covered with its lovely reddish flower buds. In winter it is just twigs, and to be honest looks dead. It put on very little new growth last year and doesn't twine like other honeysuckles I have known. It is about three/four foot high along a low fence, although completely independent of it. It is very leggy, the old branches are thumb thickness at the base, and the leaves are all about half way up. I want to encourage lower growth as well as rejuvenating it if possible. Presumably I should cut it back after flowering, but don't know if I should do it drastically, or cut back say a third this year and do it over three years? If I did a drastic cut, would that stop it flowering next spring?
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