You're supposed to prune evergreen shrubs in February around here, so I'm told. I've always been a shy, reluctant pruner, and as a result my bushes on the patio have taken on a life of their own. I decided that this year was the year to be brutal with the tall and scraggly things. I hope I haven't killed them. Here they are before I had my way with them:
I'm hoping they'll recover in a couple of years and I can be more diligent about keeping them in shape from now on.
I did look in my books for advice, and I looked online, too, so I'm hopeful. Not exactly confident, but hopeful.