This one is "Midwinter Fire" and this what it looked like beforehand....
Not very fiery, even with the sun shinging directly on it. I think you will agree that the colour is a bit too bland on this bush, which is about four years old now. I have hitherto resisted pruning it drastically because it has grown very slowly. Now that has become well-established it needed the "short back and sides" treatment.
The Dogwood bushes in the border along the road side of the garden had got very big.
So they have had the same treatment:
This is what that massive straggly yellow one looks like now:
I chose a few strong-looking stems about half an inch thick as cuttings from which to propagate some new plants. I cut them to about 18 inches and just pushed them into the soil, to a depth of about 6 inches. I don't expect them all to live, but one or two new plants would be nice.
Well, I hope I have done the right thing. Otherwise I'll soon be taking a close interest in the Shrub section of my local Garden Centre! While these bushes are recovering, I think I will have to put in some Annuals to temporarily fill in the gaps.