Answer: Both of these shrubs should be well mulched in late fall, but I would wait until spring to do any pruning. The branches can help protect the crown somewhat during the winter. In early spring, trim them back to remove winter damage and give a fairly symmetrical outline. Trim them back by about half to two thirds, or more if needed to remove winterkilled branches. After the main bloom flush, they can be sheared lightly to deadhead and encourage reblooming later in the summer. Enjoy!
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