When I inherited my garden there were few plants, a large fuchsia being the main inhabitant. Over the past three years i have largely neglected it, leaving it to grow woody and shower me with hundreds of flowers. It is now surpassing fence height, with a girth of the same length. I have decided it is time to train it into a more fitting size for my garden, however, a google has brought up people saying to cut fuchsia to a very low level in spring.
My question is, if i like the height, can I leave much of the current growth on, or should I cut back hard?
A sub question, is the fact it is so woody going to mean (like lavendula) that it wont take kindly to a hard prune in spring?
I have attached a photo. It is looking a bit rough this time of the year, but is normally pretty lush midsummer.