Hi there. I have a large (8 foot) Viburnum in my garden that is out of control. It's huge and it has been seriously damaged by frost during this year's storms. Can anyone advise as to what's best to do? I'm wary of cutting it back as the leaves seem to be at the end of rather large stalks, but can't really leave it as is. If I cut it back will it defoliate and recover? TIA for any advice. MA.
The top photo looks like possible wind or cold weather damage, and you will need to prune back. There will be a period of barren twigs, but they will recover. Once you have pruned it back, you will stimulate new growth. It might be a good idea to also prune back the healthy branches surrounding the area. This is in case there are damaged branches that don't rejuvenate, the branches around it, once pruned back a bit, will grow over that bare patch and hide and cover that area eventually.