We moved to our current house last september and inherited (among others) a very neglected hydrangia Annabelle. Now that the weather is getting a bit warmer I wanted to try and make it a beautiful plant again. But I'm not quite sure how. Usually with an Annabelle I would prune to around 15 or 20 cm above grond level and let is grow out whilst suppurting with bamboo canes. But this Annabelle has started to make new buds on the existing branches. I know for a fact that it hasn't been touched for at least the last four or five years. It is about 1,5 meters high, with bare branches from the ground to about a meter up, and with buds forming on thr top one third of the plant. I'm afraid if I cut it down to the ground it won't grow,yet if I cut is back to the first set of buds from the top I'll be left With a very bare plantat the bottom. What do I do??