Pruning Large Woody Lavender
Firstly I am completely ignorant of plant management
We have an English lavender which has become very large and very woody. I guess it is actually 3 or 4 plants orginally.
In the summer it flowers, grows huge and has literally hundreds of bees all over it. We always forget to prune it in autumn and then in the winter get tired of the fact we cannot walk along the path any more and hack it back purely to gain access to the path.
It seems to survive (in a sense) because every year it flowers and the bees love it and it looks and smells lovely.
But I am wondering whether we ought to employ some intelligent strategy to the pruning. The plants are getting very large and very wood at the bottom and there are more and more off shoot off off shoots off off shoots if you know what I mean.
We'd like to keep it for summers but it is getting rather unmanageable. Any advice for this worse than novice would be appreciated.