Hello again! I think this will be my last ID need - I know what the rest of what I have are - thank you!!!!
These again were planted before we bought the house - no flowers, they do grow pretty fast - I've been shearing them back 3-4 times between spring and fall! The newer leaves come in a light green, while the older leaves darken to a nice deep green. They are evergreen. Are they some sort of holly?
Another question - how would I go about pruning them? As I said earlier, I've just been shearing them with hedgeclippers. I am inclined now to get the loppers and get all of the growth sprouting at the bottoms of them, and then thin out the branches a bit. "Inside" of the outer leaves, it is pretty much hollow - no leaves, just branches - not sure if they are even alive or not. I would like to get these shrubs down to about a 1 1/2 feet or so - just under the windowsill in the picture. Is that too much? Seems like every time I shape them up, I get as far as I can with the hedgeclippers, but the main trunk is way too thick for them. I would like to keep them, just cut them down appx. 1/3 of the way.
Any tips/help/ID/suggestions is really appreciated!! Don't know how lost I would have been without this forum