I nominated husband for "Husband of the Year" in another thread - but now I'm ready to throttle him. He is the WORST gardener - EVER. Always has been. So obviously, plant/garden issues are all up to me. But every once in a while, he will get it into his head that something needs to be "trimmed". Now, if all he did was actually "trim" the thing in question, that would be one thing - but his "trimming" usually means a compete hack job on whatever poor plant he targets. Years ago, I had a gorgeous Honeysuckle bush. An extra wet spring gave the bush a "boost" and it was just covered in heaps of spectular, fragrant blooms. It made me so happy just to look at it or smell the flowers! Well, husband decided it needed a "trimming". I arrived home one day to find the entire shrub hacked down to virtually nothing. All the blossoms were stacked in a haphazard heap at the edge of the street for trash pickup. It was terrible. So you all understand why I might get nervous when husband decides something needs a "good trimming".... It is barely spring. A few things are just starting to become the slightest bit green around here. Most plants are still brown and dead-looking. difficult child wanted something to do to earn some money. I told her there wasn't much lawn work, but she could wash the cars. husband felt there were things that needed to be trimmed... I went out and made him SHOW ME what he wanted cut. Well, there was a butterfly bush that was nothing but dried stalks. These can be cut away because the shrub will come up from the ground. OK - no problem. So husband puts difficult child to work on the butterfly bush... difficult child comes in and says she trimmed all the bushes. Just the butterfly bush, right? Nope. husband had her do a few more.... So now a shrub that had just been beginning to turn really green has been hacked down to nothing. I'm not even sure what variety it was. I think a Vibernum? UGH! I'm so angry at BOTH of them right now! And does anyone know - If you cut a Viburnum down to nothing - will it come back? Or has it been completely killed?