WEST HILL BLOG No. 20 Moving the Shrub ...

Moving the Shrub ... by that I specifically mean moving ...

  Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo' rather a mouthful, but worth remembering as its a useful shrub. It is principally grown for its purple foliage though it's flowers white globular flowers provide contrast in July.


In redesigning the newly named space that is the Sensory Garden; The Physocarpus is currently in the wrong place & would be better sited to the rear of the garden where it can be viewed as a backdrop, and provide height & contrast for other plants.

 Lifting the rootball, one is careful lifting the roots with as much soil as possible, however at the same time teasing out as much of the fine roots of weeds.  

While giving the plant the best possible start in its new location, some pruning was required; to the roots, which will encourage more fiberous root growth next year and to the crown, By reducing the height by half & removing the older woodier branches, more  growth will be encouraged next year.