The Elephant In The Room
Standing much like an elephant in the room I have an Osmanthus heterophyllus that has out grown the garden space it is in and rather than digging this pachyderm up and prodding it along to a more appropriate border with a bull hook like garden tool I have buried my head in the soil for what has perhaps been too long. The last few years I have taken the simplistic tact of trying to camouflage this elephant by planting larger trees near by but frankly this has been as successful as adding two large chairs to a tiny room hoping no one would notice the polka dot sectional sofa. I am also considering shearing this guy down by one third or more of itÂs over all size but I am not sure if this will leave me a shrub with a bad hair cut and no hat to hide it. Has anyone severely sheared an Osmanthus? How long did it take to fill in? This is a nice specimen of Osmanthus heterophyllus so I hate the thought of risking loss from transplant or dwarfing it with pruning shears each year, do you have any other ideas for what can be done with a large shrub in a small garden? kt.