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I planted a Montana Spooneri in a raised bed when I first moved into my house and knew less than nothing about gardening... Now I just know nothing!  I think I thought the variety would be more restrained and it is but it's still taken over one side of the garden.

Its now 3 years old and quite woody. In an ideal world I'd like to replace it with a ceonthus or trachlospermum or just  something more restrained.

is it feasible to dig it up or should I just live with it because it does have beautiful scented flowers! 


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,109
    Dig it up or leave it, either is possible.

    Only you can decide really.🙂
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,932
    Give a hard prune after flowering.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,631
    Dig it out if it's not right for you or you have something better for that space. They can be controlled and cut back. If you have a sheltered space and prefer something more evergreen with a similar flowering time, Clematis x Cartmanii 'Avalance' might be a better option.

    Trachlospermum Jasminoides would be a good summer version. 
  • FfoxgloveFfoxglove UkPosts: 516
    Thanks all! I won't do anything until the flowers are done but I think I'll be sharpening my arm muscles to get it out!
     Small gardens like mine.   I think I have to be ruthless! 
  • Songbird-1Songbird-1 Posts: 4,000
    And here’s me practically begging our Montana to grow and grow because I want a new archway covered quickly! ( Only planted out last year) 
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,932
    ....Next year you might be begging it to stop eating your garden, @Songbird-1
  • Songbird-1Songbird-1 Posts: 4,000
    .....I’d love that 🤗In our old house the Montana covered a large arbor and was attacking the house guttering😂......but we just pruned it every year to control it. 
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,932
    I brought down my fence last year in the winds. I should have pruned it much harder - tricky on a trellis between terraced gardens. Not the best choice for me. I  have moved it to clamber over a shed instead. Fingers crossed.
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