Remember my Yucca aloifolia gift that I planted directly to the right of the path by the front door? Well…turns out that was not such a great idea. Nothing says welcome like slicing a visitors calf open on the way to the front door – YIKES!
Before: I really loved the idea of this yucca growing straight up this post – I think it would have looked wicked cool! Although, it is not the ideal location for a few reasons, the most important one being safety.
After: The Spanish Bayonet yucca is SUPER sharp and rigid therefore it needed to be relocated to a place with less foot traffic. Not to mention, upon further research, I recognized it is prolific and has lots of babies! Sure it grows straight up and would have looked great up the post where it was….UNTIL it had babies into the front path and I had to cut them away. In its new home the yucca can have babies to its hearts content creating a little yucca grove (reported to get 10×10). This evergreen spiky screen is very desirable to me in this location as it adds to my xericstyle living fence and it will take the property line definition all the way to the street.
Following are a couple pictures of this yucca in yards around the area to demonstrate its growth habit and to illustrate what I am trying to accomplish by re-locating mine:
And at this home, the last time I saw this yucca grove mama was standing upright! Now she fell and the grove gets bigger. SO GLAD I MOVED MINE! A lot of valuable research can be done driving around looking at the plants you want, or are about to plant. In this way you can see how they grow, what their mature size is, etc, etc.
The take away for me is that it is simply not worth it to prune plants to MAKE them what YOU want….all they really want to be is what they are. Plants should be appreciated for what they are and utilized accordingly. In this way, they are happier and will look better as well. Win, win….right?
Right plant, right place – xericstyle…