Trimming a Sweet Almond shrub

Kure Beach, NC(Zone 9a)

I have a sweet almond shrub (Aloysia virgata) growing close to my house. I like the location, but it gets in the way of the sidewalk going to the front door. I want to trim it in an attractive manner that will give me the most blooms. From what I've read, this should be pretty easy and I'm familiar with trimming trees and shrubs.
Is there any things I should keep in mind that might not be obvious?
Thanks!
Barb

P.S. Looking at this pic, I'm thinking I could go nuts and espalier it against the wall...... Hhmmm.....

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Middle of, VA(Zone 7a)

I just wanna say how jealous I am...LOOK at that beauty!!!! Sadly I'm clueless as to a suggestions...I'm sure one of the others will jump in though...

Richmond, TX(Zone 9a)

Beachbarbie, I'm afraid your SAB is planted in an inadequate place. These plants get HUGE, in fact, can be small trees. Sure you can prune, but you will be cheating yourself of the fragrant blooms as you will have to prune often, maybe every mo or so to keep walkway clear. It wouldn't be hard to transplant, especially after a rain, and survival rate would be good if planted in a open space. The fragrance is so strong, I think you could still enjoy the lovely aroma from further away. I guess you could espalier it, but is not a natural growth pattern for this plant, so it may look weird, or you will spend lots of time wrangling it into shape.

Maybe you can plant an agastache in that location. Wouldn't have to prune and they are mostly xeric. Also, salvia clevelandii, another xeric and low shrub. I adore it, in my top 5 frag. shrubs.

Middle of, VA(Zone 7a)

salvia clevelandii???? Gonna have to look that one up....what's the fragrance like?

Richmond, TX(Zone 9a)

to me, it reminds me of sweet smelling incense. not strong enough to give u a headache, but strong enough that you can smell it 10-15 ft away. I adore it. Annie's Annuals carries it. sometimes I see it locally, but rarely. Mostly in late summer. I have killed a couple to overwatering. It is really a water miser.

Middle of, VA(Zone 7a)

Oooooo me thinks I need one.....hmmm I better check its hardiness first eh?

Kure Beach, NC(Zone 9a)

Vossner - I've been considering moving it for a while now. I do have a good spot that will give it enough room. Guess I'll just have to do it!
Chantell - this is one of my favorites. One of those "indespensible" plants. The smell is wonderful.
Barb

Richmond, TX(Zone 9a)

BB, I think it is a decision you will not regret. But, just in case, cut a couple of small branches now and stick in a very light soil mix or even vermiculite and place in a shaded area...just in case transplant doesn't take. They root easily for me, should be the same for u.

Middle of, VA(Zone 7a)

"root easily" - hmph....ROTFLOL I did buy one and put in my back yard last year...but I think this plant is borderline hardy here....guess I should meander out there and see if she's still 'with us.'

Richmond, TX(Zone 9a)

C, we had a harsh (for us) winter and mine died to the ground. First time ever. I hope yours was well mulched. I rooted some last fall but have given them all away locally since a few of my buddies lost theirs. But yes, very easy to root.

Kure Beach, NC(Zone 9a)

I'll do that. I tried rooting some unsuccessfully late last Fall. Should do better now.
Barb

Marathon, FL(Zone 11)

I just got 3 of these. One I am going to keep compact in a pot and grow as a bush. The other 2 I am training as standards hoping they will be small trees in a couple of years. The smell is incredible. Vanilla, almond, cherry. It reminds me a lot of Heliotrope.

Kure Beach, NC(Zone 9a)

ig - sounds like a great idea.
The one I transplanted didn't make it, so now I'm without one. I need to replace it.
Glad you responded to this thread, I had forgotten to look for one.
A reason to plant shop. Yes!
Barb

Marathon, FL(Zone 11)

I'm sorry yours didn't handle the transplant Beach_Barbie. You just never know, some plants seem to handle it, others never recuperate. I'm glad to know this one is fussy about being moved once it is in the ground and has some size to it so I won't try to move mine once they are established. One of my Milky Way trees bloomed today, lovely, fresh scent. It sort of reminds me of Simple Green, Jasmine and Pikake A very complex fragrance on this one.

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