We tried to dig some of them out with pointy shovels, pick-axes, etc., but these suckers were there before I moved in and had no intentions of leaving. We eventually decided that the only way to get them out would be to dig around the rootball as much as we could, and pull them out with a truck or come-along. Unfortunately, that was too dangerous for both our bumpers and our aforementioned weak foundation, under which the roots of the rangy shrubs had grown. So how did the bed in the picture above come to look like the bed in the picture below?
We gave up and cut off the trunk of the holly with a saw, as close to the ground as possible, then covered it with mulch! Tricky, huh?! And you'd never know!
I planted a dwarf gardenia next to where the stump is, and added a bunch of gifted and passalong perennials to the bed (mums and lambs ears from mom, bulbs from Lesley, bulbs and daylilies from Lynn, and bearded irises from Katherine). The lambs ears are enjoying their new home:
And the rose bush (with its first bud of 2009) is no longer hidden by the holly:
Wasn't it a travesty to have this beauty hidden from the street by that holly?