Thanks ,yes I know I'm probably sounding silly ....that particular shrub is very close to a column Apple tree that my parents bought for us just before my Mum died, so I am really trying to keep it as it is and not disrupt the area too much. But yes you are right @Verdun we could/ should replace it. I wasn't really 'into' gardening as I am now when all our shrubs were planted.....I just thought that the pretty variegated ones would always remain.....well...variegated!!!!!. Now with the kind help from you all here I now know better. everyone!