It is rather comforting to see the same plants and sort of makes the new house feel more like home because old plant friends are there through different seasons.
I have moved lilies, iris, day lilies, boxwoods, hostas, and such with great success.
I've also moved this grey, barn-shaped mailbox a couple of times because I like to keep my gardening gloves and tools hidden inside and handy for use.
Digging up a root of the false indigo to move it was another story. I dug and tugged and strained until I finally got a piece of a root. I didn't really think it would grow, but I put it in the ground beside this mailbox post anyway.
At my last house, it grew to be about three feet tall as described in this article.
I am just now learning that it is a difficult plant to move because it doesn't like its roots disturbed. So, I guess I should be grateful that it survived and thrived near the steps of the back porch.
I learned that the blooms were used to create a blue dye at one time and that is how the plant got the common name of false indigo.
Since I was lucky and the transplanted root grew well for me after the last move, I guess I will follow the advice of the article mentioned previously and take some of the seed to plant in a different location rather than moving the plant I have and risk loosing it altogether.
Maybe I'll also start some little plants to pass along to the daughters and daughters-in-law like my Granny, my great aunt, and my mother have done for me.