Posted: 13/03/2013 at 16:25
Diablo can get big. Mine has but I don't mind as it's on the border between me and an arable field.
I would suggest samucus Black lace as an alternative with deep, dark foliage and good flower heads and which responds well to pruning back when it gets too big.
The colourful stemmed cornus would also be good as they get pruned each spring to grow new stems for the fresh winter colour. Alba Sibirica has the reddest stems. Elegans has variegated foliage and burgundy stems. Midwinter Fire has flame effect stems but can sucker when happy and end up invading a bed.