I remember the first time someone told me to be wary of free plants. I was drooling over some bellflowers that a friend had ripped out of her garden. She had quite a pile of them, which should have been a tip off.
It's hard to pass up free flowers, especially when you are just starting your garden. But it's usually the garden thugs that are being offered - someone passing their garden problems off on you. You rarely see a slow growing gem like Epimedium being passed around. With thugs, those plants that elbow out other plants for garden dominance, you have to decide if you really love the plant enough to make the effort to keep it in check... forever. I'm not talking about invasives. I'm talking about otherwise perfectly good garden plants that get, shall we say, overly enthusiastic. I've made a list of 10 plants I would warn people about. What garden hooligans have you battled?
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