A few years down the line, you wonder what you were thinking. Lily of the Valley is popping up everywhere, Datura seeded so thickly you need a fork to dig it out and your Obedient Plant is no longer deserving of its name. Some things we only learn with experience.
Today, instead of passing along a plant, pass along your wisdom and tell us what plant or plants you wish you had never planted in your garden. What Not to Grow
Plants I wish I'd never planted
- Houyttunia Chordata or chameleon plant, Brunnera, English ivy, Joe Pye, -- if you are content to have a mono-culture, plant any of these and within 4 years, every other plant will have been suffocated!
- —Guest Hostasrus
- I live in zone 4. There are no plants that I can't seem to be able to control. I know my neighbor has had a hard time with bamboo, but I find it easy to take out anything that wants to take over the yard.
- —Guest diane
- Once established there is no removing this 'nice background plant' but it will spread and spread with a tangle of roots.
- —Guest BA
- It's pretty and variegated and comes up everywhere, and is hard to pull up. And then there is snow in the summer. Seems that every slug in the neighborhood likes it under this stuff and it becomes ugly after it grows too long, for it needs to be chopped I guess. But that's how we all learn. Besides, how would you know if you didn't try it, right? Well good gardening to everyone.
- —Guest margie
- All of you must live in a zone 5 or higher. I love anything that grows! (zone 4) Except for that EVIL BAMBOO. not even attractive!
- —Guest diane
- I could've written schmerb's post! I am also dealing with a Rose-of-Sharon invasion, but they're pretty and attract hummingbirds, so it's a problem I can live with. Then there's Chameleon Plant, which I usually refer to by names not appropriate for use here. When I planted this in 2 different areas about 6 years ago, little did I know that their scent would trigger migraines. After monumental eradication efforts, it seemed they were gone for good...until this summer. I think there is a backhoe in my future...
Bleeding Heart Vine
- I have never hated a plant before, but Bleeding Heart Vine is truly horrendous! It is really beautiful, but it WILL take over your yard. Climbs everywhere, sends out runners underground, and pops up everywhere. I regret ever having laid eyes on this plant!! Can't get rid of it! Anyone know of a solution?
- —Guest Margie
Ivy takes over the world
- I'm opposed to Round-up, but I believe I'll have the Use it on the English Ivy I planted. It went from 1 tiny plant to choking out my shrubs and climbing all over my trees.
- —Guest pj2y
- This grows huge with lovely big white, lacy flower heads but when it goes to seed and scatters everywhere it is invasive. Angelica is commonly candied and used to decorate English Trifle and Christmas Cake. I tried unsuccessfully to candy it! I successfully removed it after several years.
- —Guest Eddie
Lily of the Valley
- Lily of the Valley is a pretty plant, but after a few years it becomes a nuisance. It is used to make perfume - and the bees really love it, but invasive plants are best grown in containers or confined to certain areas. Placing a strong barrier in the ground, deep enough to contain and control the roots should prevent the spreading of their overwhelming nuisances, and still allow you to enjoy the plants and flowers, etc.
- —Guest Evelyn
Invasive plant - Horse Tail
- Don't ever plant horse tail........Terribly invasive. It's a horrible plant.
- —Guest littlewass
Ditch the Dogwood Bush
- I planted a few stringy Dogwood Bushes to hide the power boxes that were behind out lot. They have beautiful leaves and red stems for winter interest. Those bushes grew into enormous tree-like structures. Not only did it resist being trimmed, but then I would find Dogwood springing up across the yard (I have no idea how that could happen) not just one or two, but several. So, six years later, the kind neighbor who bought the property behind us asked if we wouldn't mind if they cut it down. I was jumping for joy. I am constantly cutting down Dogwood that is springing up in random places in my yard.
- —Guest Merci Me
- Lupine is toxic to animals and spreads everywhere wildly--mine blew in the wind from a hostile neighbor's yard. Horsetail is graceful and beautiful, endemic to my Zone 3 area, and impossible to eradicate because it spreads by spores and its rhizome fragments when one pulls up the weeds, lurking until another day, another season.
- Beautiful perennial flowers - very hardy- but make sure to deadhead before the seeds drop. Really nice in a woodland garden but really - DEADHEAD!
- Lemon balm. I like a little, as I make tea with it, but it spreads everywhere. It makes so many new plants almost impossible to remove it all.
- —Guest Lin