Why do they grow it?

anthirum(TropicalFNQ)March 30, 2004

Is there any plant, or flower, that you see many people planting but cant understand why? Is there any plant you consider ugly, unattractive or useless for the garden, but still see many people around using it in their landscape plans?

I cant stand conifers...why people here in one of the most humid and hottest climates on the globe persist with plants that belong in a snowy field is beyond me.

Come on, lets us know what it is that YOU hate...

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padraig_1(Florida 9a)

I may get shot for treason or heresy, or banned from the GW, but I cannot stand Cannas. To me, they are straggly and unkempt and the leaves turn brown and look wilted and diseased. I have a neighbor who thinks they're just wonderful, so she has planted jillions of the ugly things around her home. Her garden is straggly and unkempt, etc. Luckily she is not across the street. I'll be interested to see what else is on the "hit" list for forum members. Interesting thread.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2004 at 10:19AM
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Ligustrum, any kind. "Plain Jane" plants with little interest and high, high pollen levels. Makes spring a misery. And you see them being sold by the hundreds at every single garden center. They can't afford not to sell them. There are so many plants that would be better suited for hedges and such but are over-looked. I'll NEVER understand it.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2004 at 11:20AM
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mistiaggie(z9A Tx)

Someone mentioned confiers in southern areas and how you couldn't stand them. Well, they grow naturally in these areas. Piney Woods of Texas, or just drive through N. Florida. They live here.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2004 at 11:29AM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

Yucca in Michigan. I think they look like they should be in a desert somewhere. And once you plant one you cannot get rid of it. I dug down 2 feet to get at the roots. That was 5 years ago. Since then I've covered it with lawn and mowed over it twice a week all summer for 5 years. Those buggers are still coming up! And multiplying! I just bought a cottage and discovered--you guessed it--yucca planted around the garage! Maybe I should try weed killer. I don't know if I hate them that badly.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2004 at 10:22AM
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Colorado Blue Spruce -- Not that I hate them, but I've rarely (never?) seen them used well. IMHO they belong near the snow covered mountains, their coloration just doesn't blend well with the native vegetation in the mid-Atlantic.

Azaleas -- Beautiful when used well, but too often the most garish colors are plopped down with no regard for the colors of the house or even the other azaleas they are near.

Hey docmom, I like the idea of yucca even in Michigan -- but to each his own!

    Bookmark   April 4, 2004 at 5:00PM
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moogies(z8, D/FW Texas)

My neighbor (in our old neighborhood) grew some kind of enormous cactus or succulent on their corner lot. It grew about 12' tall and wide with huge leaves like a yucca - it looked just like something from Little Shop of Horrors ("Feed me, Seymour!")

Their home was very formal, with formal plantings around the house - just this huge man-eating plant on the corner.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2004 at 11:22PM
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MeMyselfAndI(5/6 central OH)

I dislike the obligatory rows of alternating, widely-spaced dusty miller and red pelargoniums marching through landscapes.

As a color scheme, I can't understand why people would use just red and yellow. Too many meals at McD's?

    Bookmark   April 8, 2004 at 2:37PM
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GingerBlue(z6 MO)

Right now it's tulips. I LOVE tulips planted in mass. But in most gardens it's one here and two there, standing around looking sick and lonely.

And whiskey barrels planted with red geraniums and dracaena spikes and vinca spilling down the sides. Especially obnoxious when placed on either side of the driveway.

Oh, another one. Anything planted in an alternating rows all across the front of a lawn.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2004 at 10:23PM
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jkom51(Z9 CA/Sunset 17)

Two--no, three--major dislikes:
(1) Stiff rows of rigidly clipped, anonymous green muffins, standing at attention along the house foundations, and/or rimming a lawn. Ugly and unimaginative, and nobody ever seems to actually use a front yard like this for anything except to walk past it on the way to the car
(2) Those hideous contorted junipers. Maybe they have a place somewhere, but planted smack up against a house on either side of the front porch (can you tell what the original landscaping looked like when we bought our house?), like nightmare horticultural monsters waiting to grab unwary visitors, is definitely not one of them. Ugh!
(3) People who plant 60-100' evergreen trees under power lines, in tiny urban yards, or in narrow median strips where the roots break up the concrete on both sides.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2004 at 9:41PM
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Fire-engine red salvias all in a row.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2004 at 2:50PM
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Here in Florida it is the generic tropical hibiscus. Lined up in a row and sheared like a hedge. Nothing special, usually red or pink, everybody has one and they all look alike. Step outside the box and get something unique and try planting curves. Just my thoughts nova

    Bookmark   April 14, 2004 at 2:36PM
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Ajuga, I planted a few, they were pretty, then they spread like crazy. I am gradually getting rid of all of them that tried to take over my rock garden. Whenever I see them for sale, I want to tell people looking at them to come over and help themselves to mine.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2004 at 12:26PM
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Sachis2112(z10 CA)

Bird of Paradise. They have their place and in the middle of a pot full of red impatients offset by flax... ick. I see that in a lot of shopping centers. Or with some small, variagated leaf ivy. Grrr.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2004 at 12:45AM
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I think most of the ones I dislike have been mentioned, garish cannas, scratchy junipers, the hideous combo of red & yellow tulips. I guess I'd also add petunias to the mix.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2004 at 11:29PM
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I hate boxwood shrubs. They stink. Bees nest in them and they make me think of the 50's and 60's landscaping scene.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2004 at 8:38AM
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Mvespa(Z6 NJ)

Marigolds... I hate Marigolds.

How about this one: fake or silk flowers in pots, yard or gardens - what's the point of that? Especially once they get all dirty - yuk!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2004 at 1:53PM
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Those evergreens that are trimmed to look like poodles. I did that once at a house we bought, where the bagworms had nearly killed the bush. But then was embarrassed to have the stupid-looking thing in my yard!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2004 at 10:32AM
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kaerie22(z8 Austin, TX)

I hate any bush that has been trimmed into little weak looking, weird shapes. And my neighbor's 1 inch tall grass, which he mows once a week, even in the winter. Why buy plants and then spend so much time and effort preventing growth?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2004 at 10:23AM
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The marigolds that look like dandilions. Why??????? We try to get rid of weeds why would someone buy a plant that has a flower like that?
geraniums expecially red-not shure why, maybe because its been done to death.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2004 at 2:46AM
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I hate hollies because I like to walk barefoot through the yard and they are sharp and stick to the bottom of my feet. I am also not wild for the yards that plant like 1K pansies and nothing else (we have three in my neighborhood). I think it is the total lack of imagination that does it for me.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2004 at 2:05PM
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qbirdy(z4/5 Central NY)

I love seeing happy yellow dandelions in a yard, or feild. I don't mind them in my yard either, and I grew marigolds that looked like them too LOL!!! What I can never figure out is why people would plant begonias. I think they are so gross, the flowers are ok but the leaves are icky. Why someone would spend money on them is beyond me. Another one I can never figure out is yucca. It makes my sweetheart very emotional every time I mention yucca, since he hates it. "Yucca! YUCKAA!!!" and he forbids me from ever buying one! LOL! I think they are nasty too.
I would LOVE to have bird of paradise! I think it would be neat to have them up here!!

    Bookmark   May 14, 2004 at 9:54PM
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cherig22(MO 6a/6b)

Privet.....and viburnum. Although they are kind of pretty, lordy do they stink! Privet trimmed into a hedge is nice if you have a BIG yard, and Viburnum just doesn't do anything for me no matter what you do to it. Most folks try to grow them like crepe myrtle trees, but they are just ugly......and did I mention that the flowers stink?


    Bookmark   May 17, 2004 at 7:21PM
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Okay don't be trashin my marigolds! The one I hate and is finally going away down here in South Carolina is red tips! They are just plain ugly!

    Bookmark   May 21, 2004 at 12:02AM
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lilycrazy(Zone 5- Iowa)

What I dont like is people planting the "wrong" things- like vegetables in the front of the house. One of my neighbors sticks a few odd tomatoes and peppers in the flower garden- might not be so bad, if it werent for the TOMATO CAGES

    Bookmark   May 21, 2004 at 4:30PM
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Petunias--what are they thinking? You go the plant center and there are basket after basket of fuzzy, stringy petunias that are only going to get WORSE looking. Gives me the willies.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2004 at 10:27PM
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jkw7aj(z8a (Sunset 5))

Most of mine have been mentioned, but they irk me too much to keep silent. Here's my top ten:

1. Junipers, anywhere (I don't think people realize how enormous they eventually get ... they never really stop growing).
2. Anything planted in a single, straight row along the front walk.
3. Dusty Miller and Ornamental Cabbages -- every year in the Pacific Northwest, the homeowners and commercial landscapers march out like robots and plant row after row of the above two plants (I can't even mention their names again). Why? I might not object if they weren't freakin' *everywhere* and used in *exactly the same way*!
4. Uninspired, house-to-street and driveway-to-sidewalk, perfectly straight, square and smooth, green (green! I mean GREEN!) grass lots (usually with a martial row of cubed juniper hedges somewhere in the vicinity).
4. Poodle bushes. Poodle trees. Anything highly manicured and completely unnatural looking.
5. Impatiens. A very unimpressive plant if you really look at it. And always planted in the thousands, it seems. And the flowers turn to goo about 37 seconds after you get water on the petals. Ick.
6. Junipers. Did I mention junipers?
7. Pink rhodies, next to red rhodies, next to yellow rhodies, above blazingly purple evergreen azaleas, right next to orange evergreen azaleas, interplanted with white evergreen azaleas (the last one wouldn't be bad, except that their one, massive, all-over bloom period lasts exactly 3 days, then the flowers turn the color of poor soil and hang on the shrub for weeks and weeks and weeks...)
8. Large swathes of screamingly bright annuals.
10. Junipers.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2004 at 9:39AM
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poppa(z5 MA)

Weepy trees of any kind, melting blobs of greenery dripped upon the lawn....
Lawns! manicured or forlorn. lush and pampered or weedy tomcat rouges all look unatural and too much of a fuss or eyesore....
Annuals! artificial color - might as well place a few plastic wreaths on the yard...
shrubs!!! green piles of poo.
perennials!!! dead and dying leaf catchers 's all they are.
trees!!!! factories for theose perennial leaf catchers - bah!

Pave it all with fragrant tarmack! nothing like being hit with that sweltering heat wave on a sunny day!! Ahh, a giant sauna! A human-sized frypan where a cold beer tases best!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2004 at 12:18PM
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manifest(USDA 11a, Sunset 24, CA)

Ivy. I really don't like ivy, especially when it's gotten so old that it's knee deep. In some houses that have very steep front yards in this area, homeowners, rather than terracing the area, will just let ivy to grow all over.

It's been said before, but I'm not fond of junipers, either.

Huge lawns that have nothing interesting going on for them aside from the fact that it's a...lawn.

Jade plants. They're everywhere here! They get as big as bushes and I understand why people like jade plants so much.


    Bookmark   May 28, 2004 at 4:09AM
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babanna(z5 NY)

have to say I don't like junipers either....and just plain hate hate hate joe pye weed...its a weed. and its way too plentiful here and too tall and I just can't believe people pay for this weed or daisies Queen Anne's lace and black eyed susans for that matter. Next they'll be selling dandelions....calling them the parsely type plant or something...they are already selling elderberries, choke berries, and other pain in the butt to this area plants...
wow! Sorry! guess I just hate that some people love these weeds! Come take all the bittersweet you want too...what a noxious weed...spreads faster than anything .

    Bookmark   June 6, 2004 at 12:59AM
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Waitforspring(6 MA)

Holly--it's fine in the woods, but in a small yard it takes up entirely too much room and pruning it is hazardous and impossible to keep up with. I cringe when everyone tells me how much they love my hollies. They came with the house. Unfortunately DH who doesn't garden likes them.
And ivy. It would take over the world if you let it.
Also any flowering shrub that people prune into formal shapes--usually right before they flower!

    Bookmark   June 6, 2004 at 4:22PM
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I hate ivy. Someone who lived in our house before we bought it had ivy growning along the north side of the house. I can't kill it. I hate it and I also hate Bermuda grass. These are two things that can't die.


    Bookmark   June 15, 2004 at 11:28PM
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Bougainvillea! Huge thorns, grows out of control, blooms well once a year if you're lucky. What do people see in this plant?

And Queen Palms. The most overused landscape plant in Florida.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2004 at 1:06PM
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Boxwoods--ugh! Whoever lived in my house before had a row of 'em planted along the front walk, and everytime there was a hard rain, they would splay. Also great places to loose dog toys--think the Kite Eating Tree in the Peanuts strips. Furthermore, they blocked the sun so that any wintertime ice/snow that was on the walkway would not melt. (now what mental giant came up with that idea??) Anyway, back in 1997, my dad offered to dig them up and I told him to knock himself out. It was a lot of work, and I'm sure the County recycling people loved picking up all that brush, but it was so worth it! I planted ditch day lilies there and it looks really good, plus any ice/snow on the walk actually gets a chance to melt.
Bearded iris. Looks good in other people's yard but not mine. I have some, but it doesn't want to bloom half the time.
I do like the small Dutch iris though.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2004 at 11:21AM
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Hydrangea. Especially blue hydrangea. For some reason it looks very artificial to me. Like the dyed daisies florists sell.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2004 at 1:18AM
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I can sort of understand placing a large rock or two strategically as part of a landscaping pattern, although I'd rather see a large evergreen shrub, a large sedum or something aive.
I can understand putting a large rock at the curve of the road so that people don't drive into your garden.
But why do people get one gigantic rock, put it in the middle of the lawn, and leave it there, naked?
A few people in my neighborhood have done this and it looks awful.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2004 at 9:21PM
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CarolAnne(Toronto, ON)

Ooh, this is fun. I'm jumping in. A lot of the ones mentioned here I'm in agreement with, particularly impatiens, but the ones I haven't seen are peonies and centura (sp?).

Now, I know many people love these little ant-encrusted plants but as soon as they bloom they fall over and make a total mess everywhere, especially after a rain.

I've found a good compromise - peonie tulips. You get the flower without the mess.

Centura attracts ugle black wasps and spread like a fiend. I had a big batch by my deck, ripped it out and the next year they had spread to another patch 100 ft away to the back of the yard. That was four years ago and I still find the odd leaf trying to break through.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2004 at 10:53AM
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Great expanses of pristine green lawn, each grass blade clipped to within an inch of its life. You just know the whole thing has been drenched in chemicals; fetilizers, pesticides, herbicides. Gives me the willies every time I pass one.
People here who wrap their evergreens in burlap. From November to April, their gardens are graced by the lovely sight of burlap covered blobs, surrounded on three sides by plywood.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2004 at 9:23AM
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Bushes trimmed to look like gigantic demon claws clutching at the house. I'm not against topiary per se, but this neighbors shrubs scare me! D'ya think outward shrubs are a sign of inner turmoil?

    Bookmark   July 22, 2004 at 3:10PM
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pennycp(Z6 SE Penna)

Forsysthia. Weeds as far as I'm concerned. And people pay money for them!

And blue rug spruce. I hate that stuff, it's so ugly. It goes all brown, and you can't get in to weed it because it's so prickly. And it's root hold on tight when you try to tear it out.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2004 at 3:07PM
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vicki7(z7 N.Ga.)

I agree with a lot of the ones already mentioned, but I just have to especially agree with one: Cannas! Seems like they are all stalk and leaves, but very little flower. And the leaves are always ragged and turning brown. I also can't stand nandinas, landscape-devouring ivy, liriope, and the ever-present juniper.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2004 at 6:38PM
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cncnorman(z7 FW/TX)

Oh gosh, I just have to say it - Mimosa trees! These are the most disgusting, weak branching, lawn littering trees I have ever seen! OMG, it feels so good to get that off my chest. Thank you!

    Bookmark   July 27, 2004 at 7:12PM
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pennycp(Z6 SE Penna)

OHHH! I forgot about mimosa trees! I hate those things! We had three at our old house and years after we cut them down we were still pulling baby ones out of the garden. Like hundreds of them.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2004 at 8:40AM
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Just found this thread, got to add my rant:

Red tips, with their nasty brown spots! Ick!

And the petunia's, here in DFW from fall to spring, they are everywhere! And the cabbages too! The 1st year I was here it was unigue and intriguing, now 3 years later they both make me want to scream, "Find something else, please!".

Love roses, but they need care, if you want a plant to ignore, don't plant a rose! We have one single rose plant in front of our post office here, it is never pruned and looks pathetic, every time I go there I want to grab a pair of pruning shears and trim it! WHY did they plant it? I could understand if it was a rambling bush, it's not, it's a beautiful yellow/pink hybrid...but it looks all scraggly and overgrown.

I agree - I've always thought cannas are ugly, and they always look out of proportion! This has bothered me since I was a very small child!

Up north it's those tall narrow trees, I think they're cypress, planted in a line and always have some dead or missing plants in the line...hate that!

Interesting thread, I thought I was the only one that was bugged by things like this!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2004 at 12:24AM
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I agree with the Bird of Paraidse, especially the Giant ones grown around SoCal. The leaves turn rattty in the wind, they're shelter for snails, the leaves always are brown and yucky-looking. It doesn't rain here for months at a time so they collect soot... shall I go on?


    Bookmark   September 15, 2004 at 6:30PM
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How come no-one mentioned junipers?

    Bookmark   September 15, 2004 at 8:19PM
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ROFLMBumO!!! This is a great thread!!

Thing I hate is when the people here in the north followed the trend to pull all the junipers and boxwoods and junipers and yews and junipers and arborvitaes that were growing in muffin rows next to the house to put in perennial beds. They forgot the house would look nekked all blasted winter long! Now we get to look at some pretty ugly concrete foundations for months on end.

Jean (who knows how to properly prune a yew hedge; no muffins here!)

    Bookmark   September 15, 2004 at 10:53PM
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angelcub(Sunset 3b)

Cannas, definitely, cannas! What does anyone see in them?

Jean, I agree. There needs to be a mix of shrubs and perennials. Adds interest all year long. I working on just that now in front of my porch.

Great thread!


    Bookmark   September 17, 2004 at 12:36PM
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joepyeweed(5b IL)

the turf grass lawn - why do people strive for the monocultural lifeless carpet... and then they work really hard and spend alot of money to make it artificially dark green and then spend more money to make it grow and then spend more money to cut it short .... its really quite bizarre - and they are hoping that other people have yard envy and take note of who has the greenest lushest lawn ..... yuckkkk....

    Bookmark   September 20, 2004 at 10:10PM
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jiggreen(zone 6b, carlisle PA)

oh i love this thread! i just spent the most pleasant 15 minutes reading through everyone's hates and nodding my head and yelling YESSSSSSSSS!!! lol!
now, my dislikes are: petunias (leggy, nasty sticky things..yuck!), marigolds, silver mound (when people let them keep growing and they get that big hole in the center, trim the damn things halfway through the growing season please !), marigolds , dusty miller (i hate that stupid yellow flower it gets), marigolds, all forms of juniper (no elaboration needed!), nandina, bamboo, pine trees (especially when they are half dead, please just pull the darn thing and put all of us out of our misery!), that creeping phlox that is so pretty in the spring when it's all that's blooming but sure looks ratty and gross the rest of the year, any tree or shrub that looks like it's swallowing up an itty bitty house, and ...COLORED MULCH (who the heck wants black or orange mulch????), oh i also hate those ugly white marble chips that people use as psuedo-mulch, especially when you can see the black landscape fabric under it! oh, and what about those ugly wooden wishing wells that every 2nd or 3rd house has plunked down in their front yard? oh wait, this was supposed to be about plants..whoops..lol. it sure felt good to rant though!

jeana (who hopes nobody reading this has a wishing well surrounded by white marble chips in their yard..lol)

    Bookmark   September 21, 2004 at 9:58PM
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SZDee(9b/10a FL)

Crotons, Philo. selloums, solitary Queen palms, bottlebrush trees. Well, pretty much anything developers put as "landscape" around the houses in a new development; the shape of those planting beds is ALWAYS the same. Suzanne

    Bookmark   September 22, 2004 at 8:26PM
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my, my, my, we get really worked up over plant design! i personally have never met an ugly flowr in my life, but i will say that there is one plant i don't particularly care for and is used all the time: hostas. No one else has said it, it's like the entire midwest and east coast is in love with them. but hostas look like Generic Plant to me, boring, plain leaves, and always ratty with earwig or slug damage. even when i went to the chicago botanic gardens, that place was full of beautiful plants, but still the hostas were full of holes from whatever pests they're magnets for. there must be other plants that will grow in the shade. why do 90% of homes i see insist on a ring of hostas around their tree?

    Bookmark   September 24, 2004 at 1:01AM
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Dieter2NC(z7b NC)

Chineese variegated privet, ligustrum, boxwoods, pampas grass, mondo grass, and people who let coleous go to flower.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2004 at 5:29PM
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Newbie, but couldn't resist adding mine. Totally agree about cannas...what do people see in them? Scraggly!
Banana trees also look scraggly. Ever get banana roots in your sewer line? Big trouble!
Red Tips, Passion Vine..is that flower *really* pretty?
Begonias, also scraggly and yukky.
Vinca, blah
But the one I really hate is Sunflowers. Big, gross hulking monsters, ugly blooms. Bird seed is fine, grow it as a crop or behind the shed. In a vase? Puuullleaase!

Thanks! I feel better!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2004 at 2:02AM
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Hey, dogpatch lady! Vinca may not add much, but it sure provides a shady cover for lilies. And my lilies are absolutely gorgeous with their feet in the shade of the variegated vince I planted around them!

    Bookmark   October 3, 2004 at 1:47PM
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Vinca- I don't hate it, it's just very common here for people who want *flowers* but are too lazy to water. I have some, hanging over the sidewalks. It's tough, I'll give it that.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2004 at 1:03AM
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flowersandthings(MidAtlantic 6/7)

Autumn joy sedum...... and astilbe.... !!!! they're so popular I just can't see it..... (I've tried growing them and just can't like them....) :)

    Bookmark   October 4, 2004 at 7:58PM
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Yellow Lantana. Great huge mounds of yellow lantana. EVERYWHERE!! And it looks so awful in the winter. Actually, not too fond of the other colors either, but the big piles of the yellow can be overpowering.

Redtip. That's a color red that goes with nothing except another redtip.

Ornamental grasses that look dead and dried up. If I want straw and hay, I'll just buy a bale of it.

Alternating purple and yellow pansies.

Not fond of junipers, but they do have spots where nothing else works as well.

Weeping anything except willows. They look deformed and unnatural....which they are.

I am beginning to hate hydrangeas. I have too many big ones and I need to do something with them. I hate to shovel prune anything, but that's the way I am headed. Space is limited.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2004 at 7:10AM
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There are many horticulture horrors out there, but some of my pet peeves are topped trees or hideously pruned big evergreens smack in front of a little house. My all time favorite of atrocities however is a douglas fir trimmed to look like a palm tree. I pass by this house frequently and it still continues to gag me. The homeowner has pretensions of grandeur judging by the rest of the (purported) landscaping. The lawn is impeccable, of course. There actually is a scraggly palm by the ertarz one. (This is located in the Seattle area). There is the obligatory Greek goddess fountain. 'Nuff said. One house down from them is what I secretly call the Pot Man house. This guy is nuts. He has thousands of potted plants put out every year. The whole front of his house and the front yard is covered with potted dahlias, roses, and begonias, of every color of the rainbow. It could be pretty, I guess, in a frantic way, but all the colors clash. And the pots hanging on his house are festooned with big red ribbons. I wonder what he does with all of them in the winter, because all of the plastic white pots are emptied in fall. Well, each to his own I guess.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2004 at 10:42AM
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Firt time to this forum.....

Dusty Miller
Golden euonymus(sp)
single rows of red salvias or ANY straight row of any annual/perrennial/bulb,actually
Yucca or cactus - anywhere
Anything orange
Rose beds in the front yard. They will seriously impact the resale value of your home.

Not a plant but "cutesy" stuff in the front yard, and white rocks used as mulch

I'm sure there's more, but that's all I can think of now!
Great thread!

    Bookmark   October 9, 2004 at 4:22PM
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Hey, dtkaty, how come you don't like my oxalis? Them's fightin' words! Wanna go back to TX Gardening and duke it out? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL..........

    Bookmark   October 9, 2004 at 5:16PM
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DogpatchLady -
I'll probably get duked by all the folks on the daylily & canna forums, too. Ok......I've got my helmet on now! 8:)

    Bookmark   October 9, 2004 at 9:54PM
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Hate perfectly trimmed anything

    Bookmark   October 11, 2004 at 3:49PM
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swgeekgirl(z7 GA)

I'm not too fond of pine trees here in Florida,especially in a non-wooded/mountainous like setting.Leeland Cypress!UGH this stuff is HIDEOUS!A 70s-ugly timewarp ;-)

Ornamantal grasses.Nothing but overgrown weeds and pests traps for snakes,mice,etc.

Palm trees.Not just ugly,they bring roaches and ants.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2004 at 8:26PM
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kab121170(z5 Indiana)

I loathe spirea and wax begonias (although I LOVE tuberous begonias). A little bit of mint is nice, but you can never have a little but of mint. I hate mint now because I just spent this fall cleaning out 4 flower beds that had been overrun by mint (bought a new house with long neglected gardens). I also hate rose of sharon because of the thousands of babies it produces every week. I think cleome is ugly and produces way too many seedlings.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2004 at 10:11AM
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LaurelLily(9a Houston, TX)

Ack, swgeekgirl, I nearly fell out of my chair when I read your post!

I was just reading this thread for fun--had NO intention of posting anything. I sat here thinking, heh heh, can't tell these people I hate palms and grasses, they probably all love them. My house came with five "pretty" ornamental grasses that I promptly pulled up. To me they just look unkept and bring pests. And you said it for me, way at the very bottom of the thread!

So, what the heck?

(deep breath) Hello, my name is LaurelLily, and I secretly hate palms and ornamental grasses.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2004 at 11:22PM
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jflo(CA z9)

I think i must be the only person on this planet who likes junipers - sure they're ugly, but i like the way the ones in the hills smell.
I hate the ivy they plant on the side of the freeways here in an effort to have instant green. I've seen many palm trees and others covered by this stuff - its weirdly predatory.
I also hate giant manicured lawns - seem to show some sort of superiority complex for no particular reason. Are these people really playing soccer in front of their homes? If they're so fancy, why not a garden?

    Bookmark   October 31, 2004 at 10:00PM
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luckynky(6 KY)

There was some kind of bush at my old house I think they called it rose of sharon. Every pod that fell of this bush grew another bush..etc etc. I ran over the little saplings with the mower....sprayed them, dug them up by the roots....they were growing everywhere , tangled in the fence...just a nuisance. So i cut down the "mother bush"...kept diggin the little ones up...finally got rid of them.

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rcnaylor(z7 Tex)

A word of defense of cannas... (ducking now :) ) my experience is that most of the ones that look bad are poorly kept. They are allowed to grow without ever being divided. They then get thin, ratty and flower much less. Ugly cannas have people to blame!

    Bookmark   January 26, 2005 at 11:30AM
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While part of me can't help but to laugh at some
of the things posted, we must keep in mind that not
everyone enjoys or critiques the garden as some of us do.

Some don't have time, some don't care and some have
enough money to hire landscapers, who often use Hosta
as a staple. You get the idea.

Much like hair. Some like it short, some must have
the absolute latest style and yet some could give
a rat's banana. Different strokes for different folks.

I moved to a barren lot of ten acres in 1996 and
could not afford to plant the 'proper' items on the
discerning gardener's lists. So, I traveled about the
property and dragged home anything I could dig up with
a shovel by myself. Junipers, yep, they became a Christmas
tree for my front yard. Trumpet vine grows here like
it's grass and yet I saw it in catalogs at expensive prices.
I dug and dragged for years.

It wasn't long before folks were stopping to
compliment the work we'd done (we?) in the garden,
and yet had not spent much money at all.
A few garden hoses and a shovel later, here we
are moving up in the world of
'curb appeal' now that we can afford plants from the

Ah, but not to completely rain on this parade, I'll
chime in with the big rock in the middle of the yard.
Where I live, I find that big rocks mean they don't
own a bulldozer and don't find it at the top of a
priority list to hire someone to cart off a rock that
isn't bothering THEM.

Another thought is the elderly woman in town.
Her garden would have this forum gasping,
yet she must be 90 years old and gets out there
mustering all the garden strength half of us
would long to have. She works hard, and though
it might not be up to certain expectations, it is hers
and she is proud. Who are we to judge?

There are also those who are carrying on traditions.
Perhaps that 'ugly' row of Cannas were grown from seed
a departed relative passed on. I know that in my garden
I grow Ribbon Grass. While some might toss it into the
compost pile, this patch of grass came from my
grandmother's garden in New York. Relatives dug it up
and it was hauled all the way down the map just for me,
and I love it. If my neighbors don't appreciate it, well,
perhaps we can talk about their ugly bus that is sitting
within view of my garden photos.


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lynne_melb(z9b Melb FL)

Hi, all of my personal dislikes have been mentioned already although I have to mention my 3 most disliked: juniper, poodle bushes and ligustrum. Of course as luck would have it, the house I just bought has 2 out of these 3. Glad someone mentioned the ligustrum - I haven't met anyone else who also detested it.

The one thing that I will probably get a lot of flak on ... with a few exceptions ... double or triple flowers of almost any flower that has double or triple flowers. I almost always like the single version better; the single form seems more elegant and graceful. I especially dislike double sunflower or coneflower. Anyone agree with me?

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gardenpaws_VA(z7 NoVA)

Lynne in Melbourne,
I agree with you about single flowers, mostly - double spireas are pretty nice, tho', and don't shed the way the singles do.

I like most anything that's well sited, not necessarily in the place I would put it but so it makes sense in context. My yard wouldn't please everyone, as I have my tomatoes and beans in full view in my side yards, and my fig and raspberries against the east/side wall of the house. BUT, that's where the sun is, so that's where the veggies live, and I shape the gardens around them.

Pet peeve isn't a plant - it's this awful dyed mulch that has shown up lately. It was bad enough when you could choose your (unnatural) color of rocks, but now they've gone and dyed plain old shredded or chipped mulch. Some people think it makes their yards look so much more finished!

I LIKE grasses, especially natives, expect to have critters in the yard, and dislike having more lawn than is necessary for kids to play on or to set off the rest of the landscape. Each to his/her own.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2005 at 11:24PM
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madspinner(z7 WA skagit)

I really dislike seas of redwood mulch with neat rows of far apart plants spaced totally unnaturally! Like alternating rows of single merigolds or red geraniums. I think it looks really unnatureal and horrible. Looks just as bad with big shrubs too.

I also really dislike the bright primroses for sale every spring. I honestly like some of the more subtle old fashioned primroses... so why does every store have to sell the same old red and yellow ones?

Butchered trees. It just kills me to see ornamental fruit trees (or any tree)that has been hacked back to the nubs and has scrawny little branches growing out straining to live...

Alternately, trees that have been trussed up and are being garotted by their tethers...

    Bookmark   February 27, 2005 at 4:43PM
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Can think of 3 off the top of my head, marigolds to me are just glorified dandelions. Ornamental kale and hens and chicks, just don't understand, they are ugly, ugly, ugly.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2005 at 9:02AM
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cherylnsw(NSW Aust)

Morning Glory - it really takes over especially here in australia. Today I was driving past a national park and along the roadside the morning glory was rampant, climbing up native trees. It's through my yard, cleared one area yesterday and still have the entire back fenceline to do, my neighbour won't pull it out.

Canna's are another, we had a patch that was virtually impossible to kill, 3 years later it still sprouts. This one grows to about 6 foot tall and has ugly orange flowers. I went Government house in Sydney (it's in the botanical gardens) and couldn't believe they were growing beds of the stuff. Ugly Ugly Ugly

Also Oleander, again it's not pretty and is poisonous to boot.

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TexasTina(Z8b San Antonio)

Bearded Irises. They look like genitals. Am I allowed to say that?

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qbirdy(z4/5 Central NY)

I have decided I really, passionately hate vinca and cannas. I also hate when people don't bother to clean up either and have a disgusting mess of it in the spring. Like gas stations. Why plant canna of all things and then let it die and turn to sludge in the gross out cement prisons they have in front of the pumps? ICK!
Drives me bananas!
Gran, I would love to have bananas growing free up here, lol!

    Bookmark   March 27, 2005 at 5:02PM
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ecfl66(Zone 9, Florida)

Wow Anthirum...did you ever expect this thread to last over a year? Have you spammed blocked all responses? I am relatively new to GW, but you fellow gardeners never fail to bring a chuckle to my day. I do believe it is a prerequisite to have soooome sense of humor when dealing with dirt, "fertilizer" and plants that didn't read their own instructions. I believe all my pet peeves have been listed, but........anyone (mostly new home builders) who plants anything with total disregard for the plants needs and growing habits. It seems like SUCH a waste of time, money and effort.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2005 at 2:45PM
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Kathy46(Z6 Pa)

Boxwood- smell like urine and attract flies ugh!

Barberry- OMgosh the thorns kill me !!!

Mulch is and should be BROWN !!!

Dusty Miller blah blah blah


    Bookmark   April 12, 2005 at 4:33PM
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I love informal gardens that are alive with bloom, design, care, and surprises. I hate following the masses. And that seems to be the culprit here, popular plants. They become popular because some magazine or designer says it's the plant of the season. Then every box store and nursery stocks up and it sells out in one weekend. Now that every yard has one, some other designer or magazine says it's passe and this is what you should plant. And so on and so on.....I agree, to each his own, but I use what I dislike in someone else's yard as a template of what not to do in mine. LOL

    Bookmark   April 13, 2005 at 12:34PM
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We lived in Nebraska for about 3 years. ALL the houses there must have been landscaped by the same company because they have some shrub - I can't think of the name now - a juniper, I think, that smells like cat's pee. ALL the houses have this crowded to the front of the house. It smells bad and it's scratchy. Why, oh why???

    Bookmark   April 13, 2005 at 4:29PM
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springa7(z5 MA)

I can't think of any garden plants that I really hate in and of themselves. There are some plants that I get sick of seeing because just about everybody in my area has them. One good example of this are the yew bushes that are in front of just about every single house in my town. In more recent years, arborvitae has become almost as popular. I actually like most maples, but sometimes I get a little sick of them because they are SO commonly planted around houses, especially Norway Maples. I also think that White Pines are nice, but they grow like weeds around here and there is at least 1 or 2 of them in just about everybody's yard, so it is nice to see other kinds of conifers.

The same thing applies to smaller plants - I have no problems with marigolds or tulips, but when they are planted in long rows in large patches to the exclusion of anything else, it seems kind of overdone and monotonous to me (unless there are lots of different colors).

I guess that I like variety in a garden. There can be a place for just about anything, except maybe poison ivy.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2005 at 9:49AM
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Hmmmm, even poison ivy has it's place in the great scheme of things. Did you know that it's the host plant for the Luna Moth? I adore luna moths so I'm happy to let a bit of PI grow and just stay away from the area.

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imagreenthumb(Z5 ONT)

white plastic hanging baskets

    Bookmark   April 18, 2005 at 8:59PM
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I used to say I hated petunias, since they are so common. But then I saw the "Wave" petunias, and I have changed my mind. There was a double purple that was even slightly fragrant. I should have taken cuttings to keep it alive over the winter! I have decided that petunias look OK when planted with compatible plants.

I guess what I really hate is a house devoid of color, or any sort of interesting plantings, except for one tiny patch of blazing color next to the lamp post or mail box. It just looks so out of place! These plants usually end up being neglected, and look so pitiful.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2005 at 4:21PM
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Brent_In_NoVA(z7/6 VA)

Interesting thread. Viburnums, Crepe Myrtles, Peonies, Hydrangeas, Daylilies?!? These would show up on my list of favorite plants. I guess I should have dropped by this forum a couple weeks ago before I planted a Bluepoint Juniper.

- Brent

    Bookmark   April 26, 2005 at 12:25PM
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GrowHappy(z7 MD)

I really dislike red and yellow tulips planted together. It looks so "golden arches". LOL It just looks ugly together. Frankly, I don't like yellow tulips at all.

I hate to see someone put a whiskey barrel(or any other type of pot) out in front of their (row)home and plant it with fake flowers(plastic, silk). It's such a disgrace to everything I hold sacred about gardening!!!!!

White azalea blooms which have turned brown. Ick!!!!! I'm not sure what causes this, but surely you can remove them once they look like this?

Hostas planted in full sun. It breaks my heart. These folks wonder why they turn brown and die?

Wax Begonias. The leaves and flowers always look so nasty.

Ahhhh, but I love blue hydrangeas! I grew up watching this beautiful blue hydrangea flower at the edge of our front porch every year. The pink ones are ever so pretty, too.

This is a fun forum. I'm glad I found it.


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Poodle hedges, grass, bush w/thorns (don't know its name, but it's ugly as sin) Poodle hedges are everywhere in our neighborhood..I can't see why ppl bother..there were 2 in front when we bought the house and it took work, but I dug them out..including Mr.Thorn which had orange roots that stunks.
Though I love the scent of mint, I hate it..it takes over, and everywhere. Toni

    Bookmark   May 19, 2005 at 11:14PM
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yusuf06(z7 GA)

Ligustrum. A boring shrub that's almost impossible to keep at a decent size.

Euonymus...See description of Ligustrum above.

White landscaping stone GACK!!

And, my personal favorite is the plastic flowers in the yard. I have a 96 year old Aunt that does this and I thought she was the only one to do it. Sad to hear it's been duplicated elsewhere. Given her age I cut her some slack but it still grates on my nerves every time I visit her.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2005 at 3:23PM
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Yarrow. The dirty brown color ones. Roses that are not cared for. Those low junipers that are all over the sides of freeways and are always full of cobwebs and dust. Ice plant. Certain colors together I dislike. Pink and yellow for example don't do it for me.

To whomever was asking about killing yucca, I made the mistake of killing one once in my younger dumb days. We were having a party on the front lawn and I didn't want anyone drunk backing in to it and hurting themselves. I spent hours the day before with my nail clipper clipping each and every sharp point off, thinking it would grow back. Duh. It died months later. I guess I killed it's defense mechanism. I cried at what I did.

I think yucca's are beautiful and the fruit is sweet and delicious. I think you have to have landscaping that goes with it though. For instance an adobe house with xeriscape plants.

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weazle4(7a Alabama)

Not trying to be a butt, if you don't like what they plant, dont look. Others may think your garden/yard looks ugly.

Just my opinion

    Bookmark   June 8, 2005 at 8:33PM
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pam_whitbyon(6 Niagara)

No, I find these types of threads to be light-hearted, honest, humorous and a way for us to sometimes vent, or say what's on our mind. They also show us how different we all are within one common interest, and how subjective things are, colors, smells, shapes...

Forums everywhere have these subjects, What's your favourite this, what's your least favourite that... whether music, art or chocolates - I find them all incredibly fascinating and insightful - WAY better than your typical reality TV show ;)

Just my opinion too :)

    Bookmark   June 8, 2005 at 9:43PM
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gotta agree on the junipers, and will raise you a Yew- I inherited a 40 year old hedge (filled a 6x10 plot that passes for a front yard)

let it go for the first year- then tried pulling it out by the roots with DH's RAV4...nearly pulled the wall down. took a sawzall to them instead, and raise dthe bed a foot. found an old pink rose, a white peony, and a stand of irises living 'in there'

monoculture anythings- lawns, plantings, containers...when the neighborhood got over the blue haired hippy and her long-haired artist husband moving in... they had time to be appalled as I seeded the back yard with aguja, mints, thymes, and violets. my lawn looks like a Monet painting in the spring, and there's not a chemical needed ;)

bittersweet. damned thing's coming up everywhere in my yard!

sweet gum trees- really cool looking- in the yard of someone who wears boots all year long ;)

yard art.... a bird bath, sure. an ornamental trellis, fine- even a whirlygig or three... but my neighbors spend a fortune competing to see who can jam the most stuff into THEIR 6x10 front yard- and since when are wishing wells made of wood, anyway?

    Bookmark   June 10, 2005 at 10:55AM
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You know, I understand why everyone hates junipers, but I think it's because they are misused, not because they are intrinsically ugly.
When we go canoeing and drive through central to northern Ontario, we see them growing on the rock heaps and steep banks beside the highways, which are inhospitable to most other plants. It's amazing how their roots can find a purchase in almost any rock crevice, and the way they can blanket huge areas with their blue-green-silvery foliage.
They are like many plants we learn to hate - so easy to grow, they're used in almost every landscaping situation and to cover almost every problem. And they don't look very good in most of the situations for which they are used. They grow, but not well.
I wonder how many of our least favourite plants are just plants out of place?

    Bookmark   June 13, 2005 at 9:41AM
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Every second yard around here has a scraggly forsythia. I think they are all the same plant: forsythia suckers pop up everywhere!

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carealot(z5 Ohio)

I'll put my 2 cent worth in here...lol why the heck do people have those ugly small ornimental grasses in there yard? to me they look like dead tall weeds. And that's what I call them. The folk accross the street from me have ton's of them growing in front of there porch to hide the brick, I would much rather look at the brick than dead grass. They insist on not trimming out the dead from it either. It looks horible. thanks for listening.
p.s. word of advice for all. they attract bugs!!!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2005 at 6:31PM
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White maples. Why anyone would plant one of those huge monsters that cover one and encroach on both neighbors lots is beyond me. I am sick to death of dealing with all the neighbors shade and having to hire someone to prune their tree back to the lot line to keep it out of mine. Something wrong with the laws if you ask me.

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loomis(Z6a Western MA)

Hostas! EVERYONE with a little shade grows these things. There are so many other more beautiful plants for shade.

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ljrmiller(z7 NV)

Granted, I LOVE the flowers and colors of Hybrid Tea roses, but they have such ungainly lower branches, and when not in bloom they just don't contribute much to the garden in the capacity of shrubs. I also LOVE the fragrances many HT's give off. But I still don't quite get it, when there are so many more attractive roses out there--shrub roses, old garden roses, English roses, species roses.

Loomis--I like Hostas, when used in combination with lots of other plants, or where nothing else will grow. I have an ENORMOUS 'Sum and Substance' which is thriving where NOTHING else would. The litter of forgotten plant tags near the plant is silent testament to all the failures that went before it.

I don't like misused Junipers (usually Pfitzer Junipers), but I know why they feature so prominently in yards in my area--the neighborhood is about 40 years old now, and that's what everyone planted as foundation shrubs at the time. That, and they DO survive our dry climate with no care at all. They are also GREAT planted right under ground-level windows because they are full of black widows and other spiders, and prickly as all getout. They are excellent for keeping intruders at bay.

The red-leaved Berberis thunbergii is another overused landscape plant in our area. That's my only complaint--it's overused.

Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar is well on its way to becoming the new Juniper in this area. I liked the tree at first, but there's such a thing as "too much of a good thing". It's overdone already.

I can WISH that other people put the effort into planting more interesting plants, but not everyone is a raving plantoholic like me. My only solution has been to cheerfully hand out divisions of things from my own garden to interested passers-by. That way it's all good will :-)

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It would be fun to evaluate this thread and do a top-ten poll of the most hated plants. Anybody have the energy, patience or the technology to take it on?

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tobalina(6b RI)

I just joined...my first post! Norway Maples!!!!!! WHAT A MESS!! And the dry shade...and those awful roots that come up everywhere. And the seedlings.....Thanks for letting me vent.

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marcia_m(5 and 9)

I didn't realize this Favorites forum existed :-)

I don't hate too many plants. I do hate seeing trees that have their limbs topped--they remind me of amputations and I feel really bad for them. Anything that tries to take over in my garden gets moved to another, wilder spot. I guess I do hate one thing for encroaching everywhere--sedum acre. One little leaf makes a new plant.

I love a lot of the plants that were listed as hated--different strokes for different folks! And I like seeing bugs in my garden!

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I didn't intend to post, but I got such a kick out of reading this. I was surprised by how many people hate ornamental grasses and junipers, both of which I enjoy in the right situation.

I was suprised that nobody mentioned hating black-eyed susans! Maybe it's because I was born in the mid-70s and so was way overexposed to ugly yellow-and-brown color schemes in my youth, but I really find them completely unappealing.

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phytomaniac(z7 NC)

I deplore all variegated leaved plants. Hybridizers take note-why do you insist on breeding plants that look sick. You kind of expect it on hostas, which I like, but not on an entire shrub. I dislike those hideous yellow evergreens(everyellows?) and most contorted forms, but I'm getting the urge to plant some Hollywood junipers. They remind me of San Francisco or Tuscany.

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flash14756(z6 Boise, Idaho USA)

I didn't have time to read all of the posts on this thread.I hate topped trees wit a vengence. Why people do it I'll never know, are people really that stupid?

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Palm trees in northern climates. Some people must just be realizing these are hardy here and are going nuts with them.Anyone ever hear of regionally appropriate planting?

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flash14756(z6 Boise, Idaho USA)

I told you I didn't read all of this thread. Marcia, I just now saw your post, sorry.

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For some of us, the only reason we plant a lot of things on your list like junipers is because they are the only living things the darn deer won't eat. So enjoy your roses, etc.; we can't grow them because the deer love them!

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I really can't stand Rose of Sharon's, too old fashioned. Maybe they were nice once upon a time, but bleh, not anymore. Also Arborvitae's, too many of them, and every time we get a heavy snow, you see them split down the middle all around the neighborhood. Same for Pine Trees, love them, but they have a weak root system, and every time a thunderstorm comes through you see them toppled over all around the neighborhood.

Oh, and sorry, but I gotta say I like the Junipers, low maintenance and drought tolerant.

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This is exactly why they grow it

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This thread has been very helpful!! Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but some of your "rants" have included some facts that I don't think I would have learned at my local nursery. I'm new to gardening and am overwhelmed with choices and hearing the cold hard truth about the condition of certain plants year round is very helpful!!

What got me started in gardening was my dislike of a peony bush in the flowerbed infront of my front door (front porch stairs are to the side). I've always wondered why people would plant them right next to the house when it's well known that ants love them. And they are so messy after they bloom. I like them out back in yards, just not right up on a house. After I yanked out mine, I realized I'd have to put something else in...somehow that led to buying the materials for a raised veggie garden and a whole lot of seed packets and compost. I'm being sucked in...

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This post is perpetual; cool. Uh, I have to say that BRADFORD PEAR trees are the worst. They have the lollipop form (great for architectual drawings in the 60's), Weak branch structure and the flowers stink to high heaven. They are way overused. I believe a bare lawn would be better; maybe the new homeowner would plant something else.

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OK, I don't know why, but I've always hated azaleas. They come in lovely colors, seem to be pretty easy to care for and people grow them all over...yet I find them irritating, lol!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2006 at 11:39PM
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I inherited a lot of ugly bushes when I moved into an older house last year.

The huge and really unattractive shrubs by my doorstep turned out to be azaleas. Beautiful for exactly one week.

The 10 foot tall monster weed in my backyard is Mahonia apparently. People buy this. Little seedling are popping up all over my yard and they're very difficult to get rid of.

Normally, Nandina would have been on my list of dislikes, but it's one of the most attractive bushes in my yard.

It's all okay, though. Just gives me more time in the garden.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2006 at 5:02PM
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Here in Tampa what I really really hate are the scraggily famined looking hibiscus that have dropped all of their leaves. ("not a good thing.") I take that back, there maybe one or two leaves that are a hanging on at 5 foot shrub looking skeleton of a bush. Some of the hibiscus here are terrible leggy tropical skeletons. I propose a campaign to SAVE THE HIBISCUS! People need to cut them back, (try to minimize the eye sore.) They'll be rewarded with a lush flowering bush.
I have to face them every time I go to my local grocery store. EWWW!!!

    Bookmark   April 28, 2006 at 8:06AM
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gardenjen_ca(CA Zone 9)

What I really, really dislike are "low maintenance" yards that consist of only red lava rocks and/or multiple cacti..eeeew.

I also hate junipers. At my old house we had them all around the border of our lawn, so we promptly yanked them out - what a project!

I don't care for ornamental grasses either - they look like tall weeds to me. Jade plants are boring in my opinion!

Great thread!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2006 at 11:02AM
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We have a yucca at our cottage that I loathe. It was moderately nice this year in bloom but doesn't go well with the house. I hate ornamental grasses, they look like weeds to me. I hate red flowers and orange flowers. They look garish to me. I always have one red rose bush wherever I live in memory of my mom who adored them though. I hate those stupid lillies that whoever had this house before us planted. They're strange and gangly (and orange)I've been pulling and pulling and pulling and I *think* they're almost gone! Now though, since our entire yard has been plowed up and under to make way for our new basement, they'll probably poke their ugly heads out from all corners of the yard. Perhaps they're in the 10 loads of dirt that got hauled away. I couldn't be that lucky though. I also hate yews. I can't trim them as I'm allergic.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2006 at 9:42AM
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I have had the best time reading this thread and have to add a few comments if I may..

1. Dare I say it crepe myrtle trees,one or the other over pruned or underprunned, the blooms drive me mad and I cant breath but they are everywhere here in north florida

2. Wandering jew you defintely need a large space and it doesnt have a strinking flower to make it better

3. Century plant or thing of pain why or why grow something that gets so big, plain and then only dies after blooming sending off hunreds of babies Ever try to move one and been bitten?? OUCH

4. Pampass GrassOk Please someone explain ths stff to me I ave to know.. It cuts you when you touch it, turns to straw but stays in ahuge clump just for spiders, ants, snakes and ect to live in.. Am I missing something

5. Pristine yards,, Rocks for mulch, colored plastic mulch(red, purple, black )

6. People with beautiful plants that are so unkept they look like weeds.. I know its alot of work but the payoff is so worth it..

Whew sorry but had to join in.. I think every neighborhood should have a gardening commitee along with the civic association..LOL

    Bookmark   August 6, 2006 at 5:37PM
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    Bookmark   August 9, 2006 at 8:44PM
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Bamboo, without a barrier

    Bookmark   August 14, 2006 at 4:05PM
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Stella D'Oro daylilies. Ugly color that doesn't go with anything; ugly, stunted form; the darn things never stop blooming and that's supposed to be a plus?!?!?

    Bookmark   August 17, 2006 at 9:03PM
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1. Crepe Myrtle, especially near walkways or doors... or in the case of the former owners of my house...pools!!

2. Yuccas or other plants that look like they belong in the desert.

3. The 1 sad and lonely looking specimen tree or plant.

I know there are others, but those are the main ones that come to mind at the moment.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2006 at 8:28PM
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annabeth(Zone 8 No Cal inland)

Here's my top ten in order of most annoying to least:

1)People who cut down perfectly good trees because they don't like to rake leaves.
2)Topped trees!
3) Fruitless Mulberry trees: everyone just cuts them to the nubs in winter around here and all you see are these brown trunks with balls of cuts where limbs use to be. Then they grow back so well in summer that people's yards have so much shade that it is usually just bare dirt underneath.
4)Anything that doesn't have green (or greenish) leaves: Ornamental Plums, Dusty Miller and the like.
5)Ornamental grasses. I've seen them escaped into the local National Forest and are taking over an area. So sad...and so flammable.
6)Oleander-poisonous monsters that line all the freeways and take over back yards.
7)Ice plant
8)Overdone or too many pieces of yard art.
10)Cannas when they are not taken care of. When well-cared for they are OK.
Ok here's an Eleventh: 11)Impatiens, waxy begonias, Petunias and too many pansies in too many colors.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2006 at 3:37PM
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Ok, I just joined this site and it's my very first post here so I hope I don't come off as a complainer but here goes - not a plant , but why here in the midwest area do people put those standing stone deer in their front yards? even in the heart of the city for crying out loud! I think they've died down a bit over the last 10 years but really......It seems like they are always stuck in a circle dead in the middle of a lawn surrounded by a perfect round army of single file soldier flowers and then the whole yard is enclosed with ugly chainlink fence. I always see them and think the owners are holding them for ransom.( don't they know deer can jump?If anyone knows of that secret society that kidnaps people's scary little gnomes ask them to incorporate the whole stone deer movement.( my friend's gnome was taken
and it upset her terribly while everyone else actually breathed a sigh of relief not having to pass this scary little evil thing making their way to the door. I felt so bad I almost replaced the horrid little thing for her - and NO, Ellen, it WAS NOT ME - THOUGHT ABOUT IT A FEW TIMES BUT I AM TRULY INNOCENT!)I was guilty once of hiding my mother in law's small version of a resin doe and her cuddling baby fawn - I put them inside of her wooden wishing well- that was flanked on either side with a couple of stone geese in clothes! ( she has an entire wardrobe for them). Even the squirrels detest these creatures because they always chew the clothes off and drag them away!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2006 at 6:11AM
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runswithscissors(MT 4/5)

Thought I would revive an old thread. I just have to share my all time un-favorite thing in a yard is:

(drum roll, please)

those stupid plastic pink flamigos. Do people ever actually drive by and exclaim..."Oh My Word, George! Did you see those big pink birds?! Turn around, quick, and get the camera before they fly away!"

    Bookmark   May 24, 2007 at 6:11PM
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Hmm...Well maybe Im just still too new at the garden thing but I really like some of the stuff a lot of you seem to hate. Perhaps after a few more years when Im a litle more (experienced)I will hate these things too. But for now I will say live and let live, but I had better not see any of you in my garden hating my flowers! LOL But back to the issue at hand, even as a novice gardener I dislike ok hate trees planted right next to buildings, trees that are topped and or chopped, unkept ceadar bushes, ok any unkept bush. People who let their perenial bed fill in with weed so you can't tell what is weed and what isin't. Basicly unkept yards. Oh yeah plastic/silk fake flowers. Periwinkle, oh yeah and front and back yards in town that have been naturalized- wild flower gardens. Just looks like an unkept weed fest a lot of times. Looks much better in the country meadow, or near a bush lot but not in a subdivision! Wow the more I think about it I guess there's a lot of things that bug me too! Happy gardening all!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2007 at 9:42AM
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Tropical plants in Chicagoland. I'm sorry, but a banana or a palm tree just does not look right around here. I know it's all the rage (even my mom wants a banana tree), but come on, consider the genius loci!!

    Bookmark   May 30, 2007 at 2:46PM
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This is a list of the plants I dis-like:

- Juniper

- Aspen Tree

- Milkweed

- Buffalo Grass

- Ivy

- Linden trees

- Cottonwood (because of allergies)

- Ponderosa Pine (I hate how they release the yellow pollen, but I like the appearance of the plant)

- All the annuals hardware stores sell

- Sumac

- Elm Trees

- etc...

    Bookmark   June 22, 2007 at 2:32AM
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pookiejean(z9 TX)

Arizona Ash tree. Only lives about 25 years and is very susceptible to disease. It is planted by homebuilders because it is a fast grower--but that is the only good thing about it. Why plant a tree that will only live a very short life?

Chinese Tallow tree. It is considered an invasive tree here in south Texas. It produces lots of trash--berries, seeds, pollen. And seedlings pop up everywhere--it is a continual task to pull them out of flowerbeds. There is always something falling off of it. Unfortunately I became acquainted with these trees in my first house--there were three encircling our swimming pool. Just awful.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2007 at 8:46PM
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What a neat thread!!! I guess that's why there are so many different forums - what you hate, I love...and what I love might depend upon the day! On the 1st of May, for instance, I love the little mayflowers and violets found in the northern woods just as the snow melts...never to be found here in the southlands of Florida, but they remind me of my grandmother and how we'd ALWAYS bring her a fistful of 'woods' flowers on May Day! or maybe canna, because when I could grow nothing at all....(this is the girl who very carefully separated and sprigged sandspurs in Florida all across the back yard because it looked just like grass!!!)..but canna will grow for the black thumb like I was. (am?) But..this is a 'hate' thread! ...only thing I really REALLY hate is when someone makes a plant into a box ...ie: perfectly chopped HEDGES. arrrrggghhhhhh. ...just let things...GROW ! Ain't it great?? We ALL love/hate different things!!! While I appreciate a wonderfully manicured 'formal' garden, I still love the wild and flamboyant cottage garden, too! What a spicey life!!!!! :)

    Bookmark   July 14, 2007 at 6:56PM
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I hate to see people planting all greenery aound their pretty homes,nothing for color but the main insults are trees right next to the house,don't they know in time the roots will destroy the foundation.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2007 at 2:06PM
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QUOTE: Thought I would revive an old thread. I just have to share my all time un-favorite thing in a yard is:
(drum roll, please)

those stupid plastic pink flamigos. Do people ever actually drive by and exclaim..."Oh My Word, George! Did you see those big pink birds?! Turn around, quick, and get the camera before they fly away!"


Other than that I love to see all kinds of flowers and can't say I HATE anything. But I do have a pet peeve...being in Louisiana...well...Azeleas in Louisiana are like bread and butter, they just belong together...but what gets me is people who shear them to these tiny dwarf boxes and line them all along the front and sidewalks of their house and if that isn't bad enough...it's the only thing in the yard! Oh my gosh what are they thinking??

I also agree with the point that most plants that look bad are probably the victims of their owners.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2007 at 1:22AM
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terrene(5b MA)

What is up with that ugly orange mulch? Whoever thought that pallets chipped up and dyed a bizarre orange color would look good?

And I agree about Privet, Burning bush, Hostas, Barberry, forsythia - these are way overplanted (not to mention some are invasive).

This is probably heresy, but I don't get the love affair with Heucheras. I have a couple of the old fashioned ones a neighbor gave me, and they're okay - but apparently people collect lots of cultivars because they want different foliage colors? To me they look like little clumps of leaf lettuce and the flowers don't exactly make a statement.

Green meatball shrubs - doesn't matter what kind of plant it is - yews, arborvitae, hydrangea - people shear them into a box or circle or gumball and they start to look indistintguishable. Every year they're out there with the electric hedgeclippers or maybe even the chainsaw trying to keep a plant the same size when all it wants to do is grow larger. The property owner vs. the shrubbery.

On the upside - I've seen hummers at Heucheras and Hostas, and meatball shrubs eventually get so dense from all that shearing that the birds take advantage of the cover and nest in them. I am a wildlife gardener, so I like messy wild areas, and bugs, and Junipers - which are excellent cover for wildlife. :)

    Bookmark   August 8, 2007 at 10:45PM
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I have at least one of every despised plant on this list except juniper. I don't hate any one species of plant but I do have some love/hate relationships going on with some. Some only have to do with location. More specifically, where they are located in my yard.

Petunia - In small doses where they do not receive overhead moisture they require very little maintenance. I have million bells in my window boxes and a few hanging baskets with some white and hybrid purple petunia. I browse by them every day, as a matter of habit, and pick off a few faded flowers and water them regularly. It literally only takes about ten minutes a week to care for them and keep them looking nice. It only took once in a flower bed to realize that was a bad idea. I was even ignorant enough to put them along a walkway that first year, too close together at that. So, we ended up walking on them for the first part of the summer and despite literally hours of maintenance, every morning brought slimy flowers littering the walkway eventually turning the walkway green.

Hosta - Some varieties are a little more sun tolerant than others. I have found it is the varieties that have to have absolute shade that generally look like flop all season. I have one that absolutely melts in the sun and will only live in the dark moist places that slugs like to hang out. The other varieties I have that can take quite a bit of sun (and have a space large enough to grow without touching other plants) generally look healthy until the first frost. If they come up before the last frost, however, and are not covered they don't do so well that year.

Variegated Plants - I like the extra depth they provide when planted among other plants that they contrast with. In my herb garden I have a few different varieties of variegated thyme against chunks of oregano, basil, and other mainly green foliage plants which otherwise provide no real interest outside of smell and leaf texture when they are not in bloom. I don't care for overly used variegated plants though like in borders or in huge clumps with different variegated species inhabiting one spot. I have a few purple basil, some bright green stone-crop, and a few different silvery plants like sage and curry to break it up a little.

Dusty Miller - I had one when I moved here and I really liked it so I went out and bought a few more. I have a few in the herb garden to balance out some of the other silvery foliaged plants but have found that outside of that one plant that I don't enjoy it nearly as much as I thought I would. I think the plant is pretty but it gets dirty way too easy and if you have it anywhere near red clay it will get stained. They seem to be quite brittle as well. I bump up against one and parts of them break off.

Wandering Jew - Love it as a house/container plant. Do not care for it in the yard at all.

Privet - I have a variegated privet that I purchased and a bunch of common privet along the back of my yard. The one I purchased was an impulse buy from maybe four years ago based on smell alone. The wild ones, although not entirely unpleasantly smelling, I would have to compare to that one woman or man at the movie theater who has bathed in perfume. When you get the first slight whiff, it is mildly pleasant. Once the smell has infiltrated every fiber in the room however it stimulates your gag reflex. The one I purchased has a milder, sweeter scent that is a little less obnoxious. It doesn't grow quite as fast either. I cut yards off limbs off the privets along the back every spring and fall. I think it is pretty and it can be trained to behave but it is a lot of work.

Morning Glory - (or any other vining annual for all that matters) - Morning glory is a dream to grow. The germination rate is wonderful, they quickly vine on anything you put them near and they require so little. What I do NOT like is the clean-up, especially from the plants that come from fallen seed the previous year because they tend to be thicker and stronger. I have an arbor and a chain link fence I plant climbing plants on each year and it takes hours to clean up once they die back, even longer if you remove them before they go to seed. Every fall I say I am not going to plant them again but every spring I do.

Heucheras- I just bought some for the first time this season with very dark, purplish leaves. So far it is growing fantastically with little to no interference from me. Right now I love it. There is no telling how I will feel about it over the next few seasons.

The only thing I can think of off the top of my head that I do not like is what I think is called a Jersey or Scrub Pine. They look like extra large bonsais on extra long trunks and barely look contextual in groups of many of the same. They are the first thing that a storm is ready to take half of if they don't come completely out of the ground. I have no idea why anyone would intentionally plant one of these in a landscape situation.

As far as design elements such as pink flamingos, plastic deer, muffin shrubbery (sounds like a euphemism for BS), and elements otherwise used obnoxiously out of context.. I have to agree. I don't care for them.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2008 at 7:20PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

What a wonderful thread!
This is my first visit to Favorites, and I struck gold. I grow almost everything mentioned, and have even inadvertently planted the McDonald's color scheme.

My least favorite flower? Gazania. Parking-lot flowers that never fill in properly. The foliage looks crunchy. Runner-up is Marigold: those little gold balls look fake.

Tree? Rows of Italian cypress, especially in suburban tract-home side yards. One always dies, making the skyline look as though it is missing a tooth. Second, fast-growing pines that look like pipe-cleaners with arms until they die after ten to fifteen years.

Shrubs: Until recently, I thought I hated roses, junipers and geraniums. As it turns out, it is only when they are used as a trellis for bermuda grass that I find them truly ugly.
Thanks for the entertainment!

    Bookmark   July 13, 2008 at 8:28PM
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It is hard for me to believe that folks would actually spend money on a plant thay I have tried to eliminate for two decades: SPIDERWORT!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2008 at 8:33PM
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I love this thread!! I have only been a member of this site for a few days, and have many of the same pet peeves as others have listed, especially topped off trees like Italian Cypress, boxy hedges, rows of ANYTHING, and- LOL- I died laughing about the pink flamingos. Yeah, those and the deer are awful and need to be outlawed. One of my all time dreaded combos is barrels filled with geraniums. Ew.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2008 at 7:24PM
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greenjulia(zone 7b bham al)

I absolutely HATE ferns. Especially Boston ferns. The staghorn ferns really irk me, too.

Junipers. They smell like cat pee and the ones around here always look scrawny and half-dead.

I also hate ugly planters, like when people have plastic pots and planters (or stacks of tires!!) in their front yards!

    Bookmark   November 15, 2008 at 11:14PM
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chickenmom(7b/8a, DFW, TX)

Oh no! I just planted an Althea this afternoon!! Now I'm worried there will be little ones everywhere we'll have to pull. Should I go dig it up?

My absolutely most hated plant in the universe is Bermuda grass. It has roots that go to China. You absolutely cannot put in any kind of flowerbed edging that is deep enough to keep it out. It is immune to all herbicides. When you pull it up, it breaks into 4,972 pieces and each one roots. If you use the trimmer on it, you can shoot new plants through all the flower beds. It makes a great home for chiggers. (If you don't know what those are, consider yourself lucky.) It grows everywhere you don't want it to--always has its roots entwined with some plant I'm trying to baby along and if I pull the Bermuda I will kill the plant I'm trying to grow.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2008 at 12:15AM
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Big green no weed yards = chemicals in our drinking water.
Non-native plants = more chemicals.
I dislike man-made non-natural chemicals, invasive and most non-native species and improper use of native species.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2008 at 12:46PM
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Wow what a great read this thread makes!
I dislike hacked up trees ("topped"), and plastic ornaments, if you can call them that ;p Fake hoohaw in the yard.
Dislike pampas grass -ouch!
I was thinking of planting Yucca though, are they really so bad? Are they maybe less invasive in some areas than others?
I agree with the above post about the chemicals, seriously bad Juju there!
What I don't get is why so much focus on purely ornamental (especially when it is NOT attractive) when there are so many useful, edible, AND ornamental plants to be had?
Yes I am from the edible landscaping forum ;p
I like wild looking yards if they are pretty (lots of color and signs of maintenance), cottage, and formal gardening styles, so I guess it is a matter of how the plants are used that matters more than the individual plants for me :)

    Bookmark   April 24, 2009 at 12:18AM
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Succulents. They freak me out. I want to squish them because they seem so squeezable. Although I have to say I do have a little respect for Aloe Vera. I know a lot of people like them-but I personally don't care for them.

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domehome(9 CA)

I love succulents . . . in fact I like that they freak you out. I got a laugh out of that. After reading most of this thread I realize how tolerant I am. Just about the only thing mentioned I agree with is white plastic pots. On the whole, I find plastic in the garden tacky. I have all the plants mentioned in this thread, I love them all. It's all in how a plant is used, cannas can be ugly if unkept, I plant lobelias under mine and they always look good, even after I cut them back. I hope nobody hates lobelia, it's one of my favorites.

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juliaw(7b/Sunset 5 -- PNW)

Ugh! Lobelia! (Kidding!) ;-)

I share the apparently common dislike of juniper, but I think (as has already been stated) that inappropriateness lies at the base of my deep-seated dislike. Where I live the junipers were used in the late 70's to line the front of every house at the curb, and now the sidewalks are hovered-over by monstrosities that've been hacked back to the center to clear the sidewalks, so that everything on the curb side is an ugly open nest of brown branches that were never meant to be exposed to the light of day. I'd probably like junipers just fine if I had ever, in my entire life, seen one used in a way that actually enhances its surroundings.

I also dislike rows, lines, boxes, or any unnaturally perfect geometric form. It's a landscape. Seriously. The days of castle lawns with formal gardens are gone. I'm not saying that someone couldn't come up with a strongly-designed landscape with geometric forms that I wouldn't like, but it would need to be an obvious, very deliberate theme, well carried out. What I see day-to-day are circles, squares, and lines because the owner couldn't be bothered to think outside (drumroll, please) the box.

Last one: anything pruned in a way that completely alters or disguises its natural form. If its form didn't appeal to the owner, why did they buy it? Someone purchases a plant only to hack it into a shape never found in nature? That always struck me as the sign of someone who subconsciously dislikes or fears nature and who needs to be rigidly in control of their environment. Of course, I'm not a board-certified psychoanalyst, so take what I say with a grain of salt. ;-)

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 4:44PM
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Hoping to keep this thread alive :) We are surrounded by Cottonwood trees. What a mess they create each year. Once they are done setting out the cotton, they shed dead leaves which are blown all over the lawn and into garden beds. I spend at least an hour each weekend all summer long trying to keep beds clean so that plants can get water.

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woodside(6 IN)

Coleus flowers. Ewww... it freaks me out to pinch them back. And they look so obscene if left to fully develop. A few homes in our neighborhood do this every year.

Boring daisy like flowers- echinacea, black eyed susans, sunflowers, ice plant- unimaginative.

Wax begonias and marigolds. I don't get it.

Boring rows of evergreen trees.

Any yard that looks like it was planted after a Home Depot special. Same stuff...

Garden/lawn/yard art- if you can even call it that. Gazing balls, fake people, frogs, birds- ugh!!!

White plastic hanging baskets- although I have some up right now!

Red and yellow color schemes- although I just did that too!
(cardinal lobelia and ligularia- but it looks great!)

Ah the irony...

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thatannagirl(8 (houston))

I know this is an old thread, but I really must scream about how much I HATE sweetgum trees. I know that they are like a host plant for some moth or butterfly or something, but even from my neighbor's yard those awful spikey balls cover my yard and dig into the grass (or dirt, or, well just everywhere) and hide, waiting for you (me) to walk outside barefoot.
Also, Elm trees, I think that's what they are, with their millions and millions of little seeds that coat my yard, and garden, and pots, and sprout for months, especially when I'm still trying to decide which seedlings are intentional and which are weedlings. (My sometimes frustrating MIL was thrilled by all the little seedlings and actually potted them by the hundreds, and has spent so much time bragging to me about her little scraggly treelings,.. after I initiated a conversation about how frustrating I thought they were.)

finally, CHERRY LAURELS! Blasted, poisonous, sprouting everywhere, refusing to die, growing through the middle of every bush and tree and bed of anything, flowering like mad in the early spring to produce gallons of pollen, when the flowers don't even look like much. Their red/orange isn't as pronounced as Red Tip, they spread through root systems and seeds and by magic. They're chock full of cyanide. Really, just plant Bay Laurel.

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pinksand(7a MD)

Yay, I am so thrilled to hear that I'm not the only one who hates the McDonald's color scheme!!! I just HATE IT! We have red and yellow tulips in front of our office every spring that my coworkers all admire as I want to hurl. Poor tulips, it isn't their fault they were planted together :(

Unfortunately I feel like I am surrounded by my pet peeves. Across the street they had a mass of overgrown junipers and lawn. When they told me they were removing the bushes I was thrilled and offered to help with plant suggestions. One day I looked across the street to see 4 uniform green blobs lining their foundation and red and yellow annuals in a row :( Why bother removing the old hedge to repeat the same look?

On either side of me I have neglected yards. One has a stagnant pond with crumbling walls... they also have a mattress resting against the house. I desperately need to plant something large and evergreen to block that view! The neighbors on the other side just don't have the time or interest in gardening so they've planted vinca, oriental bittersweet, and both english and algerian ivy. Unfortunately our gardens are not divided in anyway so I am constantly battling these quick growing vines. The ivy is literally taking down their trees :( I hack it back where it's still manageable to help them out but now there's poison ivy in there too that's keeping me out.

I'm really not a holly fan either, ouch!

    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 11:52AM
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mirendajean(Donegal, Ireland)

Ohhhhh, such a great thread. I can't wait to pile on! I'm American, born in IL and grew up in VA. I have complaints about both countries.

1. Growing up I hated Azelias and Rhododendrons. Even as a child I though they were daft. Every house had them. There was a garden centre specializing in them. One year I planted a row of corn behind my parents Azelias (popcorn mind you) just to break up the look.

2 Monkey Puzzles are the Palm Trees of Ireland. I dont understand why people grow them. They don't suit Ireland at all. I'd understand them in a Large garden as an interesting feature but why in a small suburban garden?

3 Garden nick nacks. Why? Flamingos (sigh), gnomes (yawn) and anthropomorphized animals (gag). There are gardens that are completely overwhelmed with little statutes intermixed with American Flags. (When I read the flamingos flying away comment I laughed and paused and then Laughed some more. )

4 I am "eyerollingly" tired of boring, green, geometrically perfect lawns with the same annuals plants in tidy rows. Sure, maybe you're a person not into gardening and just want an easy splash of colour when you come home but why the exact same splash of color as every other house on the street?

5 Fuchsias & Crocosmias. At home I loved them and worked hard to keep the alive. In Ireland they grow wild. They are everywhere. On the side of the road, in the forestry, even waving at me in front of the grocery store. Why plant them all over your garden?

5 Marigolds? I HATE them lined up a long walkway with nothing to provide contrast. Just boring. There is a house up the road that has at least a 1/3 acre walk up to the front door with a 1 ft wide border filled with nothing but Ronald McDonald head marigolds. It's such a beautiful old family house. I want to sneak in at night and gorilla plant some easy roses, maybe a lush Lemon Balm or two, lavender...oooh, I could plant a row of popcorn, that'd teach them :-)

6 Hydrangeas . I am convinced that people here must believe that you're no true gardener unless you grow big, blue hydrangeas. They must be blue and they must be right out in the front yard as close to the sidewalk as possible so people will know that you grow them.

7 Wax Begonias.

8 Huge Conifer and/or Laurel hedges in a small suburban garden. Why? Especially here where they like to mix them together. Is there anything uglier than a giant mixed conifer/laurel border?

9 Out of control cotton lavender. There are three houses nearby with cotton lavender packed into a space way too small for it. There are sad reaching branches poking through nearby plants. The branches are browning with yellow tops that create the effect of a giant alien fungus attacking the gardenbed.

10 large plants that clash planted too close together. They encroach on one another, are starved for light and just look sad. Especially when there is a conifer in the mix. They get all light starved and brown at the bottom.

That felt good. Soooooo good :-)

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 4:51AM
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Plant list that I hate:

1. thorny plant...they hurt, they piercing you and tore your clothes

2. non flowering plant..who would spent money just to see the leaves all years around, while you can it around for free

3. fake garden creature. I've seen a lot false things, please..not in the yard too.

4. Messy garden, it's creepy you know !

5. Elephant ear, hostas, fern, guys..they belong in swamp swamp swamp..not in your yard !

and no egg trowing. thankyou.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2014 at 9:12AM
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1.) Grass. It doesn't have flowers, it doesn't produce fruit, it's boring...there are so many more interesting plants in the world. Why would you make your yard one huge even expanse of featureless lawn? It's great if you have a small yard kids play sports in, but honestly most people DON'T play in their yard...and an 8th of an acre is all you need for a sports field anyway. It bugs me when I see a large rural yard that is nothing but grass.
2.) Arbor Vitae. It doesn't flower, doesn't produce fruit, a very boring plant. Looks kind of fake to me.
3.) Those fake looking tropical looking evergreens with big leaves you see in malls.
4.) Geraniums. They always look straggly to me,
5.) Impatients.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 12:10PM
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