Springhill Shade grab bag

czimmMay 20, 2013

I received my Springhill Shade Grab Bag this weekend. The contents were clematis, 3 widows tears (I'm sure that will be an annual in my zone!), and 4 chameleon flowers. They are nice size plants (although I wasn't expecting much). Do I dare plant the invasive chameleons in my shade garden? There is plenty of room in this garden for it to take over. Will I regret planting it?

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I assume that your "chameleon flowers" are the plant Houttuynia cordata. An old friend of mine grew it and when I commented about how beautiful it was she stated emphatically "You DON'T want it!". She insisted that I would be sorry if I planted it in-ground, so I took some and just grew it in a pot for a couple years. It is very pretty and I loved the scent (citrus-like), but unless you want to risk it taking over everything and never being able to rid yourself of it, I wouldn't put it in your garden.

FWIW, there are many plants that will "take over" a garden, or even a yard if allowed to, and people pay good money for them and plant them all the time. I inherited Lily of the Valley and it's just as bad of a monster plant, yet people love it and so do I. I also made the mistake of nursing a little bit of Aegopodium variegata that was inherited with my gardens. Plants like this can be kept in check with barriers and constant maintenance, but with all the gardening I do they just didn't get that constant maintenance and they are both taking over large spaces. sigh.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 7:05AM
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Thank you for the advice! I think I will pot them...

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 10:35PM
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Many thanks for the advice. This is exactly what i have been looking for.

Here is a link that might be useful: Garden Bags

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 1:13AM
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