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Posted by bumblebeez z7b SC (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 14, 04 at 16:04

I happen to like ligustrum (even the wild stuff) and bradford pears. I have neither mainly because I've been influenced by the prejudices of other gardeners here. But I'm thinking of adding a privet this spring in the background somewhere, just for the fragrance. But not as a topiary...


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  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Sun, Mar 14, 04 at 17:01

I hate Norway maple seedlings 10,000 times each summer.

Al


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I think I posted this wrong!

What do you like that other people hate? I know bradfords are distained here...But I like them anyway!


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  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Mon, Mar 15, 04 at 16:07

I like people that hate Norway maple seedlings 10,000 times each summer. Is that getting any closer? ;o)

Al


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That's funny, Al!


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  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Tue, Mar 16, 04 at 16:22

I too have and like Bradford pears. I think they're a neat tree. I do keep them pruned toward the vertical to help prevent breakage, though.

I like dandelions and forsythia in bloom along with wild morning glories and Chinese elm in other people's yards, too.

Al


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Al, I am thinking of adding a Bradford. Would you reccomend pruning the newly bought tree, as in removing some of the side branches, immediately, or waiting? I see some callery pears (bradford?) each year that are very tall and heavily blooming. I was thinking I could remove some of the crotches to make a more vertical tree. Or, should I just look for another variety? Which I probably wouldn't be able to find...


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  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Wed, Mar 17, 04 at 10:24

Why don't you consider the pear variety "Red Spire". I have three of these trees. They are vigorous, require little pruning, have all the good things Bradfords have w/o the problems. Here's something I found in a newspaper:

"As towns across the country have discovered, Bradford pear trees do not make good street trees, because their multiple trunks cause them to break apart easily in bad weather," Bruce explained. "Newer varieties of ornamental pear trees have been developed with one main trunk and a sturdier habit. Among these is the Red Spire."

I'm sure one of your local nurseries could find them for you.

Good luck,

Al


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Thanks, I'll look for it.


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Virginia Creeper and Trumpet vine and Elderberry! All of those are just drivine me craze--they run underground as well drop seeds everywhere!


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  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Sun, Mar 21, 04 at 13:16

Seeee - I'm not the only one that missed your intent. ;o)

Al


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Oh well! This happens to me all the time!


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HATE, HATE, HATE, Rose of Sharon planted nearly on my property line, next to my rock garden. All spring and summer, it spews the dreaded seeds onto my property. Hard area to weed, hard weed to pull. D*** near impossible without soaking soil and using plyers. I HATE IT. I have a life, and no time to constantly fight these unsightly sprouts.
Neighbors don't seem to care that I sweat all summer trying to controll them, and keep trimming what grows over onto my property. I plan to have a section of privacy fence installed, hoping to keep at least some of the dreaded seeds from breeding like rabits, in between the rocks and plants on this bank. Which by the way was put there so I wouldn't have to cut grass etc. on the steep slope. Cutting grass would have been much easier.
Even offered to take it out and replace it with something of their choice. I hope they ab-so-lute-ly hate the section of fence I plan to put up.
Sorry for that outburst, I am at the end of my rope. How can neighbors be like that. I was SO nice about it when I told them of my problems. They were friends before marriage and have been our neighbors for over 20 years. It isn't like they don't like us and just want to cause problems.


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I like morning glories, that everyone complains are too rampant.


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We just bought our first house last year and found the garden overgrown with Rose of Sharon & Yew bushes. I spent two months with my spade excavating 12 foot long Yew bush runners and 6 inch diameter Rose of Sharon taproots which seemed to go down into the netherworld.
I more than empathize with donnaskinner, but I have the advanatage that the hated plants were on my side of the plants and I now have a nice bed tilled up and ready for tomatoes!
By the way, there is a forsythia in the front that I hacked and hacked at and couldn't budge the root ball so I just covered it with black plastic (folded over 16 times) and piled dirt on it. So far, very few shoots have come from the outside the plastic.


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We took down 40 chinese elm trees years ago because they seed so terribly. Here in Zone 4 I would love it if a rose of sharon could survive our winters. Didn't realize they could actually be a problem anywhere. Would have to say my most hated plant is polygonum which went 5 feet down and came up all over before we spent days digging it out. I have an annual plant sale and always inform my customers about any plants I would consider invasive to save them further grief. Mary


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I like honeysuckle. Others around here hate it. Though I do have to pll it up by the handfuls each year or it will take over.


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I love Glechoma hederacaea and many think it's a weed. I'd love to see a lawn made of it, it wouldn't require the kinds of resources that a grass lawn does and the variegated form is drop-dead gorgeous.


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Okay I'll say it....My name is Lynn and I like dandelions. I especially like that they bloom in time for Mother's day, and they look beautiful in bouquets held in chubby little hands. They also make great headbands when chained together. They also make great wine, but that's another forum. No problem with them ruining the lawn, because I really hate lawns :).


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There is a fast growing weed/vine that I have to keep pulled, or it will take over my lilac bush. I don't think anyone loves these, but I wish I could get a couple of these vine/weeds to grow near the neighbor's Rose of Sharon. Would love to see it wind around that bush and smother the dreaded life out of it.
Found out that by trimming what is growing over the property line, just makes it grow faster and thicker. I need a hit man for that bush.
P.S. Got the estimate for one section of private fence and a couple of plants to help block the R of S from growing onto my property.... $460 eeekkk. Will ask a relative if he needs a weekend project.


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I admit I never pull oxalis (yellow woodsorrel) unless I want the space for something else. It's a great weed barrier, and so very easy to pull when no longer wanted. And it's so cute!


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I think pokeweed is beautiful--with its fushia stems and black purple berries, dark green leaves and tall, stalky habit. I enjoyed one for years next to my shed. It developed a tuberous root system like an elephant's foot and eventually draped over the shed. Unfortunately, when I had more pokeweed seedlings and purple bird poop over my white car than I could stand, I eventually had to cut it down.


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I've heard a lot of complaints about Callas being too invasive. I love them! But then... I only planted them in pots...


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I love oxalis too. People around here are tired of impatients, but I think they are invaluable and easy color for shady areas. I was also shocked to know that many people hate hostas--I'm here in the south wishing I could grow some huge hostas.


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Does it have to be just one? I love honeysuckle and privet for the scent and Rose of Sharon for the blooms...

*sigh* guess you guys'll be sending the people from the funny farm to get me now :)


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I HATE the wild violets (weeds) that are taking over my yard!! And I know, I know, alot of people like these things. They are everywhere.


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I Love Poison Oak. It's one of my favorite natives, I'm not kidding! Beautiful glossy leaves, and wonderfully sweet spicy scented flowers. The fall colors are of course amazing, and white winter berries on the bare twigs make a nice picture.

My dream is to someday find a sport of it that doesn't spread too quickly. Oh, and I guess it would be nice to find one that doesn't make the itchy stuff.

Vincent


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Oooh, I guess I'll take the cake on this one...LOL

I live in the country on ten acres, so I don't have
to worry about my plants creeping into neighbors' yards...
only their trash blowing into our yard or their cigarette smoke
drifting my way as I try to enjoy a morning walk in the gardens. Ugh!

Hated plants I love? Hmm. Long list. I intentionally seek
plants from our backwoods & drag them back home!

Pokeweed, Mullein, grapevine, coreopsis, Rose of Sharon,
(grew one from seed, fell in love and about to plant
30+ this weekend!) morning glories, potato vine,
cinnamon yam vine, honeysuckle, I've even planted Kudzu
though it did not fare well in our heat without
rainfall. Oh the list goes on and on.

Your weed is my rose!
Your trash is my treasure!

*giggle*


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I love morning glories! I live in the south now; grew up in the north where we had to plant them if we wanted to see them. Here they grow whether you want them to or not. I hate four o'clocks! They drop seeds and form those tubers. I am going to spray the area with roundup as it is impossible to get them all by digging.


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I have several forsythia in my yard- and most people I know hate it- they think its so ugly- just yellow flowers on bare branches- but its a sign of the coming spring to me, and the leaves are such a pretty bright green


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  • Posted by jkw7aj z8a (Sunset 5) (My Page) on
    Mon, May 24, 04 at 10:03

I really, really like one of our natives that spreads like wildfire ... the Western Starflower. It's an amazingly simple and gorgeous little woodland plant that no one else seems to have a use for.


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  • Posted by euka ottawa (zone 4) (My Page) on
    Tue, May 25, 04 at 22:22

milkweed.. smells heavenly, I love it even though it is a noxious weed around here


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I really love honeysuckle, even though for some parts of the country, it is invasive. Nothing like the smell of honeysuckle to send me away on cloud 9...


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I love honeysuckle too. And orange daylilies (ditchlilies)

Susie


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i must say i have a norway maple, and i love it..of course it's still young..and it hasnt started with the whirligig pods, and i'm sure one day i'll hate it. but, it was here when we moved in a year and a half ago, and i never got rid of it..i actually didn't even know what it was at first! it sort of looked like a cross between a maple tree and a shrub! i love the thick foliage and the nice shaded area it provides in an almost otherwise shadeless yard.

another one of my "i love it but you probably hate it" favorites is my chokecherry tree. it is growing too close to my house, and was probably just a gift from the birds, but i'll never complain...it shades my bedroom window during the day and at night i can get undressed without having to put my shade down! :-) i live at the edge of a wooded area, and nature is more powerful than me, so instead of fighting the invasives..i welcome them!


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my neighbor loves....bindweed! She actually keeps the seeds and says it looks great on her porch posts! Says she can't grow anything so what did grow she kept! I have to admit it did look nice growing up her porch last summer.....
me ...I hate bindweed! But I love those nasty thistle weeds ....they are beautiful in bloom and sometimes I collect them for dried flower wreaths and swags.....so to each his/her own I guess! Thanks for the thread.


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For the life of me, I can't understand how people can be bothered by the tiny flowers that will grow in a mowed lawn. The johnny jump-ups, veronicas, star-of-bethlehem, creeping charlie, clovers, etc... I can remember looking for flowers at recess with my friends. They're so pretty and as soft as the grass. If it's green and not prickly, it's welcome to grow where I mow.


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I love oxalis, and elderberries, both of them invasive. I also love native hibiscus, even though I have hundreds coming up in my lawn every year.


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I too like honeysuckle--a few years ago, I took a cutting from a nearby woodsy area and it now grow on my backyard fence. I had to prune it this year and it really looks neat and trimmed. I figure that I was bringing an invasive plant in my yard and it was my responsibility to keep it under control. I also like ditch lilies, as do a lot of people around here, judging from their yards.


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fyi bruggirl, native hibiscus is known as rose of sharon around here. I have to say my favorite plant that everyone (who knows better ought to) hate(s) is houttentoyia (sp?)AKA chameleon plant. I wanted something that would hold its own in amongst a thick patch of "native" daylilies and it looks marvelous! If I hadn't known its incredible invasiveness to begin with and planted it in the well behaved part of my garden, I would have been extremely upset; it's no surprise to me that it's considered a noxious weed here.


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I really hate Mimosa but a friend of mine allowed a volunteer to grow beside his pond and it is absolutely beautiful....about 5' high right now, leans ever so slightly at just the right angle, fans out over the pond, looks just a wee bit tropical at water's edge, creates a wonderful reflection....I looked at it maybe a bit longingly and my husband said, "Don't even THINK about it!"


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I LOVE the wild violets in the lawn. DH hates them; it makes him crazy. We have alot in the far back end of the yard. When it blooms, it looks lovely from the deck; he looks and curses it.

I also love the white clover in the lawn; another one that DH has issues with.

I also love morning glories; I can't get them to reseed for me for the life of me.


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I too love dandelions for the same reason the other Lynn does it is those chubby hands and the hate of perfect lawns that make them so much fun. After a long winter my eyes want bright colors and Dlions give me that. Plus who can resist blowing their seeds and making a wish? I also leave a big patch of Honeysuckle, Rosa Multiflora and blackberry bramble, the first two for the smell the third for the eating. I think it is easier to enjoy invasive weeds if you have enough land to let them ramble freely.
Lynn,


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I like dandelions too, very bright yellow faces covering my lawn, mixed in with the wild violets. I also love Johnny-jump-ups, they are everywhere in my beds always happy to fill in if there is a bare spot. Another one is Creeping Charlie, it has kept itself to the backyard for years and years never entered the side yards or front yard, little blue flowers in the Spring and what a great ground cover! In the heat of the summer when everyone's lawns are turning brown, there is the bright green Creeping Charlie looking as fresh as ever. Also Obedient Plant, I actually water and feed my Obedient plants. Another weed I love Day Flower, it fills in empty spaces, has pretty blue flowers and is easy to pull out if you need the space.

But I'm with Al on hating the Norway Maple seedlings 10,000 times each summer. Ditto on the Rose-of-Sharon seedlings!!


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I LOVE mimosa! The fuzzy pink flowers look like something out of Dr. Seuss - and the butterflies love them! Can't grow them in Maine - I just admire them when I visit my folks in Kentucky.
I like dandelions, devil's paintbrush, goldenrod, violets, bluets, milkweed. I have a huge patch of milkweed that I leave to host Monarch butterflies. Any blooming weed steals my heart! I call them wildflowers....
I also like houttuynia. Just have to plant it in the right place.


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Ok, you might think I have a screw loose, but I can't stand petunias, geraniums, marigolds etc. They are SO BORING to me! Too short for my tastes, something I see local restaurants/banks plant every few inches apart in rows, with lots of mulch inbetween. I love the cottage gardening style, with lots of variety in heights, colors, textures.
:0) Phyl


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I know it's non native but I love my pinl/white spirea. I don't feel guilty 'cause I didn't plant them. They came with the house.


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Hi! I can't stand Virginia Creepers or Goldenrod! I'm allergic to both. I can't believe places are selling these as perrenials. On the other hand, I love little violets, periwinkles and Johnny-jump-ups.


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My favorite hated plants are yellow oxalis, and bindweed.


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Accolady, you're right. You take the cake if you like kudzu. I can't imagine it failed when you planted it (which might be illegal). You probably forgot to mulch it with concrete (at least 3 inches) and fertilize it with motor oil. Better luck next time.


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I curse my neighbor who decided to plant mint on the other side of our fence. It is out of control. I am now resorting to using Roundup on it and hope it kills mine and hers.


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I like oxalis...I mow around it in my yard so that I get a huge wave of yellow flowers in the springtime. But I HATE vinca major! EEEEEEK!


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I'm a dandelion lover too. Last year they grew along our driveway in front of the fairy roses and looked so bright and cheerful. My husband would mow them down and in a few days they would be back blooming brighter than ever. This year we had a dry srping and they didn't reseed so well and so I was left with wild pancium grass and my most hated grass, crabgrass. Another of my favorites is the mimosa tree. Here where I live they grow like weeds, and everyone hates them, but how can you hate a trees that has such pretty flowers, invites hummingbirds and butterflies and such a strong survivial instinct. I have 8 acres and wish they would volunteer everywhere. Ditchlilies are another favorite and even mint if it's not in your flowerbeds. In fact anything that grows like a weed and doesn't need to be babied is fine by me. I'll take a pretty weed over bare dirt anyday.


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You can eat dandelion's too!

http://www.sunriseherbfarm.com/recipes/dandeliondishes.html

Here is a link that might be useful: Dandelion Recipes


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I love sweet clover.I grew up where there were fields of it and around here it covers the sides of the roadsides in summer.the smell is intoxicating.I would love to grow it if I had room in my small garden.I also love goldenrod,have a patch of it out back and its so showey in late summer.


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English ivy. A strand hitchhiked its way into my garden a few years back, via a new Tiffan Blue Spruce tree. Now, I'm waging a constant war with it. It pops up everywhere, and has managed to mix more than once into the Boston Ivy that covers my house.

Like one of those awful horror movies, where you figure the bad guy is dead, and then ....tadahhhhh....he's baaaack.


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I have a love/hate relationship with the vinca/periwinkle that seems to be taking over my driveway border bed. On one hand, it's very attractive and compact, and has those gorgeous little blue flowers, but on the other hand, it spreads so fast, I can almost see it! It's taking over the bed, and doesn't show any signs of stopping.


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I could do without Bishop's weed.


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I love the fragrance of petunias in the evening even tho they are looked upon with disdain, cuz they are so commonly grown here.
jan


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I love just about every weed in the yard - it hadn't been taken care of in years before we moved in, so there are lots. The clover and dandelions attract bees and the violets are just pretty...but my favorite is the plantain. Most people just know it as another broadleaf weed but I don't know what I'd do without it. Crush it up and put it on skeeter bites and bee stings and ahhhh...instant relief. You can't tell it's not grass unless you're standing in my yard, anyway. :P


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I really can't say I particularly HATE any plant--unless I'm weeding it because my neighbors can't be bothered to mow, much less pull their weeds. I pull a LOT of annual grass out of my flower beds, a lot of prickly lettuce, a lot of spurge, a few milkweeds, and I think I FINALLY have a handle on the scorzonera/salsify. I'm also not too whippy on elm seedlings because there are just SO MANY!


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I hate Privet! My neighbors have 3 on their side of the fence. Thave a choking smell that my husband is alergic too. and they drop flowers and a small round seed onto our 5th wheel roof that looks like rat t**ds. We are building a pool and I realize I am going to be fighting this tall 20 feet hedge. Is there a way to spray and prevent the Privet from blooming or seeding?


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I love the cypress vine! Most people hate the vine but I planted it from seed and coaxed it where I wanted it. To step outside and count up to 15 bright yellow butterflies and up to 10 hummingbirds covering the red flowers each morning is worth the work.


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morning glories.they are awesome.


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I just gotta say I am apparently oblivious to what others hate. I did not know that people hated honysuckle, morning glories, forsythia and more. I just moved to the south from MI and as far as i knew those plants were all loved. Guess im sheltered. I love all three.


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I love LOVE LOVE Forsythia! Even though everyone says it's the ugliest hedge plant ever. :( Poor Forsythia.


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Well, to add to this post 1 year later, my husband and I both love our silver maple tree. It dosn't reseed in our yard (we do mow after all) or lose anything major in storm. We've lost more significant limbs from our oak tree. We even planted another in our front yard.

Also love my varigated privets. Love my spireas. So lovely in spring and love the delicate foliage the rest of the year.

Chinese tallow. Love them so far.

I guess if its growing, whats not to like. With one exception. Asian jasmine! I wish mine were DEAD!!!


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I dislike big green weed-less chemical laden St. Augustine yards.


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well i love a lot of garden plants, what I really hate are the weeds that grow around them. but i don't like flowering plants that grow high, so I would say rhododendrons..

Here is a link that might be useful: Garten Pavillon


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I also think pokeweed is beautiful. I also like dandelions, honeysuckle, milkweed, and morning glories.


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I've been amused that this thread is still here and the different interpretations of the topic.
I like Bradford pears, variegated privet and Japanese honeysuckle, and am fully aware of all their inherent problems - and how much most gardeners despise them.


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CANADIAN THISTLES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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I'm with you on Canadian Thistle, Seedeater!! I had to hoe bazillions of them when I was a kid on the farm.


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  • Posted by alys Zone 5/6 - MO (My Page) on
    Thu, Feb 19, 09 at 13:17

I love this thread! I am also a wild violet lover. I think they are beautiful. I remember as a child laying under my mom's forsythia bushes (which I do hate) and looking at the pretty violets that grew under them in the shade. I also love English Ivy and intentionally planted it around my oak tree. In my zone, you CAN keep it under control, but it takes work and I'm lazy. So this year it's going to take an extension ladder to get it trimmed back down to a reasonable height on the tree. That's what I get for loving an invasive weed, huh?


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I LOVE mimosas. Everyone curses them but they bring hummingbirds they're pink and smell good. Beautiful!
Oh yes, orange crocosmia. They grow like weeds here and people despise them. They spread like crazy and you CANNOT kill them-not even with gas! However, hummingbirds love them and they are bright and pretty. Bugs don't even bother them.


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Jade, I don't care for jade. Also spider plants.


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hate yews, rose of sharon - unless pruned like a tree, burning bush, yucca, most sedum, many ornamental grasses,

love english ivy if grown in a pot for topiary, love morning glory (not milkweed), love periwinkle,


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Love these plants! Know they can be obnoxious

Just about any vine- wisteria, wild grape, trumpet.
Lots of roadside weeds growing among roadkill, cigarette butts and glass- especially chicory
Ditch lilies
Rose of Sharon
Wild false strawberry
Obedient plant
Yucca


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