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What Have You Planted That You Really Wish You Hadn't?

Posted by rainydaywoman_z8 OR (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 26, 11 at 20:04

A few years ago I got really carried with my tropicalesque garden, figuring that for any leaf, bigger was better, and if the label said "invasive" that meant it would cover my bare spots. So now I have petasites everywhere; I can't stop them; they are taking over. Beware before ever planting a petasite! So what have you planted that you now regret?

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RE: What Have You Planted That You Really Wish You Hadn't?

Been looking for some, but can't find any petasites. Where can I get some starts? I have just the spot for them.

I like almost any plant, so it's a hard question to answer. I guess the worst plant I planted would be hardy perennial Hi Biscuss. Not bad at first, beautiful when they flowered. I was gone on the road for a few years and they self seeded everywhere. Needed a pick-ax to remove the unwanted ones from the garden and grass. (To big to mow down too.) Then they started coming up from the severed roots. I did keep a few, but watch them closely and keep them under control now.

RE: What Have You Planted That You Really Wish You Hadn't?

I would say variegated vincas would definitely be the most invasive plant I have ever planted, but I dont regret planting it because its a nice evergreen that is in a limited amount of space, so it wont take over my entire yard like it has the potential to!
They bloom in January sometimes and always bloom in the Spring! The Foliage looks its best in spring, summer, and fall, but it looks good in winters that dont get a lot of snow.

RE: What Have You Planted That You Really Wish You Hadn't?

I can't think of anything I ever planted that I didn't want, however, there are some planting LOCATIONS that I wished I had thought about more.
For instance, I have numerous edible plants, trees, vine fruits, etc. near my house, but I planted a Carolina Jessamine vine near the house, only later to find out it is quite poisonous. I finally dug it up and moved it further out.

I've gotten to the point that I always try to picture any perennial as how it may look 5-10 years down the road. (too close to house? Invasive? health risk? ect)

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