Plants to Avoid
1. Lamb’s Ears
This is probably not popular, since they are a really fun plant and edge a bed with a gray-green color that seems to go with everything, but they are SO invasive that I will never plant them again.
I’ve actually had them in my gardens for many years, trying to make them work because I just love the fuzzy leaves and glowing color. I even keep the flower stalks cut down to help them look a bit neater. But I’m just tired of trying to keep them in check, and the hours it takes to refresh them each spring. I’m just saying no – finally.
Here’s another that many may not agree with, but I cannot get these to grow nicely for me. They are planted in a moist shade area (it usually grows moss nearby, a-hem) and get regular water during our dry July-September months and they’re still dried up brown stubs by the end of July. With no blooms. Not worth it.
Oh, it’s sad for me to write this, because I’m in love with quince blossoms which are not only pretty, but bloom in February when I’m so ready for their sweet pink flowers.
But this shrub is horrible, really. It’s full of inch-long thorns that hurt, it suckers like mad – even into the grass and nearby plants, AND it grows out of control when planted where it’s happy. This shrub you see above? I used a hedge trimmer last summer and hacked it back (and got some nice scratches to go along with it) to a nice 4′ x 4′ size that I thought would last awhile. Um, obviously no.
“But they’re so sweet – look at those little periwinkle blooms!” Just don’t do it, no matter how quaint and old-fashioned they seem. They start out small and sweet and soon take over your garden – and any other garden space their clingy little seeds can find. I’m trying to forget them.
What are your thoughts on this list? I hope you’ll chime in with your favorites and those you won’t plant again, too- either here, on AOC’s Facebook page or Instagram!
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