It's pretty, but it roots DEEP quickly and spreads wide in any soil without additional water in our drought. 50 More Perennials You’ll Regret Planting May 25, 2019 Perennials are a fantastic, low maintenance investment for flower gardeners. Learned to that when still in my home). However, if you love it, you should plant it. I had to start all over because the original space turned into Beauty in the eyes of the beholder. Please let me know when you do and I'll be the first to follow you. Despite their invasiveness, they still have either beautiful flowers or leaf texture/structure or can be important sources of pollen for bees. Mint, oh my god the mint! Last year we took the last few bits, soaked everything in vinager & laid down thick pieces of cardboard, rug and plywood with rocks on top. Mom told me not to take some from her garden because they spread everywhere. I just don't know what it's called. A true Nightmare! And digging can just spread it anyways. Everywhere. In other areas these perennials aren't problems at all. It was sold under the Martha Stewart brand back when she branded everything in the world. Funny how some things can be so pretty until you look under the pretty! Didnt even know there were different types of Bachelor buttons (I love them and will try to find the ones that seed lol) Also those purple flowers...they sure are hardy, and the bees sure do love them ... OMG I have Prairie lilies and there is this HUMMINGBIRD that visits for mine ... my day lilies must be planted in a better spot then yours, they're still blooming. I agree with you! Chives are the bane of my life. I'll be sure to include it in my follow up article this spring. Please do research on what works on your area. I agree that some of the cautionary plants are lovely, but knowing a plant has a tendency to take over a garden is exceedingly useful information. Will the rocky soil and aggressive neighboring plants help keep mint in check or would you suggest I dig the mint up now before spring comes? I planted most of those invasive plants and then some (Lamb's Ears, Hops vine , also invasive, and other plants that were given to me over the years). We came home and built a mesh trellis that went up to roof of our house and I bought Virginia Creeper. Hmm....I'm in zone 6 Michigan and wondered why I have so many beautiful orange day lilies opening up! I know I should be more aggressive about keeping it inbounds, but it is under and around so much that it became daunting. I have spent 3 years trying to get it out of my hosta bed. Judy C. I find it rather sad that so many of the plants listed, really attract the pollinators. I am lucky enough to have an area behind our house, well away from us where I let comfrey (I could open a soap factory! I grew hollyhocks and enjoyed them in the spring. I'm a complete gardening novice & all this info leaves me rather breathless, wondering what I should try to beautify the small strips of space in front of my newly rented duplex in Vancouver, USA. Oh no, that's sound terrible!! Yes, I agree. We moved 7 years ago..I bet that bed is 100% malva now, lol. I'd love to know how your perennials do this year. look! How can you have a flower garden without these staples? I guess I will lay down a good soak of vinegar (the ground is already acidic, being in a pine forest) and then a thick layer of newspapers and can get pinewood chips from the fire dept from their free chipper program. Bees love sunflowers, beebalm, and really any flower that is yellow, purple, or blue. I prefer the shorter varieties to the huge taller ones. I will make sure to do that when I write a follow up article. They spread like crazy unless contained and need to be divided on a regular basis. I'm from México. I live in the Texas Panhandle and try so very hard to grow some of those flowers and despite "babying" them they do not grow well here. The second color didn't show up until last year. Some of these flowers are beautiful and would bring me joy to have half of them growing in my yard. My biggest issue is Ajuga. It’s a beautiful coral color, and the Hummingbirds love it. Thanks for the encouragement! Rose of sharon with that 15 inch tap root in the first month from blown seed or bird drops has been another bane. Hi Kristen! Thanks for all this information and I enjoyed the pictures too. My regret is oregano. My Mom had them in the back yard when I was growing up, and they disappeared before I had to sell the house. Lol, I feel like that about my garden and my Dad too. My neighbor has some of the daisies at her house but she doesn't mind as she loves them. plants that were simply a mistake to put in the garden. Hi Susan, you are right, no plant is "bad" per se. Plant once and reap the benefits for years! *sigh*. Some in a raised bed and also pots. It's not crazy at all! I just wish our season was longer cus wow, it seems like summer went by so fast this yr. "Roses - While not impossible to grow, especially if you choose a variety bred for the prairies, it is best left to more experienced gardeners." Just deadhead them daily to keep them looking really neat. What is a bane to you people would be a glorious here. Container-grown perennial plants are the ones you buy at a nursery or plant center, already growing in a pot.They’re the easiest to transplant successfully. I expected an article on ecologically damaging or dangerous plants, but this turned out to be a little overwrought. Morning glories are just plain evil. It’s highly invasive and you literally have to burn it out to get rid of it. I'm very fortunate to have 4 acres. A very hoity toity landscaping firm planted it my front garden bed as a “flowering plant.” It pretty quickly became a bush, then a very unruly, woody shrub.. it is too big, with its unattractive, twisty woody parts, for the front of the garden. Most plants propagate sexually via pollination, flowering, and seed development.However, some also propagate asexually by rooting cuttings. Yet I see people buying pots of it at plant sales who say they use it where they can't get grass to grow and haven't had an issue. You have such a nice collection of flowers. But it is a thug and crowds out everything and is nearly impossible to dig out. some of these spread by seeds only, so all you'd have to do is trim off the spent flowers and they won't reproduce. This article was written to be slightly humorous and for the person who is new to perennial gardening and might not realize how much work it can be. As she states, the advice may not necessarily be for you! Yes, irises are also short lived, but I really like the deep purple color of my tall Siberian iris. And it’s in my garden beds so it would have to all be killed in the spring, when it’s pouring outside. It’s December 23rd and I feel like it’s a fair, If you're still feeling the itch to do some Christ, Happy winter solstice friends! This is a fun blog. However, this year I did have black-eyed Susans take over the area south of my house where we cut down trees last fall. JUST HORRIBLE. Great structure plant, but oh my!, just one season & it reseeded in the next three yards down the street. I bought my mom 2 one gallon plants and they spread by seed, root you name it. The problem is I have it everywhere and how can I keep water at boiling temperature? Don't know the apps name though. I want to buy this I'm glad you liked it! It's always been a weed to me? After twenty years of battling bishop’s weed, which came with the house and killed off so many plants that I put in, I finally solved the problem. The "wild" type of daylily, the Orange one, is invasive and will take over the hybrid ones until they are all Orange. This stuff will break through concrete to survive. Also sold at nurseries without a warning sticker; Ribbon Grass. I was thinking about ferns and now I’m rethinking it. I've even salted the ground and my dogs have taken to peeing on it. If you like roses we have had great success with Morden varieties (as in Morden, Manitoba) in our Saskatchewan gardens. We planted 3 in a backyard border here in Calgary. I've either fought or embraced quite a few of the plants on your list and ones that commenters have mentioned, as well. Sweet, pearl-like color, massive blooms, blooms for weeks, nice foliage. They love it. So we put pretty flowering baskets on top & decorative rock ;). Oh, and the butterflies that feed on my morning glories that climb my chicken pen are such a pleasure to watch. 17 yr old boys digging plus a backhoe when we dug the septic mostly got the last of it. That is true! One plant I would add to this list is Purple Globeflower. They planted vinca minor, st.john's wort and then vinca major!!! Ive been gardening for 15yrs. They look so pretty bending over the front-yard birdbath, so I’ll keep those. This person MUST know some We now have them everywhere - around the other side of the house, coming up through shrubs, all along the house foundation. Spiderwort is the worst for me also! Should be a law that people need planters ed before putting that in. I use a weed killer with a dropper on ones that cannot be dug out without digging out the desired plant next to it. I agree with Cindy and Debbie. I thought it was interesting you seemed to include some of the same plants on your go to list as your no- go list. Thank you for sharing this blog with us. The second one is Ivy. So pretty, green & white leaves, spreads easily with tough knotted roots. In all but a few cases, this is a job for early spring or late fall. Do you have a local gardening group? I have noticed that nurseries and even the Big Box Store sell things on the state restricted plant list! When we moved into our house 10 years ago the woods on our property were infested. Enjoyed your post! They spread under the earth and never stop until I attempted to pull them out and did use something to eradicate them. I cannot believe they still sell Yellow Bleeding Heart (Corydalis Lutea) and the various variegated bamboo grasses. You should also start adding some compost to those patches of soil (once you've weeded them). It doesn't matter what some random-person-on-the-internet says. True gardeners don't give up!! If you're in zone 2 or 3, I have another post about what will grow here that's really nice. How sad. Tried saving its seeds and planting, but they wouldn't come up. I bought my current house a couple years ago and and left behind a lot of the problem plants when I moved. Some of these cannot be controlled unless you use,something like roundup on them not a good choice but sometimes necessary. Just warning about the vincas and the st. johns wort... Hopefully you have luck with that! But in winter, you’ll have more success buying it at the grocery store. I pour it over the bits that try to escape the edging. I wish I still had mine! another invasive plant is the morning glory! Dig Planting Hole. Tennessee as well. Happy gardening! It has dainty looking pink flowers, about medium size. #gardening #flowergarden #perennial #flowers. With all the suggestions in the comments I'll have at least 28 more! Bees do love them so don't plant close to your doorway. haha. Especially over winter creeper and constantly pulling up bindweed. A swamp! Most perennials have a tight and extensive root system. Astilbe. I know...right? Far from my garden, I have a place with bees. I've practically killed myself in this yard and I want someone to continue to love it. I like this kind of article; I look for plants people consider invasive because I have a lot of trouble growing things where I am(zone 5 cleared woodland, very rocky poor soil). extension office. Well, I love the way my ferns look popping up here and there. All of it, not a single plant came back. I am confident it is on Michigan's invasive list. Thanks for warning others about the dangers of planting without research! Too opinionated and self important. I have Holly Hocks and have for the 7 years we have been here. I have tri-colored Japanese fern which has spread only a foot over the last 10 yrs. I planted peppermint and spearmint in a raised border bed on a rocky slope. The DEVIL is a plant called Chamelion Plant. You can put some big pots in the area if it looks bare. I think you are confusing perennial with low maintenance... Why you’ll grow to loathe them: This tree continuously sheds its flowers. I would like to add a couple of periennels to your list. I live in Ontario in zone 5b. The loveliest (and lowest maintenance) garden I ever had included almost all of them, all competing with one another under a grove of young walnut trees. Azaleas and rhododendron grow great under pines...blueberries and raspberries too though the raspberries can take off if you arent careful too...not hard to research on pinterest in the search line...acid loving shade plants. Hi Jessica, I'm sorry you feel that way. Asked several experts and tried it all ugh I'll take a dozen! I'd like something different but haven't a clue what to try. Oh no! They can so easily become a nuisance instead of something giving you joy. I'm curious, is there any plant that's particularly problematic in Texas? brought them over in pots, but when they started growing out of the pots, made the mistake of putting them in the ground. That may be your only opportunity to loosen the soil, remove rocks, and add … And although each bloom only lasts 12 to 15 hours, each plant will bloom for nearly 3 weeks. I live in zone 4a in northern ontario. I live in a 7B-8A climate so pretty perfect if they were going to easily propigate. %#€>*%#, I hate mice so I gave up on feeding the birds. I'm new to gardening. Besides, they’re fairly well behaved and the foliage makes a nice backdrop for annuals. Within 2 months I had to dig out a whole section of garden and again the next year plus pulling up strays for a couple more years. You're right, I can't grow it in zone 3. Choose a cool, cloudy, or damp day to plant, or plant in late afternoon. Where do you live? Some take I bought a house where mint was planted in the ground. While mint invading your garden is a nuisance, it’s is not so terrible if it invades your lawn unless you’re married to the idea of a one-species lawn(not the most environmentally-friendly idea). My neighbor was selling it as "Bamboo" at a rummage sale, I shared my experience and now we are are great friends. I have mint in parts of my lawn and quite frankly, I love it.. Study everything about pollination and most of the 28 plants you listed are great for our pollinators , who supply 60% of our daily food, but hang around and they will disappear on there own as soon as the Bees and other pollinators are listed on the list of extinction? I'll take this beautiful hot mess. what you’re getting into first. The root is too long and deep to dig it out. Hi Kristen! What a fabulous example of using a plant to your advantage! Oh yes, and unlike one of your readers, I love black eyed Susan’s and highly recommend this cheerful garden perennial. From 1 plant. 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