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Ever plant a perennial and then regret it?

Ever plant a perennial and then regret it?

Old 08-10-2010, 05:24 PM
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Did you ever plant a perennial and then wish you hadn't?

If so, what did you plant, and why did you regret it?

I'll go first... saponaria oficinalis "bouncing bet". I saw it growing along a roadside near the Finger Lakes area of NY... and dug up a bit for my garden. It grows well, but too well; it takes over, and can creep underground for several feet. I should move it all to the "wild fringes of the yard".
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:37 PM
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yes, about 15 years ago, I put flower beds all around the house and along the driveway

as we are getting older, I can't take care of it, so hubby last fall, tore the ones out along the back of the house, used old push mower to cut to ground level after pulling out some of the old stuff, he sprayed with weed killer for about 2 months, and then he used hoe to loosen the soil and planted grass seed last fall and put straw over it for the winter, this spring he racked off straw and now we have grass

along the back of kitchen window, I had the peppermint herb and was wild and a big mess, now it is just grass and easier to take care of

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Old 08-10-2010, 05:43 PM
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A trumpet vine. Darn thing just keeps coming back and back and back.
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:15 PM
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Ohhh yes!!! I planted lady's mantle and it was so happy here, it was just growing everywhere and I couldn't get a grip on it. Ended up selling all the plants to local nurseries, so it was a profitable problem lol.
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:25 PM
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I didn't plant it, previous owners did...but I fight it every day. vinca vine. I shudder as I type it.
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:30 PM
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I made the big mistake about 15 years ago and I'm still fighting them...Morning Glory Vines...They are beautiful, but they choke out anything they can wrap around...
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:51 PM
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Yes, I've planted several things, English Ivy, Vinca vine, wild violets, and some I didn't even know the name of. We have a honeysuckle vine growing on a fence, know we will regret that, if we live long enough, if not it will be someone elses' problem. Right now the Hummingbirds, butterflies and bees are wild about it.
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:11 PM
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We also have a honeysuckle plant on the north side of our house and it is as big as a car now! Lots of rabbits live in it and everytime I go outside, birds fly out of it. DH just mows around it. We also have a pampas grass that blocks the view from my kitchen window - it is very big.
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Black Eyed Susan - my DH wanted something pretty for a fancy iron trellis he bought and thought it would be nice to be able to see it from the dining room window so he positioned the trellis between two huge oleander bushes and the rest was history! We had to hire someone to clear it out and to this day it pops up still in our yard, the neighbor's yard, the school field next door, etc.................
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I bought my own mothers day hydrangia it was called lady in red. I was some new hybred. I love how they have such bushy heads. But do you think mine would bloom properly.NO! It is horrible I have cut it to the root and it grows back no matter what I do it does not bloom like it should!
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