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Apr 19, 2014 8:26 AM CST
|Variegated plants are my favorites but it is a surprise to me how many on the list can be invasive unless you plant them in an area where you can let them go. I find it amusing that Goutweed (Bishop's Weed) is number #1. It is my #1 nemesis as I have been trying to remove it permanently from my beds for several years. Here it is certainly invasive and I had no idea when I ordered it several years ago. It is pretty in a mass but takes over. It needs to be contained. Friends put it around a tree with a brick border and that looked very nice and was easier to control. It would not be my first choice at all. |
Houttuynia (Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon') is my second nemesis! I had 4 plants and now am ripping out every year, which is even more difficult that the Goutweed! My husband loves the plant because it does look beautiful en masse and especially when it blooms in June but it has killed other plants I had in that area. So plant with caution and allow room for it to spread. I am in Zone 6.
The Zebra Grass I have is also quite a spreader along with Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance', which is not listed. Again, one must take into account how much space you have and how much you are willing to devote to the spreading.
I have most of the Hostas listed and am always an easy prey for variegated Hostas!
Glad to see this list but there are definitely other varieties I would consider over some of the above such as Buddleia Harlequin, Sedums ( like Frosty Morn and Tricolor), Brunneras (Variegata, Looking Glass, Jack Frost, Emerald Mist, King's Ransome, Silver Wings, etc), Calamintha grandiclora ‘Variegata, Caryopteris Snow Fairy, Haskonechloa Grasses (like Aureola, Fubuki, and Albo Striata), the Tiarellas, Lamiums, and the new Knautia Macedonica Variegated, to name a few!
Apr 19, 2014 1:40 PM CST
|If you want your favorites to be on next year's Top 25 list, add photos and comments to those entries.|
Apr 19, 2014 3:26 PM CST
|Good advice Sue. I'm going to do that.....I hope.|
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Apr 19, 2014 3:29 PM CST
|My name isn't Sue, but I'm glad you liked the advice.|
Apr 19, 2014 4:05 PM CST
| I ought to know who ZuZu is and who Sue is by now.....a senior moment here. |
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Apr 19, 2014 10:26 PM CST
|Maybe the comments on these were about how they are invasive and not to plant them. LOL. I know several that are commonly discussed in a negative way.|
Apr 20, 2014 5:17 PM CST
|I was pleasantly surprised to find goutweed at the top of the list. I really like this plant and while it does spread nicely, it is not the thug for me that it apparently is for others. I love it at the foot of trees and shrubs for easy maintenance and a splash of brightness. Houttuynia is a stinky plant for me, I don't care for it. I haven't actively tried to eradicate it (mainly because I hate to pull it up, I can't abide the smell), but it has not spread beyond the one corner I planted it in. It does well as a marginal plant for those who might want to contain it by simply dropping a pot into your pond. |
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