Acanthus - be warned!
When we moved into our house 8 years ago, I had new borders cut. In one, which I call my 'ornamental' bed, I planted an acanthus. BIG mistake...it did not fit with the rest of the planting. So, 3 years ago, I thought "no worries, mistakes like this happen all the time, let's get rid of it" (as you do). Today, once again, I am trying to get rid of it. This time, I have gone 2 full spade-lengths down...and STILL cannot find the end of the roots and they will not pull up either. I think I am doomed to dig towards Australia to my life's end (and I am already 75:| ). So, if anyone in Australia has an acanthus that they haven't planted, can you please pull from your end!! And does anyone have any ideas on how to get rid of it once and for all (bearing in mind it is hemmed in by foxgloves, hollyhocks and a rather desperate-looking cornus alba). I do think these plants and seed packets should come with a warning that once planted, it's yours for life.