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If you could grow ANY plants in your garden, which two would you plant?

Sorry if this subject has been raised before. The question is "if you could grow any plants in your garden regardless of position, soil or finances, which two would you plant and why?

To start off I would like to grow a lilac tree.  We had one here when I was a child but when I moved back the old lilac tree that we had climbed as children was on it's knees and I had since developed a serious allergy to strong smelling plants (it was right outside our window).  It was a beautiful tree and we often picked sprigs of the flowers - the whole house had a delicious smell from them.
The other plants I would like to grow would be stock - again a lovely strong smelling plant which caused me to sneeze non-stop.  No more stock in our garden now and plenty of other plants that give me allergy attacks - but I have had to restrict to two, so lilac and stock would be my top choices - I think.


  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    I love fresh fruit, so my first thought was, mangoes, peaches, lychees, but if they were commonplace, I might not enjoy them so much as when they're an occasional treat.  If my garden were big enough, I'd like to have an Indian bean tree, such beautiful flowers, and a Liriodendron tulipifera, because I'm fascinated by the leaves which look as though someone's cut the ends off.  But again, if I could look at them any time, I might enjoy them less.  So I think I'll continue to satisfy myself with the huge range of plants I can grow. 
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,024
    There was a recent thread on here about which one plant would you grow. 

    I couldn't decide between roses and clematis and ended up plumping for clematis.  Now I can have both.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Guernsey Donkey2Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 6,713
    edited September 2019
    Apologies - but thanks for putting me straight @Obelixx - I don't know how I missed that one - but still I did enjoy a bit of nostalgia over the lilac tree memories. I think you are right @josusa47 plants that are common place are often overlooked but wouldn't it be nice to be able to grow lychee, mangoes etc in our gardens. Think of all those air miles we would save on importing.
  • A banyan tree - although it would get super huge. You see them all the time in Pakistan and there is something majestic and timeless about them.
    This is before I knew they are considered to be holy. They just evoke that feeling in you. 
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,537
    Can't think of just 2 plants but I would love to grow cacti and succulents outside year round.
    Such a pain having to bring them in for the winter as I have no greenhouse  :/
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,878
    edited September 2019
    I'm with @josusa47, I'd have a mango tree too.
    Can I have a frangipani too?
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,024
    Love mangoes too and avocadoes so, assuming I could grow them, they'd be my choice of trees but I reckon I'll stick with my roses and clematis.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    Giant redwood.

    And baobab!
  • A majestic oak, and then either ground ivy (glechoma hederacea) or common ivy. If the latter could scramble up walls it would be a fantastic habitat for all sorts of wild life. I would not let it scramble up the oak.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 12,440
    I'd settle for roses and clematis.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
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