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BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
Have you ever, in a moment of weekness or possible madness, bought and planted a plant you dislike?

I ask this because I am looking at two bergenia that I planted last year and I loathe bergenia (just a personal thing, I know lots of people like them).
The idea was to have them around an azalea to fill in where its gappy this time of year. They were bronze red leaved but - I just hate them.

Which plants were mistakes for you? 


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,140
    Potatoes.  OH persuaded me, against my better judgement, to plant Charlotte and Bintje potatoes 2 years ago.  They didn't approve of the drought so one week I had teeny Charlottes and the next week, after we finally had some rain, I had huge floury things.  That bed is now for dahlias and I still keep finding odd potato tubers and plantlets.  As for the Bintjes - slug heaven.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,231
    Tall, floppy over lavender. It took a couple of years before I realised it was the plant and not me😕,
    Dublin Bay rose. Beautiful scented rise - totally wrong place.
    Phygelius. Some are thugs. I bought a thug.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Jason-3Jason-3 Posts: 383
    Geranium johnsons blue... Horrible swindly growth can't get rid of it
    Verbana rigada... The most invasive small plant I have. After 4 years I'm still digging it up
    Any type of French lavender. It just dies quickly. Even with a fully dug out tranch with amended soils
  • jamesholtjamesholt Posts: 487
  • WilderbeastWilderbeast Posts: 1,413
    Purple leaf Loosestrife a freebie I knew nothing about, spent a chunk of time yesterday digging a barrow load out 
  • Ante1Ante1 Posts: 2,737
    Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis). I planted one plant few years ago in the herb bed and now I have it everywhere. Extremely invasive and hard to pull out, and it grows in any kind of soil, even sand. One positive thing is, when you pull it out, it smells lovely.
  • PurpleRosePurpleRose Posts: 538
    I have not had any plant I personally planted but I have inherited Campanula (I think that is how you spell it) from the person who owned my home before me. It is everywhere. I think that I have a section clear of it and more comes through. It is everywhere. It seems to sprout from little nooks that I can't quite get into too.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,231
    I wish it would grow for me. I plant it and it just sits there and sulks.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    Echinops.  A handful of admittedly lovely blue spikey flowers, but on top of 5ft of unattractive ragged foliage which looks tattier and tattier, day by day.  The seeds come up everywhere.  A close 2nd was teasel;  Still finding seedlings of that 10 years after I last grew it.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,498
    Red Hot Pokers (Popsicle series)
    Looked great when in flower for a while and then just had all this foliage in a heap so dug it all up!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
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