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Your favourite "weeds"?

ManderMander Posts: 335
Since the weather's been nice the last few days I've been dealing with all the weeds that I ignored over the winter and I'm finding a few plants here and there that I'd actually like to keep even though they are normally thought of as weeds. The main ones so far are Veronica, ajuga, and various little ferns that I haven't identified that are sprouting out of the garden wall. There are also different mosses and sedums that pop up everywhere. 

I have mostly put them in their own pots for now but I might try to plant some on purpose especially in my problem shady area. Hopefully I won't regret it!


  • gjautosgjautos Posts: 395
    I allow wild carrot and ox eye daisy to grow in my garden. Both very pretty and fine as long as you keep an eye on them! I have teasel too but not sure if that counts as a weed?
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,209
    It certainly does here!
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,209
    Toadflax primula ,celandine, Valerian - all 3 colours, I elderberry  tree, comfrey, the odd unidentified umbilifer, violets, clover, daisies,a low growing thing that looks like thyme, feverfew  - single, double, light or dark leaves, fennel, that little creeper that grows out of anything. Then there's the self-seeders....
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • I like toadflax almost as much as the bees do. I bought linaria Canon went seeds because I only had the purple one. I have linaria vulgaris as well and it was covered in toadflax caterpillars last year.

    Weeds tend to be called wildflowers now.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,209
    edited March 2022
    Weeds are geum urbanum, hairy bittercress, willowherbs, hedge woundwort, Spanish bluebells and anything that I don't like.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • B3 said:
    Weeds are geum urbanum, hairy bittercress, willowherbs, hedge woundwort, Spanish bluebells and anything that I don't like.
    Spanish bluebells make superb, long-lasting cut flowers. Picking them before the flowers are open to prevent cross pollination with English bluebells and you'll have colour in the vase for more than a week. 
  • Jenny_AsterJenny_Aster Posts: 909
    Foxgloves, I'll always find a place for those.
    Trying to be the person my dog thinks I am! 

    Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border.
  • ManderMander Posts: 335
    @Jenny_Aster Foxgloves are a weed? I've always got tons of them, I pull up the small plants and move them where I want them. 
  • LunarSeaLunarSea Posts: 1,427
    Clay soil - Cheshire/Derbyshire border - where old gardeners wet their plants.
  • I have heard buddleia so described, and lawn daisies. Wouldn't be without either
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