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Another uninvited strange plant creeping across the back of a border. More weeds?



  • TheGreenManTheGreenMan Posts: 1,629
    Woodgreen said:
    It grows here under trees, some areas get very dry, others stay moist. I also have some growing at the foot of a barn wall where it is incredibly dry and sunny -- here it hasn't spread much but grows okay, against the written odds.
    Maybe it is the ivy's roots that prevent the finer roots of your woodruff from getting a hold?
    Perhaps try clearing a patch of ivy and giving the woodruff space to get established.

    I put some under my thuja plicata hedge and it’s spreading slowly. 

    I put two tiny bits in this bed last autumn…

  • joanna65joanna65 Posts: 50
    I can't make out any particular smell from it. Only that ' green' smell you get from foliage. 
  • didywdidyw Posts: 2,741
    I grew it under a hedge in my last garden and I could never smell it either.
  • WoodgreenWoodgreen Posts: 1,273
    In a previous garden I used to cut some after it had flowered and place it in an outbuilding, on the floor just under the swallows' nest. It is a 'strewing herb'. The droppings would then be gathered up with the woodruff when the young swallows had left, leaving a clean floor. 
    The scent from the drying woodruff was very noticeable in that situation, but also here in this garden, under the trees. I haven't noticed a scent from the patch growing at the foot of the barn wall though.
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,477
    I think there are certain smells that some people can't detect. I have a pretty good sense of smell but I can barely detect the smell of wallflowers whereas some philadelphus smell of sump oil to me.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • WoodgreenWoodgreen Posts: 1,273
    I agree. I could not stand the smell of choisya leaves especially with hot sunshine enhancing it. 
    Other people like it....
  • Having never thought about smelling the woodruff when yanking it out to stop it taking over, I rushed out into the garden and the leaves have a lovely fresh scent, reminiscent of freshly cut grass.  The flowers are sweet-smelling and vanillary.  Perhaps I should do this more though I would probably sneeze a lot. 
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