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  • I like geraniums around the garden all summer; in pots or in hanging baskets but I will not have them in the house or greenhouse for the winter as I hate the smell. I am sure this is because the boarding Convent school I went to as a child had geraniums everywhere including the dormitories' windowsills all winter. The nuns were obsessed with saving them all !
  • It's very true that your tastes change and develop as you garden for longer - I used to hate mahonias but inherited one in my garden and now really appreciate its glossy foliage, berries and bright flowers in winter. I loathe alstroemerias though - they just look wrong in English light! As for poinsettias, don't get me started....
  • I hate creeping buttercup - more like galloping buttercup! And dandelions. Love honeysuckle and aquilegias and roses and fuscias and pinks - plants that grow happily and profusely in my garden
  • Hmm. I have to say I'm not that keen on Fuchsias. But then they never seem that keen on me! Pampas grass is a common nightmare round here. Everyone had it when it was fashionable but in the meantime the plants have outgrown our affections and the places they occupy. I know someone who enquired of the local 'yobs' if they could wait til she was out and then set fire to the one in her front garden!
    On the plus point, I do rather like Achemillas for their groundcovering qualities, weeds like MYOB don't stand a chance against an established clump. And they are so lovely when there's dew or rain on the leaves. If you don't like the flowers, you could always cut them off! And heucheras in all their shades are an especial favourite. Who needs flowers when you have such an amazing variation in leaf colours?
  • I find that 'hate' can soon turn to love! I used to 'hate' Hemerocalis (Day Lilies) with a passion, but now I love 'em! Working in a Garden Centre I had plenty of time to admire these beautiful plants up close and appreciate them for what they are - gems! Same goes for Dahlias, and as for Begonias - well, I am well and truly hooked! Keep an open mind, I say!!
  • Muscari is my absolute hate plant. A couple of plants arrived in my garden (birds?) 20 years ago. They spread like mad and I'm still trying to get rid of the huge amounts that come up every year.
  • Oh dear, plants stir up such strong emotions! Here goes- I dislike impatiens, begonias, pampas grass, chrysanthemums, crocosmia. I'm sure they have their place but not in my garden. But love dahlias as my gran had them in her small garden. Pansies, roses, heliotrope as they smell wonderful and who can resist the fragrance of lilac or hyacinths. I love foliage plants, too - heuchera being my favourite at the moment. I could go on...!
  • Fromentodendrom (is that how one spells it?) How can anything with such a beautiful flowere be so unkind. Prune and you have eyes full of tiny little sharp spores,skin begins to itch, totally dangerous.
  • Physalis - Chinese lantern, although they are very pretty to look at they spread everywhere through borders like wildfire & choke everything else in sight
  • I hate ivy, they just spread everywhere and are a nightmare
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