Favourite "Weed"

WateryWatery Posts: 388

I'm seeing lots of posts with people asking  "is it a weed or not?" and thinking it would be fun to find out which plants you like that others consider a weed.

My absolute favourites:

1. lesser celandine

2. Speedwell

3. Green alkanet

4. Herb Robert

I don't have any of no. 3, which may be why I don't mind it, and I'm happy to pull out the Herb Robert when it's in the wrong place but it quite usefully lines the edges of my garden when nothing else is there.  And great for finches.



  • LorrainePLorraineP Posts: 216

    Ahhhhh!!!!  . . . . to lesser celendine in my garden especially in the lawn.  Love it in the local wood but NOT in the garden.   Oh I can't even think of some of the 'weeds' I do like now - will have to go and calm down for a whilewhile.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 12,266

    I used to leave a patch of nettles but, to be honest, my garden is surrounded on 3 sides by arable fields or pasture and there are paddocks opposite, all with loads of nettles and creeping buttercup and dock and couch grass and thistles and dandelions and bindweed and bittercress and groundsel and herb Robert and ground ivy and mare's tail.  All of these feel free to spread their roots and seeds into my garden and grow with gay abandon if I let them.

    I now have a no tolerance policy and clear them when I'm doing the spring clean, the autumn clear and intervening weeding programme.  This doesn't mean I don't still have weeds as they seem to grow again the minute I turn my back. 

    The Vendée, France
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 46,949

    Off the top of my head and in no particular order:

    Cow parsley

    Red clover

    Herb Robert

    Lesser celandine

    Pink and white deadnettles

    Jack by the Hedge

    Cuckoo Pint

    Ladies Bedstraw




    Ground ivy

    Dog's mercury

    Common Restharrow

    Eggs and bacon

    Meadow buttercup

    Ox-eye daisy

    I could go on ........and on..........and on............ image



    If you stop taking chances, you'll stay where you sit. You won't live any longer, but it'll feel like it.” 
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 12,266

    Ramsons isn't a weed here yet.  I'm nurturing a patch of 3 whole plants and looking forward to eating some one of these springs.

    Forgot to mention sticky bud and volunteer brambles and willows.

    The Vendée, France
  • CharlieBotCharlieBot Posts: 208
    I like don't mind valerian, feverfew and welsh poppy, all of which arrived and behaved as weeds in my garden. Herb Robert gives me the creeps!
  • JoneskJonesk Posts: 205

    Purple toadflax image

    Beautiful, adds height, pollinator friendly and very easy to pull up if it seeds in an unwanted area.

    I have pots of the stuff growing on to be transplanted into my borders I like it that much! I'll be using it at the back of an annual display I'm creating that will contain purple toadflax, cornflower blue, larkspur and ornamental clary.

  • Red and White Clover. Makes a far nicer "lawn" than grass.

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,493

    I would have to look up most of those weeds Dove!

    Lady's Mantle comes to mind as a useful 'weed'

    Bind weed is actually quite attractive...but better not in a garden!

    Weeds that I have kept in my garden (as in self sown) are Purple Orchid (Orchis mascula), Holly, several Birch and Pine trees,  teasals, Foxglove and some others.

    I get rid of Couch grass, clover, creeping clover and buttercup, bittercress, chickweed and Horsetail and etc etc.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 46,949

    They're the 'flowers' of my childhood Blairs image  I grew up on a farm in a very rural village and was fortunate enough to go to the little village school (13 children in the whole school) and we had lessons in the meadow and went for naturewalks in the afternoons.  We saw slow worms, adders and orchids and learned to love and respect nature - absolute bliss image

    If you stop taking chances, you'll stay where you sit. You won't live any longer, but it'll feel like it.” 
  • Doogie72Doogie72 Posts: 62

    I'm a bit of a novice - and can't name most of the weeds I like.  One springs to mind which has brown/purple leaves like clover leaves - very small creaping plant that I think has yellow flowers.

    In my garden currently I'm dealing mainly with brambles and nettles - and honestly they're so much work any other weed is being tollerated by default as I have no time/energy to deal with them!

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