I really enjoy weeding my landscape. Call me crazy, but I enjoy plugging my ears with my iPod, making things tidy and dumping five-gallon buckets of weeds in the trash. It's a real sense of accomplishment. I also enjoy seeing what's new in the garden...did my newly planted perennials survive? Do the shrubs need water? And seeing what's gone rogue.
Uh oh. Plants gone rogue. The potential to be invasive. Plants you want to avoid with a ten foot pole (mint, anyone?). But is "going rogue" a bad thing? In some cases, no....I actually enjoy plants that gently go rogue. Those that randomly pop up and say "Hello! Here I am! Aren't I cute?!" And those that are easily to pull out and remove.
An example of a plant that's gone rogue and is NOT easy to mitigate is Russian sage. Yet I have it in my landscape. CO-Hort blogger Eric discussed this topic a couple years ago (and offers great suggestions to alternatives). But as big of a pain as this plant is, it does have a place...and in my yard, it is a border between my landscape and our neighbor's gravel driveway. It adds some nice separation. It's also a honey bee magnet. But sadly, Russian sage doesn't care about property lines, so I'm constantly pulling it from their gravel. Ugh. Russian sage--a bad rogue plant.
|Russian sage growing in my neighbor's gravel pad. You can also see where I whacked it back to stay on our side of the property.|
Petunia! Maybe this is common for you, but I've never had a petunia reseed. This one took up residence in my flagstone path, which is a great spot. What I'm trying to remember is if the petunia hanging basket I had last year was white? This petunia is so cute!
|White petunia that found a home in the flagstone path.|
|Portulaca that reseeds every year in the flagstone. The only problem is it's hard to distinguish from purslane (they are in the same genus).|
|Lamb's ear roguing it in the veggie garden. So cute! And my garlic (on right) is nearly ready for harvest.|
|Maple was so excited to be in this photo with the Angelina sedum.|
|The original coneflowers.|
|This coneflower was not planted, but found a home by the lavender. I like it!|
|Why not let these grow? The mulch path is for the dogs, and they provide some obstacles to run around.|