Not just some things but all things. But this thing I did command them: Listen to and obey My voice, and I will be your God and you will be My people; and walk in the whole way that I command you, that it may be well with you Jeremiah I just love it when God is in control. I don't have to have a care or worry when He is in control. Sometimes I find in my life I just have to clear the clutter out of my brain, turn the TV off and have quiet alone time with God.
That is when you are going to hear him. If you are lucky enough to live near a beach go take a walk and let Him clear your head so you can hear what He has in store for you. When you do hear Him and start to obey what He wants you to do, everything seems to just fall into place.
I can remember one of my favorite little lines I heard came from Oral Roberts wife. She said " Somethings are caught, somethings are taught, you need to get under the spout where the glory comes out!
I want to be under that spout when the glory comes out and so I will stand in faith on God's word and make sure my head isn't going to block the spout, listen for God's voice and then just be covered in His glory! Tonight I am going to make mushroom chicken for dinner. I buy my chicken at Whole Foods because their chicken is organic and hasn't been filled with antibiotics or other garbage just to make the chicken fatter. I will make enough for eight people because I think my son will be over tonight when he finds out whats for dinner. I buy sixteen pieces of chicken both thighs and breasts.
I brown them quickly in just a little olive oil. Then I place them in a large casserole dish. Then in the same skillet I add 1 sliced onion, I slice in rings and cut the rings in half , 2 cloves of garlic chopped and saute until they are translucent. Then I add about a pound of sliced mushrooms and saute them until they cook down a bit.
Then I add kosher salt, and pepper to taste. After that I add about one half of a bottle of white wine. I think Chardonnay tastes very good with this. You want to pick a wine that is good for drinking to use in your cooking. The wine will help me to get all the bits off of the pan to add more flavor to the sauce. Then I add 1 small can of fat free low salt mushroom soup and 1 can fat free low sodium cream of chicken soup and one cup of good chicken stock.
Then I stir it until it is creamy and has a gravy like consistency. Pour all of this goodness over the chicken, cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes at degrees.
Make a pot of rice to go with this. I usually use a hapa rice. Hapa rice is half brown and half white rice. I think tonight I will make corn on the cob to go with this. I found some fresh corn on sale so I think it is going to go great with this. Clean the corn and cut the cobs in half. Place them in a large pot and just cover them with water. Then add 1 cup of fat free half and half. It makes the corn so sweet you won't believe it! That is all it takes and voila you have a beautiful dinner with very little effort.
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And no one has brought up planting bamboo without rubber containment yet. Prior owners put it in and it was 50 feet across the abutting s hool yard when I moved in. Plus constant mowing to drain the energy from the rhizomes. Zone 7b. Should be a law that people need planters ed before putting that in. I'm suggesting you add gooseneck to this list. They are beautiful but a small planting this summer soon becomes the next and then you've blinked and that 3rd year they are ALL over the place.
Under my deck, in my driveway and completely taken over the 3x8 flower bed. On a good note they will certainly choke out all other plants in its path!! I think I'll have to do another post. There are some excellent suggestions in the comments! As stated, up to 80' up the trees, huge roots, difficult if not impossible to get rid of. We've tried!
I have tri-colored Japanese fern which has spread only a foot over the last 10 yrs. Enjoyed your post! I'm in Conn. I love the Japanese Painted Fern best. It is low growing, keeps in it's place well, and if it grows a baby someone always wants it for their own yard. I agree! Never plant Gooseneck! That is all you will have in next to no time. My nightmare is Morning Glories, they choke my other plants. I've been pulling them up for 5 years. Still coming. We too are still fighting them 5 years later. Although the Lilies give me exercise by digging up their underground bulbs.
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I moved to Georgia from Florida and planted morning glories. My father told me I was crazy, but I said the cold weather will kill them. I am also fighting the little monsters who show up no where near where I originally planted them. I love daylilies. Once they are established they produce so many blooms on one plant that they bloom for weeks. Just deadhead them daily to keep them looking really neat.
I prefer the shorter varieties to the huge taller ones. I should have mentioned that it seems to only be the orange day lilies that are really aggressive. The other varieties don't seem to take over. I'm in zone 6 Michigan and wondered why I have so many beautiful orange day lilies opening up! Didn't know they spread. It's weird, because it seems like any other kind of day lily doesn't seem to have a spreading problem.
In Wisconsin, the orange are called ditch lillies because they are usually found growing wild along road sides. I think people put them there so they don't have to mow the road side and they choke out anything else that may grow too tall by the highway. I bought my current house a couple years ago and and left behind a lot of the problem plants when I moved. Love lily of the valley and the spiderwort, but they were taking over. Left behind the obedient plant and gooseneck, because I could control them in the clay of my old garden, bud knew they would cause trouble in the sandy loam of the new place.
I continue to have daisies, but rip out any that encroach on areas where they don't belong.
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Oregano is related to mint and has the same invasive habit, so if you like growing your own, containers are the best way to control it. Love the article. Plant what you love, but remember the plant's habits and you will go far and be less frustrated. Thank you for your kind and informative comment. What area of Wisconsin are you in? I've never noticed that when I've visited, but I think the ditch lilies are a great idea. They're called ditch lilies here in PA too. They look pretty, fill in an otherwise ugly sight and can handle the drainage from heavy rains.
But keep them in the ditch! They spread like crazy unless contained and need to be divided on a regular basis. If you have a large yard and need something that is low maintenance and fast growing in the sunshine, this may be the plant for you. Disappointing you'd say to straight up avoid them. What if you have a hundred plants and more are added each year?
Cutting off the spent flowers would take hours. Eliminating most of the plants still provides for a good number the next year or so. Also, if you have anything growing in driveway cracks or such, pour over them a very warm mixture of 10 parts water to 1 part bleach.
This should only be used where it is not an issue to contaminate the soil. Creeping thyme I let it grow in the spaces between patio blocks but it's now everywhere and taking over the gravel paths between my raised garden beds. I live in zone and I warn people about Mexican evening primrose.
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I bought my mom 2 one gallon plants and they spread by seed, root you name it. It showed up in lawn. Pretty pink flowers very fragile looking. Thin roots that easily break and will regrow plant if not pulled up completely. I tell people isn't it pretty? NEVER buy it. I bought a house where mint was planted in the ground. I even prefer the mint.
Oh wow, you know things are bad when you'd rather have mint! I can relate. Evening Primrose can show up hundreds of feet away from its mama, and needs very little water to survive. At my home in zone 9, they die back on and off during the year. Evening Primrose.
Such a pretty name for a pretty flower. Within 2 months I had to dig out a whole section of garden and again the next year plus pulling up strays for a couple more years. From 1 plant. This was in full sun in Virginia. Bishop's weed is the bane of my existence! One little root planted take over an entire yard the next year. I wish I had your "problem". I have planted many of your list and not had the same experiences. Are you living in the Garden of Eden that so many of your plants become invasive? Even mint is easy to contol if planted in a submered plastic bucket.
Kind of, I live in Saskatchewan, the world's bread basket, or so we're told, lol. I found that in my gardening group too, that most people found the plants on the list invasive, but some had no problems with them. You're right about the basket. When I do a second post on the subject, I'll have to include that trick in there.
Morning Glory is another bad one I never regretted planting any of these plants. There are ways to keep them more contained in your garden and yes you have to make some effort pulling seedings but it's called "gardening" for a reason and it's healthier than taking antidepressants.
I think people should grow whatever appeals to them and keep in mind that some of these plants will grow when all others will not. That's why fine gardens are filled with them. If you love something, even if it's on the list, you should still plant and enjoy. If you love gardening, you can rejoice in the beautiful flowers all these plants provide you with. I weed it out many places and just let it grow in a few. But it creates such a dense cover in the spring when the other weeds sprout that it kills them out.
I wait until they are done flowering but before they go to seed and pull them out. And they are lovely and smell great! That is true! I'd much rather pick out bell flower than a thistle. I agree with some, but not all. I love my Lily of the Valley, and Bee Balm too. My daisy patch is beautiful this year. Just have a separate space for these. Spreads like fire and stinks too!! I have spent 3 years trying to get it out of my hosta bed. Wish someone had warned me. It has beautiful foliage, pink and white with green stripes.
Brightens up a shady spot, but DONT do it!! The little nursery pot looks harmless, but it is super super invasive. Even coming up in a rock walk way. Another NO is bamboo!! Chameleon plant -hoyttunia - gets my vote too!! Should be illegal to sell this pretty little stinker. Sweet Autumn clematis with the tiny flowers , wisteria, and morning glories were my other big mistakes.
The buried container for planting mint didn't work for me. The mint "walked" over the lip to the surrounding ground. I heard for bamboo using a buried container. I met someone who kept having to dig up new shoots that multiplied quickly. I keep the mint contained in its planter by using the hot salted water from cooking pasta or the hot vinegar when I clean the coffeemaker. I pour it over the bits that try to escape the edging. After I pull up as much as I can. Hi, I loved your article. I recently moved into a home with a large slightly sloped front yard that I don't want to mow.
I want to put in groundcover. I'm new to gardening. Thank you!!!! Probably gout weed, lily of the valley, and bellflowers are your best bet. As long as you're okay with them taking over, you'll fill up your yard quickly. I'd thought of putting in some sunflowers, but was told nothing else planted there would ever grow. Everyone in my cul-de-sac has lovely displays, but they're almost all the same plants.
I'd like something different but haven't a clue what to try. I'm on a very limited budget, too. I'd welcome some input! If nothing grows there, I would actually suggest trying some of these invasive plants. You should also start adding some compost to those patches of soil once you've weeded them. It might take some trial and error, but I'm sure one of these aggressive plants should grow in your space. We are in zone 8 in California and our worst nightmares are Rose of Sharon We have had hundreds of seedlings growing We have beautiful soil so most things grow without any trouble and thrive.
Actually this is great to know -- I need plants that will spread, particularly to provide forage for bees! LOVE clover for "lawn", it looks fabulous when cut, and tends to stay low if cut somewhat regularly.
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I live on rural acreage, and need something besides weeds and grass in the fields!! I'm really surprised violets didn't make the list. They are beautiful but creep into the lawn in no time at all You're right, they are really bad for that. I'll have to do a follow up post. With all the suggestions in the comments I'll have at least 28 more! I will take violets over bluegrass anytime. Can you imagine how much money and time is wasted mowing bluegrass I live in Michigan.
I moved from my home 9 years ago onto a townhouse. I immediately asked management if I could plant a garden as I was use to having a pretty garden at my hone. They said yes and I was off and running. Over ny 9 years Ive tried many different varieties of plants. Some succeeded, some didn't. What is in my garden now that seems to be doing very well is the hostas and day lillies the orange ones. I have mint in containers only. Learned to that when still in my home. Also have Peonies in containers.
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I have Corabells and violas violas in containers I also have Autumn glory in a containers. I also have one rosebush that seems to be doing rather well. In addition to this I have tomato pants, herbs, lettuce and greens all growing in their own pots and arranged very nicely on my patio. I also have flowers in my front yard and this year I planted a live basket of flowers on my front and back door I Love gardening. It's good therapy for me. Even my next door neighbor has pretty flowers and helps me to take care of mine too. I say it takes trial and error and patience to find what you like and just as important True gardeners don't give up!!
Loved your post and I learned a lot!! Thank you. Thank you for your kind words! I wish I could see your garden, it sounds amazing! I didn't know that you can grow peonies in containers. I have noticed that nurseries and even the Big Box Store sell things on the state restricted plant list! That is horrible! Much of WA. It is not edible by farm animals so can ruin a pasture in just a couple of years.
Please do not plant Scotch Broom! Also sold at nurseries without a warning sticker; Ribbon Grass. But it is a thug and crowds out everything and is nearly impossible to dig out. Plant only in containers! Oh no, that sounds awful! There really should be tighter regulations. It won't die the roots are so hard to pull up. Put pure concentrated Roundup, heavy plastic then mulch and it still came through all of it and spreads to actual grass.
I would rather have daisies, dandelions, mint and clovers. I've grown a few of these and enjoyed them. I also had arctic iris. They would come up and bloom just as the bleeding hearts would cascade over them. It was pretty for a couple weeks. Then the delphiniums would start their show etc.
Perinatal beds are great when you get them timed right. I grew hollyhocks and enjoyed them in the spring. I've had one plant that just wouldn't quit. I dug them out. Had them dug out but there was always one sweat potato left to take off and cover the whole bed. I finally plugged up the emitters on the irrigation for that bed. The sweat potatoes are pretty but are too thick a ground cover for here. I prefer things here that grow up and keep the ground clear. I like vining plants like star jasmine, pink jasmine, banks rose and tangerine beauty.
I live in Knightdale, NC, and I have one of these 'regretable' plantings. I just don't know what it's called. I inherited it when I rented my home. Little pink flowers on a long stalk, with 'silver' fuzzy leaves. I'm finding them everywhere! I also have the yarrow, but it's not over taking it's spot.
It sounds like you have Lambs ears. It can become invasive. My personal list of 'promiscious' plants: Aquilegia colombine Feverfew Crocosmia Virginia creeper is pretty easy to control with a secateurs. It is very 'curious' though and likes to explore. So it will get in under fascia and soffits, travel into lofts looking for light and then send shoots back out again under the apex of roofs. I'm reading this and smiling. What a difference zones make. I'm in zone 8a, and our yearly temperatures can range between 14 and degrees Fahrenheit.
That's not a typo- if our winter doesn't kill it, summer will. When it rains, it floods. Mostly it doesn't rain, and things catch fire. My soil is " of alkaline clay over solid limestone. Gardening here is a constant search for "what plant refuses to die" and it's mostly an exercise in futility. I think I've killed about half of the things on this list- by accident.
There's a handful you mentioned that are toughing it out with shade and irrigation , so I'm going to go shopping for a few on here I haven't tried. I'd add anything in the amaranth family, and prickly pear cactus. Unless you can eat them faster than they can propagate. Thanks so much for the insight! When I originally wrote this I never dreamed it would make it past my small circle of readers in zone 3a.
Your growing conditions sound really tough! I'm in zone 8a as well, specifically NE Texas, and you're definitely right about it being an exercise in futility! I've lost track of how many plants I've accidentally scorched cause the tag says full sun, but the poor plant can't handle it here. On the flip side, some of the hydrangeas I planted on the north side of the house didn't survive the cold snap we had back in January.
I even struggle getting native plants to survive here! I have had trouble with Morning glory and a trumpet vine, i had no idea these plants would come up everywhere. I moved away from the Trumpet vine but still have trouble with Morning Glory,this plant was at my new place so the fight goes on. I disagree with many of the plants listed here.
Groundcovers are supposed to cover the ground, if they get out of your beds mow them. I moved into a home that had a lot of these perennials and they have matured into easy to maintain old garden beds that may require weeding once or twice a season. Used underneath flowering shrubs or specimen plants, they can be quite lovely and reduce the need for weeding and mulching.
In the right application they can be lovely such as naturalizing an area that you may not have time to maintain and don't want to mow Many of them used in conjunction with each other provide nice textural contrasts as well as beautiful flowers and can keep each other in bounds. Perhaps this is just my ground though. I have not found many of these difficult to control and love that they compete well with each other and provide a nice textural structure without a lot of messing around, allowing me to focus efforts on establishing the specimens such as a garnet laceleaf japanese maple which by the way the lillies of the valley work wonderfully underneath.
You're right. If you love it you should plant it, and these plants have their place. When I wrote this post I had the inexperienced gardener who wouldn't be as likely to keep up with their weeding and garden maintenance in mind. And an overgrown yard teeming with bell flower, ferns, and lily of the valley that I'm still trying to get under control, lol. Lucky for you that you can mow them. Many of us in the desert portions of the US have dirt with a huge percentage of rock from pebble size to basketball size.
You can't rake them as it just unearths more. Pick them up? You're kidding me! Mowers and rocks do not mix well, and trying to mow a rocky area is dangerous. This goes to show that what one person considers to be an obvious solution is impossible for others to implement. Hello Kristen and global friends: Thank you for sharing these information with us and I totally agree with you since these certain "Perennials" can take so much space in your garden. However, in my case, I welcome them especially the Sunflowers.
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Last year, the birds, the butterflies and other living creatures, like us, do enjoyed them especially on Summer and Fall. This Spring and Summer, I transplanted these variety of "Perennials" in paper Solo brand soup cups and gave them away to our Scarborough community residents, as well as in our churches. These "Perennials" found new homes and we will be celebrating our Canada Day th Birthday! We also managed to raise funds for food banks and shelters.
So, if we can't overcome them, then let us welcome them help us fund the needy community members. God bless you all! The rest is fireweed that she cuts a maze into for my toddler to pay in. It's a bee's paradise and I love the wildness of it. Aggressive plants are great for a laissez-faire gardener ;. I planted most of those invasive plants and then some Lamb's Ears, Hops vine , also invasive, and other plants that were given to me over the years.
While I loved many of those plants, after a while they took over and I eventually got rid of most of them. I still have Lamb's Ears and Yarrow. I have quite a big garden and that is my problem. It got difficult to manage. But if you love any of those plants, you have to keep them under control by either growing them on their own in a separate spot or digging out shoots to keep them from spreading too much or as some of you mentioned, growing them in pots.
They are fighting with wheatgrass and winning in Quebec. Roots trace down to 2 feet and spread away, far far away. Despererate about it when looking at my veggies garden. This has been an interesting and fun post and comments. I would like to add Vinca to your list. I know I should be more aggressive about keeping it inbounds, but it is under and around so much that it became daunting.
Thank you to you and all your contributors. I happen to be one of those who like invaders. They require tending, but I like the romantic English-style garden in my back. Neighbors like to receive the ones that even I find out of bounds. You forgot morning glories. I get all my exercise trying to keep them contained!!!!! I will definitely add those to the follow up post when it happens. Thanks for the suggestion! Mom told me not to take some from her garden because they spread everywhere.
I loved the sweet flower and thought the more the better! I'm in 5b, so some of these are well behaved enough. Every very year i am cursing the day i planted Virginia Creeper. I started yanking it out about 5 years ago, and all through growing season I'm on the lookout for seedlings to pull. However, I also have the variegated variety which is very well behaved and not invasive at all, nor does it reach as far, and it's gorgeous.
My 2 worst idea has to be planting Mother of Thyme. It's a mother all right. Just not the kind I want. There are probably others, but those two top my most hated list. Love this site! Found it on Pinterest. One of your hated flowers, the daisy, is one of my favorites, but I haven't found it to be very invasive. Bought some Becky Daisies from an online nursery which bloom all summer long for me, and wanted more of them.
Tried saving its seeds and planting, but they wouldn't come up. The Torenia is another that can be -- quite literally -- off the wall. At one time had them all over my yard. As far as the short-bloomed flowers, they are so beautiful even if they are temporary, that may make them worthwhile! But then aren't we all "temporary" and short-lived?
I think it depends on what variety. The very basic white and yellow ones are the "problem" and in some people's growing conditions they aren't a problem at all. My Daylilies are stuck against a cement wall - and are being dumb enough not to try growing out! Greatly appreciate your list! I believe much depends on location.
I'd love to have rhubarb but no success in east Texas. Tennessee as well. Great info to have and consider specified regions or zones. Yes, I really should have specified zones. I will make sure to do that when I write a follow up article. I never dreamed this post would go viral!! I guess it just depends on where you live! I live in the Texas Panhandle and try so very hard to grow some of those flowers and despite "babying" them they do not grow well here. I envy those of you complain so much. High, dry and windy weather plus cold in the winter does not allow me to have the excess of envading plants.
Enjoy what you have. Wow, those sound like really difficult growing conditions. Do you have a local gardening group? In real life or on Facebook. I know mine has been a huge help in figuring out what works well in this area and what doesn't. I live in the high desert on the west side of Colorado. The "promiscuous plants" here are rabbit bush, artemesia, bindweed, puncture vine and salsify. They all grow in gravel areas that have no irrigation.
Oh, my aching back! There is no getting rid of it so I embrace the over growth because I have no choice.