Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

Episode 116: Plants We Should Like, but Don’t

They’re tough, they’re hardy, they thrive in almost any location. So why don’t we love them? Give this episode a listen to hear about why—despite the many good attributes of these plants—we just can’t bring ourselves to draw a heart around them. It’s easy to ask gardeners what plants they hate—we all have long lists of inferior perennials, trees, and shrubs that are weak or have unruly habits that make them deserving of our ire. But what about those plants that haven’t done anything to get themselves on our “Do not buy” lists? Turns out that Carol and Danielle aren’t the only ones with those complicated feelings. Today’s expert has similar thoughts. 

Expert testimony: Andy Pulte is a faculty member of the plant sciences department at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Danielle’s Plants

'Peachie's Pick' Stokes’ aster
‘Peachie’s Pick’ Stokes’ aster

‘Peachie’s Pick’ Stokes’ aster (Stokesia laevis ‘Peachie’s Pick’, Zones 5–9)

‘Persian Ruby’ daylily (credit Walters Gardens Inc.)
‘Persian Ruby’ daylily. Photo: Walters Gardens Inc.

‘Persian Ruby’ daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Persian Ruby’, Zones 3–9)

Veronica
Veronica

Veronica (Veronica spicata and cvs., Zones 3–8)

Blue rug juniper
Blue rug juniper

Blue rug juniper (Juniperus horizontalis ‘Wiltonii’, Zones 3–9)

 

Carol’s Plants

‘Aurea’ catalpa (credit Wouter Hagens, via Wikimedia Commons)
‘Aurea’ catalpa. Photo: Wouter Hagens, via Wikimedia Commons

‘Aurea’ catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides, Zones 5–9)

Hosta
Hosta eaten by deer 

Hostas (Hosta spp. and cvs.,  Zones 3–8)

Rattlesnake master, flopping across Carol’s front walk
Rattlesnake master, flopping across Carol’s front walk

Rattlesnake master, interplanted with annuals
Rattlesnake master, interplanted with annuals

Rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium, Zones 3–9)

Wild bergamot
Wild bergamot

Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa, Zones 3–8)

 

Expert’s Plants

‘Stella d'Oro’ daylily
‘Stella d’Oro’ daylily

Daylily (Hemerocallis spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9)

‘Becky’ shasta daisy
‘Becky’ shasta daisy

Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus and cvs., Zones 5–8)

‘Becky’ shasta daisy
‘Becky’ shasta daisy

Shasta daisy (and cvs., Zones 5–8)

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