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Trade in Your Troublesome Plants

If you love a plant but it doesn’t love you, grow the next best thing

Fine Gardening - Issue 157

If you’ve ever grown plants, odds are that you’ve tried a plant that you couldn’t (or shouldn’t) grow for some reason. Did your grandma grow lilacs on her farm in Connecticut? I bet you tried to grow them in your Atlanta backyard, even though you knew better. Perhaps it was peonies that gasped in the heat of your southern garden or hostas that fell prey to slugs in your western garden. As gardeners, we’re far more sentimental about plants than we’d like to admit. So naturally, we’re bound to try a plant we know won’t be happy (or make us happy) in our gardens—just in case we can magically make it work—only to be disappointed.

Fear not, sentimental gardeners! There are scores of sexier, more sustainable alternatives out there that not only do what your favorites do but also suit…

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