My recent post about Anne Raver loving to hate Impatiens got me wondering what plants I’d put in that category – not just hating but loving to hate. And what’s the difference? Does loving to hate mean you seek out examples, then Facebook them to share the hate? Help me out here.
I’m not sure there are any plants I hate in that way, though I definitely love to hate the way some plants are grown. Like Billy Goodnick, I love to hate certain pruning styles. Also, planting styles, like perfectly spaced rows or – worse – alternating one each of two kinds of plants.
And there are plenty of plants I hate that everyone else hates – common privet and euonymus, for example. But among plants that other people seem to like but I don’t, there are a couple and upon reflection, they have something in common – a certain fussiness.
How else to explain that I hate the full-size hyacinth but love the smaller, less in-your-face grape hyacinth?
Similarly, to my eyes bearded irises are way too fussy. (Apologies to the much-missed Henry Mitchell, whose passion for bearded iris caused him to schedule vacations for the duration of their blooms, so as not to miss a moment of their fabulousness.) But I love the simpler Siberian and flag irises.
Dish the Plant-Bashing Begin
I asked a professional gardener friend what plant she loves to hate and her answer was a shock – Japanese maple, specifically the red weeping kind. Apparently it’s a “design cliche.”
So, ya never know. What’s yours?