|Plumbago sucker among violets|
Wisteria sinesis, Acanthus mollis and Plumbago auricula are a different story. They just do what they want, in spite of my efforts to get rid of them, or at least control their spread. After decades of struggle, it feels like war without end. I used to think I'd won the war, only to realize I'd won a minor battle not the war. Now I'm tired of fighting and wondering if I can work out some kind of truce.
Any gardeners reading this - if you haven't yet planted these 3 plants, learn from my suffering, and DON'T plant them. There are plenty of others that will fill the space without causing you future angst.
Wisteria sinensis. It took root, and there was a time it even produced lovely scented flowers for me. But then it grew so vigorously I was scared it would lift the roof tiles. So I cut it right back. I couldn't dig up the root ball, so got someone to put poison on it. I felt terrible about this, but war is not always pretty. It grew back in an ugly accusatory brown colour. Now I just keep it short. For a while it suckered, but thank goodness I haven't had to dig any of these up for some time.
Acanthus mollis and Plumbago auriculata are worse. They sucker. At this point I'd like to be poetic and make up a rhyme but I'd better not. Suckers come up all over the place, attached to tuberous underground roots that are impossible to dig up. The job of the Plumbago is to cover the fence. When it over-reaches itself, I remove as much of it as I can. So basically I try to contain it to the fence.
The Acanthus suckers too, and insists on coming back even though I try to get rid of it. I like the statuesque leaves, so sometimes I leave it when it's near the fence. I never was good at setting limits.
Now there's a new enemy. Something has emerged from the soil in the front garden and I'm not sure what it is. It looks green, vigorous and determined. It's not something currently growing in the garden. In the vicinity I recently grew a Romneya coulteri, but decided it was wrong and removed it. Well, I thought I removed it ... The leaves popping out of the ground are suspiciously like Romneya leaves. It looks like the start of another war. And I'll need to drastically revise my design plans for the front garden.