Ivy (Highly invasive, chokes out native flora and fauna)
We have several native willows: Hooker's Willow (Salix hookeriana) and Scouler's Willow (S. scouleriana) are probably the most common. We also have some shrubby willows S. exigua and S. fluviatilis, and some ground-cover type shrublets, S. arctica, S. nivalis, and S. cascadensis. The Buddleias (I believe) seed more prolifically and grow faster than the willows.Jess wrote:It does keep its berries well into winter and that is when the birds go for it especially pheasants. It is one of those plants that just suddenly seemed to be everywhere. It is not particularly showy but it is cheap, being easy to propogate from because of its suckering habit. Now every garden seems to have one, or more! It is turning up more and more in the hedgerows here and as usual little is done about it.
Buddleia davidii is on DEFRAS (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) invasive list at last. Took them long enough. It will grow in between paving cracks if given the chance. I do have one. but I deadhead it religiously so it cannot seed. It is a beautiful white form, not that that makes it any better, I know.
It is hard to believe it can out compete willows. Some of those are complete thugs. Which are your native willows? Which butterflies (caterpillars) use it as a food plant?
Just so you know I spent 3 hours pulling Aegopodium podagraria today. It was introduced as a food plant by the Romans apparently. The ground was just perfect. It rained all day yesterday and the sun came out today so warm and moist. Got a few roots several feet long. Very satisfying.
NJ Tea,NewjerseyTea wrote:James, most asters are wonderful plants in NJ and many are native. What kind did you purchase?
I don't want to answer for Jess but it might have something to do with the fact Jess is in England I believe.
Oops not been keeping up with this thread...sorry.James282 wrote:I just bought a few aster plants and have now read that Jess would "never have them in her garden!" I was just wondering what the main problems are with them. They seem to be so pretty and I hope that they can have a place on my property somewhere!
I have to admit that sounds really pretty. Perhaps I could start a new gardening trend in UK. Would still mean that I would have to dig out the roots and split them though so maybe not.NewjerseyTea wrote: Jess, I place them among tall native grasses (switch, little blue stem, and indian grass) and other native plants like penstemon and black eyed susans so they are supported and the lower leaves aren't seen. I cut them back by half once or twice before July 15th.