What to do now - Jobs in the Garden by Season

Five ways to lessen your workload in the garden

By
Patrick Lima
Photography by
John Scanlan

Ease up on the effort and lighten the load with these words of wisdom


Troublemakers
Be they ever so lovely, some plants, either seeders or creepers, are nothing but extra work in the wrong spot. Be careful where you plant the following—if at all.

Creepers
  • Various campanulas, such as Campanula glomerata, C. punctata and C. rapunculoides
  • Chinese lantern (Nymania capensis)
  • Comfrey
  • Crown vetch (Coronilla varia)
  • Old orange daylily
  • Deadnettle
  • Goutweed
  • Some ornamental grasses, such as river oats, fountain grass, ribbon grass
  • Houttuynia cordata ‘Chameleon’
  • Japanese anemones
  • Lemon balm
  • Lily-of-the-valley
  • Mints
  • Periwinkle
  • Tansy
  • Western mugwort cultivars (Artemisia ludoviciana)
  • Yarrow

Seeders
  • Some alliums, such as Allium moly and garlic chives (A. tuberosum)
  • Anise hyssop
  • Borage
  • Bronze fennel
  • Forget-me-nots
  • Hollyhocks
  • Lady’s mantle (manageable)
  • Annual poppies (manageable if you are willing to thin thousands to a few)
  • Plume poppy (Macleaya cordata)
  • Spiderwort (Tradescantia x andersoniana cvs.)
  • Sweet cicely
  • Sweet violets (hard to root out)
  • Valerian

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