Many gardeners have it in their gardens. They may speak often of it. They may speak emphatically of it. They are passionate regarding it.
I had it in my garden, many different kinds of it. But I’ve slowly gotten rid of it.
“It” is “Never”.
I will never have junipers in my garden.
I now have Juniperus chinensis ‘Etgozam’ Eternal Gold™ in my garden because I wanted something that would take full sun, be evergreen throughout the year and had a yellowish tint to it. Other evergreens fried in the full sun, but these junipers love it.
I will never have arborvitaes in my garden.
I now have Thuja occidentalis ‘Holmstrup’ waiting to be planted on a corner by the sunroom where I need a tall, narrow evergreen accent.
I will never have tall grasses in my garden.
I now have Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ forming a nice stand, blocking the view of the necessary utility boxes in my front yard.
Yep, I have removed “never” from my garden and replaced it with some beautiful plants, well-suited to their locations, and growing much better than “never” ever did.
I give credit to my garden designer and the hort-enabler for their bravery in making suggestions I would not normally consider, as we sat at my kitchen table and reviewed designs and plant lists. When they suggested something to plant instead of “never”, they would pause, look at me, and wait for me to realize that their suggestion was better than “never”.
Now, “never” doesn’t grow in my garden. I weed it out whenever I see it. I’m even contemplating buying some Cotinus coggygria ‘Golden Spirit’ even though I said I would never have a smokebush in my garden and emphatically told the garden designer so when she suggested a red-leaf variety.
Never grow “never” in your garden. You’ll be surprised at the beautiful and interesting plants that can be grown in its place.