Thugs in the garden

Acanthus mollis, daylilies and Japanese anemones are the main culprits.

Acanthus (left) have large serrated  leaves and tall spikes of flowers but invade and take over if you let them

This week, with my friend Alex doing most of the work, we’ve been pulling out the Acanthus or Bear’s Breeches which have smothered other plants.

The day lilies have similar thuggish tendencies.

We still have work to do to uncover this ornamental grass which has struggled to survive the daylily onslaught

Both plants have overwhelmed some lovely airy stands of miscanthus sinensis zebrinus or zebra grass.

Another stand of some relatively well developed zebra grass – in the foreground on the left you can see the the shiny green leaves of some acanthus we’ve spared

I’m hoping the grass will recover to provide an extra dimension of colour, texture and height in the garden.

While we were doing this we also uncovered a tropical plant called a Ginger lily or hedychium densiflorum Assam Orange which should put up an exotic flower in late summer. It needs a lot of water and warmth to do well.

The ginger lily should put on loads of new growth now it’s got some space

Elsewhere we’ve removed a clump of hemerocallis or daylilies to allow these hostas to shine even more.

There are gaps left by my seek and destroy mission which I hope I can plug with some ready grown dahlias.

The area on the right will be filled with some colourful dahlias

Then in the autumn and winter I plan to revamp the borders completely and already have ideas which I am jotting down and discussing with Mum, Sarah, our lovely gardener, and Ros who’s been volunteering in the garden.

I’m going to continue to eradicate the day lilies and divide the dark red persecaria into three and dot it throughout this border.

I will also do the same with the hosta and some sedum and plant them at the front elsewhere.

The area in the photo below is all coming out and will become a wide grass path leading through the gap between the hornbeam hedge down some steps to the veg garden.

It’ll make life easier, improving access to the compost heaps and taps.













6 thoughts on “Thugs in the garden”

  1. Busy busy busy! I am (perversely) planting some Acanthus in my semi-shaded meadow area. I am leaving them to fight it out with the couch grass, horsetail, bramble and creeping thistle… now there are some real thugs! Keep at it Cath, it is really looking lovely.

    1. Thanks, Marc. We have left some acanthus but it was really crowded before. We’d neglected it for so long.

      I like acanthus but in the right place! Sounds like you have a good plan for them!

  2. Hi Cath
    Lovely photos and what a lot you and Alex achieved!
    It just struck me that we need to mark all those huge Alliums (at the front in the last photo) so that we can lift them in the autumn and find a new home for them…mustn’t forget!

  3. Love your blog as always. Were you ever in the SAS. This seek and destroy action seems like a military exercise. Looks good – obviously successful…xx. Stay cool x

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