I hope everyone has this issue. I hope it isn’t just me. I have a few plants that no matter what, I kill them. I buy them from reputable nurseries, and invariably they tell me “This one is so easy. Just stick it in the ground, it will grow.” Or something like that. Or maybe that’s just what I heard because that’s what I’m looking for, who knows?
Bamboo Muhly is a lovely grass, swaying in the breezes and filling blank spaces with loosely woven tendrils that can get 4 feet tall, I’ve heard. Supposedly, it’s quite hardy and easy to grow (ha!). Here’s what it looks like in other people’s yards:
Here’s what my Bamboo Muhly ALWAYS looks like:
You’d think, being that it’s a Sedge, Sparkler Sedge should be fairly easy to grow. It’s so pretty in the shade, and I believe it would be lovely mixed with ferns. (Though I’ve never managed to observe that phenomenon). Here’s a healthy specimen:
Here’s my 3rd try on this kind-of expensive and hard to find plant: (No, I’m not clenching my teeth with that statement, no).
And then there’s Shrimp Plant. You know that adage, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”? Well, what do you say when it’s the 3rd or 4th attempt at the same thing? A stupid rat? Insanity?
Here’s what a happy Shrimp Plant CAN look like, if someone else grows it:
Here’s what my Shrimp Plants invariably look like:
And I’m not going to mention my 3 year old Crossvines that do nothing, an Evergreen Wisteria vine that has never bloomed, and the number of Clematis and Potato Vines that have died on my watch.
However, having said that, sometimes I surprise myself with what does grow. Here’s my biggest of 4 Hostas, returning for the 3rd year.
Check it out – I do want to mention that the leaf beside it for comparison sake is an Aralia (Japanese Fatsia). Big ol’ leaves!
So ‘fess up. What plant can you not grow? Don’t leave me hanging thinking I’m the only one!