Most hated plants

by Kate Bradbury

We all have our plant prejudices. I conducted a poll in the office today to discover the 'most hated plant' of the Gardeners' World magazine and web teams.

Begonia flowerIt's that time of year again when sitting on the sofa with a cup of tea and a seed catalogue is much more inviting than going outside and cleaning the greenhouse, raking up leaves or - as I found last Sunday - removing diseased, mummified plums from my mum's plum tree.

When browsing through seed catalogues recently I came across some pretty horrible plants. Take daffodils, for example. You can't beat the elation of seeing your first daffodil of the year in flower. But I don't think I'd like 'Replete', 'Mon Cherie' or 'Pink Charm' flowering anywhere near my garden. I've never been a fan of anything pink and frilly.

We all have our plant prejudices. I conducted a poll in the office today to discover the ‘most hated plant’ of the Gardeners’ World magazine and web teams. Kevin lamented: "flowers that are labelled as 'salmon' in colour are always hideous". I couldn't agree more. Google Geranium 'Salmon Princess' for a treat.

Abigail doesn't like pieris; Vic hates spider plants, although she concedes the way they make baby plants is quite clever (and she learned a new word: viviparous); Daniel hates ceanothus; Lucy can't stand the flamingo tree (Salix integra 'Hakuro Nishiki'); David thinks forsythia is "grim"; Emma from Marketing dislikes the smell of hyacinths; Adam is firmly sat on the fence and only dislikes "weeds", while Anne hates coleus, particularly in bedding displays. Are any bedding displays really nice, though? Do people actually like begonias, marigolds and impatiens or is it only municipal group plantings of them that get people worked up?

It's not just members of our team that have such strong views about plants. The inaugural Gardeners' World Awards revealed that we're a nation divided when it comes to the rose, placing it top of the poll of most loved and most hated plant. Other hated plants included marigold, leylandii, begonia, pampas grass, periwinkle and dahlia. And I'm sure by now we all know what James Alexander-Sinclair thinks of forsythia

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Gardeners' World Web User 19/11/2009 at 16:40

I've got one word for you - CONIFER. Yuk!

Gardeners' World Web User 19/11/2009 at 17:01

Nooo - not dahlias! Actually, I must confess that I'm not that keen when grown in the garden, but I love them as a cut flower, especially the spikier ones. Look, pretty!

Gardeners' World Web User 19/11/2009 at 18:05

There must be something wrong with me. I love all the plants the others hate! Who couldn't adore the stunning sight of ceanothus in full flower, the fragrance of hyacinths, or the striking exotic appeal of coleus. Even forsythia has its place .... although not in my garden!

Gardeners' World Web User 19/11/2009 at 18:36

I hate any flowers planted in regimental straight lines with lots of beautifully weeded soil, but particularly African Marigolds!!But then I'm a messy sort of person.

Gardeners' World Web User 19/11/2009 at 18:38

I'm sorry for all those rose can anyone HATE a rose? They are my favourites!

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