Posted: 23/10/2012 at 20:03
Just read all these comments and I'm astounded how many plants people hate! I can't think of a single one that I dislike that much, as most plants are great in the right place. Admittedly I don't enjoy having thorns in fingers but it would not stop me from buying roses, and although I have not got a Berberis, my neighbour has and I admire the colour when in full bloom. As a florist I look at plants differently, especially foliage plants. Even Aucuba and the dreaded conifer can look fantastic in the right arrangement. I'm sure people have learnt to dislike plants that are difficult to control, but it's sad to rule them out totally. Grow some in a pot where you can restrict their size.
And as a final word, just stop and take a really close look at one of those hated flowers. It's miraculous how perfectly the petals are formed into the flowers; each one a masterpiece!