non-rated invasive companion plants
Everyone, I thought I'd share my whopper gardening mistakes. Just because no one mentions invasive, doesn't mean a plant may not be invasive.
My whopper mistake is gladiolus in a rose bed!!!! I thought I'd try to save anyone grief from this boo-boo. In my climate and soil conditions (heavy clay), Gladiolus is highly invasive. What started out as small walnut/chestnut sized bulbs triple quadrupled into clumped man-sized fists of bulbs with dozens upon dozens of pea-sized off shoots.
If one delights in this huge lovely flower, plant them in the most barren soil possible! Full shade, near the foundations of a house, anywhere that looks barren. They will still grow like weeds! Mine are sprouting very happily when I've already transplanted 63 of those darn things, lol! And I'm still getting crazy off-shoots in my rose bed.
Also in my garden, nasturtiums became invasive, lucky they are annuals, lol! They became monster plants that started pushing over Mr. Lincoln. Now their remnants are happily feeding my roses.
I am hoping that if anyone else has horror stories about non-rated companions that became invasive, it might save some of us from all this re-digging/re-transplanting headaches, so please share if you have any.