Plant Graveyard

Bishop’s Weed

Aegopodium p. 'Variegatum'

Reason: I figured it was only a matter of time before this aggressive plant escaped its confines, and I’d be really sorry when it did. I removed it and planted hardy geranium in its place.

Compact Giant Papyrus

Cyperus Percamenthus

Reason: Killed by a weed-wacker during fall cleanup.

Dwarf Fetterbush

Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Nana'

Reason: One of my first plants. Being a beginning gardener I think I failed to properly open and water the compacted rootball.

Emperor Japanese Maple

Emperor I Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Emperor I'

Reason: This beautiful tree up and died back to within 3 inches of the soil line. I don’t know why, but just in case I replaced it with a completely different tree, a Tricolor birch.

Goatsbeard ‘Misty Lace’

Aruncus hybrid 'Misty Lace'

Reason: I was never really impressed with this plant so I let it be bulldozed along with the rest of the plants that met their doom in the great vacant lot clearing of 2019.

Golf Ball Pittosporum

Pittosporum Tenuifolium 'Golf Ball'

Reason: The north facing side of the shrub died due to frost. What a bummer, I love this shrub! Sadly I removed it, and will think twice about planting shrubs that are only hardy into zone 8.

Impatiens omeiana silver and pink

Hardy Impatiens ‘Silver and Pink’

Impatiens omeiana 'silver and pink'

Reason: The combo of aggressiveness and lackluster appearance prompted me to pull this plant completely. Well almost completely – I’m still pulling volunteers but it’s on its way out.

Kieffer Lime

Citrus Hystix

Reason: Limped along until I gave it away after which I think it died. Probably a common fate for citrus in the Northwest!


Rubus × loganobaccus

Reason: I most likely accidentally pulled this guy thinking it was a bramble. Whoops!

Lupine Hybrid

Lupine Hybrid

Lupinus hybrid

Reason: These were always beset by aphids and leafminers by mid summer, I think because their home beneath the Douglas fir was too dry – so I pulled them out.

Micro-miniature Cattail

Typha minima 'Europa'

Reason: Sadly this plant just sort of disappeared. And I never actually saw cattail ‘sausage’ form before it died.

Mountain Pepper

Mountain Pepper

Drimys lanceolata

Reason: Both specimens did terribly – eaten by root weevils and then lost most leaves over winter. If I try this one again I’ll likely put it in a pot on the deck, possibly sheltering it in the sunroom over winter.

Pineapple Lily ‘Tiki’

Eucomis 'Aloha Lily Tiki'

Reason: It just never came back after the first year.

Profuse Flowering Clematis ‘Serious Black’

Clematis recta purpurea 'Lime Close'

Reason: Grew too leggy so I pulled it. At the time I planted it, our garden was much more shaded – perhaps I will try it again someday!

Shredded Umbrella Plant

Syneilesis palmata

Reason: Never emerged from planted roots.

Speedwell “Georgia Blue”

Veronica p. 'Georgia Blue'

Reason: If I remember correctly, slugs decimated this plant.