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.
Reason: Killed by a weed-wacker during fall cleanup.
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.
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.
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.
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'
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.
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!
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.
Typha minima 'Europa'
Reason: Sadly this plant just sort of disappeared. And I never actually saw cattail ‘sausage’ form before it died.
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.
Eucomis 'Aloha Lily Tiki'
Reason: It just never came back after the first year.
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!
Reason: Never emerged from planted roots.
Veronica p. 'Georgia Blue'
Reason: If I remember correctly, slugs decimated this plant.