Acer palmatum 'Bihou'
Reason: Early in spring a black blotch appeared on the lower trunk which slowly spread, circling the trunk and creeping up toward the crown. Finally the leaves began to wilt, and I pulled it. I’m wondering if moving it in Feb/March allowed some sort of disease to take over? In any case I probably won’t plant another japanese maple in that spot.
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.
Ceanothus griseus var. horizontalis 'Diamond Heights'
Reason: The first one I tried one died one winter after surviving for a couple or more years, likely due to freezing temps. Second attempt looked like hell after its first winter (which was particularly harsh). Two strikes and it’s out! I may use this as an annual in the future for planters but as a perennial, it’s a no go in our garden.
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.
Fuchsia 'Tom West'
Reason: I guess this one was not meant to be, it has disappeared completely from the spot I planted it in.
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.
Citrus × meyeri
Reason: I’ve finally given up on citrus – poor performance for us indoors and out. Maybe someday!
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.
Reason: Sadly this died over winter, I think our late cold snap did it in! When I dug it out, the roots still seemed alive so I planted it in a pot to see if it actually comes back very late.
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!
Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'
Reason: There may be a few blades of this left but it might as well be dead – I think I planted it in a too-shady spot.
Acer palmatum 'Shaina'
Reason: The north half of this maple died in winter 2021/2022 – I think being half covered by ivy didn’t help. Anyhow I pulled it in spring of 2022. Sad!
Reason: Never emerged from planted roots.
Veronica p. 'Georgia Blue'
Reason: If I remember correctly, slugs decimated this plant.