|Star-of-Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum) looking dainty among some Hosta ‘Golden Tiara’|
Sometimes you need plant thugs like the disarmingly pretty Star-of-Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum). A difficult spot (dry, maple-root-filled and shady, perhaps) might thank you for the toughness that brings on these bright spring flowers. Luckily, their enthusiasm has been held in check by the sandy, dry shade in my neighbour M’s garden next door. His aren’t the ones pictured here.
But beware, or at least aware, that even a few of these bulbs, given hospitable conditions, might insist they own the place; all of it – dangerous if you live near a wooded area where native plants could be throttled by their exuberant growth. Invasive alien plants and ravines make a bad combo.
With other plants, I’ve certainly made the error of paying less attention to the second half of the mantra, “right plant, right place.” Lots of effort has been expended as I’ve tried to un-plant space invaders like common daylily (Hemerocallis fulva) and lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis).
Perhaps we should coin a new saying to caution the unwary gardener, “Look before you reap.”
|Star-of-Bethlehem is in the Asparagaceae family, and has quite a few surprising plant cousins – including Asparagus!|
|Here it is, nudging its starry way through the landscape. Pretty, for sure. Pretty aggressive, too.|