Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Bishop’s Goutweed

Long considered one of the worst garden weeds in the perennial garden because of its invasive nature, Bishop’s Goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria) nevertheless is an excellent ground cover.  Ours is contained in a small raised bed with stones all around, and we expect (unreasonably perhaps) that it will behave and limit its travels.  As you can see, it overwintered very well and is thriving in this location where it gets mostly shade during the day.  This is its first season of performance, so we’ll see next year whether it will succeed in escaping its present confinement.  We pinch off the flowers so it wont’ spread by seed dispersal.

In the meantime, we’ll enjoy its wonderful variegated foliage – a great addition to the garden.

Bishops Goutweed

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