Bought a *bear's breeches* at HD last summer. Planted and then learned it would get as big as a vw. Moved it to a more suitable spot. Have had to dig roots from the orginial spot 4 times and they are back again. I love all of these large leaves and also have a lot of EE because they make such a statement for such little effort. Have bookmarked this great article and may try some of these this next spring.
I have the variegated butterbur, which I love-but snails are a problem! I have found that while it can be aggressive, it is pretty easy to dig up-AS LONG AS-it isn't planted too close to other perrennials, a rock wall or tree. Trying to get it out of these situations can be tricky. The roots are large though and that makes them easy to restrain. I kind of like reeling it in, one of those weird pleasures! I think it is important to know where to put it, and just like anything else that has the potential to overtake other plants-don't always beware-JUST BE AWARE!
I enjoyed the article Susanne, being an artist as well, I love the juxtaposition of large and small and the dynamic energy it creates!-Kath
Susanne, Just now got the opportunity to read this great article...what a well done and beautifully illustrated story on the big-leafs. Pretty soon we are going to have tropic looking gardens all over the U.S.! Thanks for the wonderful article!
I saw a lovely clump of petasites and fell in love with its tropical look. I promptly bought a pot of it and interred it pondside at the local public garden where I volunteer. For the next several years I was chided often as my fellow volunteers as they repeated tried to rein it in and then finally eradicate it when it proved uncontrollable. Be careful with this plant, though the idea of growing it in a large pot sounds appealing.
I worked in a garden last summer that had this all over. We called it Pest-acites. It's very invasive in this climate (Mid-Atlantic, zone 7). It also only looks good for a couple of months. By mid-summer the leaves have holes in them from bugs or have been torn by the wind, and they look pretty sad. I spent a lot of time ripping it out. Once found a whole rosebush that had disappeared under it!