Asking for it

Last year I purchased a variegated butterbur (Petasites japonicus var. giganteus) to keep in a container next to my front door. It looked really great all summer, but where’s the adventure in doing the same thing beside my front door this year? So I’m thinking about potting it up to a giant container and sinking the container so it doesn’t spread into Illinois. If you’re unfamiliar with butterbur, it’s the kind of plant that if given enough water it will become your entire landscape.




I think the butterbur would look lovely in my front yard. Then I could do something new and unexpected by the front door. Something like cactii wearing troll doll wigs; I haven’t thought that far ahead yet.



What do you think? There will be a poll in 

Le Forum so come make yourself heard.




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About Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens. She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

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