When we moved into our last house, I was thrilled to find out we had a mature wisteria in the garden. If you aren’t familiar with wisteria, it is a magnificent flowering plant, somewhere between a vine and a shrub. And a purple and flowering anything is my favorite. I couldn’t wait for to see it in its full glory!
I tried everything. I cut it back, I fertilized, I amended the soil, I read everything I could get my hands on, I consulted experts, but to no avail. Nothing worked. No flowers.
What I DID get was an invasive vine that devoured everything in its path. Covered in thick green leaves, it looked healthy and grew like a weed. The roots were deep and thick, sending up shoots all through the bed it inhabited, crowding out the other plants I attempted to grow. It clung to the walls of my house and eventually started doing damage to the roof. Continue reading