Okay, here is the list to this date. I only took nominees from the comments, I did not take any from e-mail. I figure if you are going to bash a shrub-bash it in public. There are 10 shrubs listed some by botanical, some by common, and a couple listed by-the whole entire species e.g. “juniper(s)”.
This is; of course, all for fun, unless someone ask me to design in some of these bad boys . . . then it becomes a serious matter.
The nominee list will stay open until I put up a page on Squidoo-like the one I put up for trees. Any and all comments and votes are still open.
Here are the Nominee’s:
- Prunus laurocerasus: Pruned short or tall, wide or narrow, it’s just underwhelming. And must there be such a volume of it? Is there really that little to choose from? Of course not.
- Euonymous. S: The worst looking shrub in my neighborhood.
- PJM Rhododendron: Overused to the point that it is obnoxious. It looks like a blob of chewed grape bubble gum.
- Corylus avellena ‘Contorta’: Common Name: “Canker Farm”. An oddity at best. Why does anyone plant this contraption?
- Juniperus ‘Plumosa Compacta Youngstown’. If you’ve never seen Phomopsis up close and personal, just plant a few of these babies. Especially near irrigated beds or turf.
- The Yew; Taxus sp.: We run electric hedge trimmer over it a couple times a year, and now we can’t see off the front porch.” They understand it even less when I show them that it’s going to look like crap after I’m done getting it reined in and then it’s going to take several years to fill back in. So I’d never plant one. (+1)
- Leylandii ? (Leyland Cypress-I believe)I’ve just chopped four feet off the top of a row of these buggers (ancient Briton term) in this new, otherwise blank canvas garden, it still leaves a seven foot high hedge but I hate the stuff.
- Juniperus chinensis ‘Hetzii’, the Hetzii juniper, you might as well throw the Pfitzer juniper in there as well. Is that 2? No matter, they both; uh, suck . . . professionally speaking.
- Euonymous alata, burning bush, burning bush, burning bush . . . I say no more. (+4)
- The “Common Privet”, doesn’t deserve to be recognized by it’s botanical name. (+2)
- Spirea x cineria ‘Grefsheim’, I do not apologize for picking on poor ‘Grefsheim”, heck this newer cultivar may actually be “okay-at best” . . . my pen, er, keypad is aimed squarely at Spirea-a rather unremarkable plant. (-1)
Addendum: the ( ) are numbers from comments, in agreeing to this shrub “is the worst”. The minus 1 is a disagreement to have this shrub added. So there we have it.