This March I’ve spent considerable time pulling up English Ivy and Honeysuckle. “Non-native” or “invasive” doesn't fully convey the amount of aggravation involved in dealing with these uninvited, fast-growing plants. That’s why I love the term “plant spam”.
I just discovered this term in an article by Marty Hair, forwarded on by a master gardener in my area.
Here’s an excerpt:
“Joan Boram saw Carolina lupine in a mail-order plant catalog and sent away for it. In her Ferndale garden, she loves its striking yellow flowers. What Boram didn't expect is that the plant's seeds scatter and grow so freely that she now has Carolina lupine everywhere.Call it plant spam. Like computer spam, plant spam pops up where it's not invited. And it can be tough, though not impossible, to exclude”
The article goes on to mention a good tip that’s worked for me in dealing with one type of plant spam- mint. I plant mint in a container, then nestle the container among the other plants in my herb garden. I also have chives in a pot, and the containers look colorful in the garden.
But the best defense against plant spam is to be careful what you sow. Because what you sow could be what you reap and reap and reap and reap.