There are lots of reasons for not adding certain plants to your garden. One of the commonest, and one that I have overcome, is that a plant takes a long time to mature or is very slow growing. This is not a reason to procrastinate, rather we should plant these immediately! The years fly by and just because something is slow to grow is definitely not a reason to delay planting.
Another reason could be because something is alleged to be hard to grow. No garden is right for everything and we can’t grow every plant we want to. Most, common plants will put up with a wide range of conditions but others are more specific. But they might find your garden just what they want. So look at the requirements of a plant, do what you can to please it and then have a go – you may be successful. Other plants may be invasive. Be careful with these but do not avoid them all. Euphorbia cyparissias is commonly known to be an awful thug. But I have never had a garden where it behaved badly.
Another reason is cost and I admit that I am irrational here. I will pay a fortune for a rare plant but I am never going to pay ten euro for a pot of cosmos. There are some plants that I covet but are always expensive so I walk away. I am scared to spend lots of money on hardy slipper orchids, so far. I know they are probably easier than I think but I need to get the basics in the garden sorted first. But the plant that I have waited longest to get is Aralia elata ‘Variegata’.
Aralia elata is a hardy, suckering shrub with huge, pinnate leaves and clusters of tiny white flowers in late summer, followed by tiny black fruits. The white-variegated and yellow-variegated forms are grafted and, being sparsely-branched shrubs, I assume that propagation material is not abundant. So plants are devilishly expensive. Twenty five years ago, on leaving a job, I had a wad of cash to spend on plants and almost bought one, but plants are always at least £80 for a stick in a pot and I bought several other trees instead.
Every time I see one I hesitate. But I can’t justify the cost, even though the plant is hardy and quite tough. But the desire to have one is always there.
So, earlier this week, I visited a nursery and they had reduced their one plant, presumably because it was looking a bit scruffy and had not sold. And it was considerably less than half price. It has taken me 50 years of gardening but, at last, I have an aralia. Now to decide where to plant it!