I planted Salvia 'Hot Lips' from a 4" pot in March of 2013.
By last fall it was a globe 40" (1 M) tall and wide. Healthy, happy, bloomy. By this spring it was starting to spread further, by its roots. Too happy. I dug it out a couple of days ago. Sometimes plants fail, sometimes they overthrive. I'm still pulling Cercis seedlings, several years after I dug out the trees that produced oh-too-many seeds.
Some plants get away with overachieving. This Fuchsia (on the left) extends out about five feet too far--one must squeeze around it to get by--but the root system is not invading surrounding plants.
Sometimes plants are just right--the right size, the right passion for blooming, health--but we put them in the wrong place. So we move them, and they are never quite as good in their new spot.
Next winter, baby, you have a moving appointment with the shovel. Don't be mad.
Some plants are just the right size, healthy, happy, but don't bloom enough. 'Evelyn', I'm looking at you, you stingy diva.
But then you do this, and all is forgiven. Again. For a while.
Some plants are healthy, bloomy, well-behaved, but found delicious by wildlife, so they end up with stupid little fences around them, their ornamental value essentially lost. Grrr.
Erigonum 'Rosy Cushion'
Hey! Quit smirking!
There are plants that are healthy and well behaved, ignored by bugs and rabbits, plants with which you are besotted, that die suddenly and without explanation. Then you buy them again because you cannot bear to not try again, and discover--where in heavens are they going to look right instead of like a 1,000 watt streetlight on a dark night?
Yep, Stachys 'Bello Grigio':
But back to the demise of 'Hot Lips'. After cutting most of its massiveness out...
Oh, hey! There were two daylillies and a rose there, under all that Salvia. There they are again.
Out it came. Roots were running into surrounding roses. New plants were forming several feet away from the original.
That's a no-no.
The extraction however revealed something rare and magical and wonderful. Space for a new plant! A space that demands a trip to the new plant store! Merci beaucoup, 'Hot Lips'!
The more plants misbehave, the more fun we have (except the digging up part).