I was gardening recently with one of my employees, and she groaned in the middle of pruning a Mexican Feather Grass and said firmly, “I will NEVER plant these things at my house. Never!” It’s not a bad plant – in fact, it’s fantastic – it has seasonal interest, adds a sense of motion and life to a garden, and only needs pruning once a year – plus it’s drought-tolerant, deer-resistant, and takes seacoast wind with no problem. All of us landscapers use it and love it. The problem is that those horrible, sticky seed-heads cling to our clothes and taunt our washing machines, so we end up with itchy grass bits on the inside of our clothes for weeks! (I just pulled one out of my bra a moment ago.) It’s definitely on my list of great plants that I won’t put in my own garden. My list is full of respectable plants you could bring home to your mother, yet you get them alone and suddenly discover they shed, or smell, or do something so utterly uncouth that you simply can’t forgive them, despite their other fine qualities. I polled some landscaper friends on Twitter and on the Landscape Leadership forum to find out which plants us pros avoid in our own gardens, but care for and even suggest for clients. Benefit from our experience and ditch these badly behaving plants (or else know what to expect so you can hire out their care or otherwise deal with them properly!).