Here’s a good piece of gardening advice. If someone says that they have a ginormous amount of a certain plant and they want to give you some, RUN AWAY. With few exceptions, if a plant has taken over that person’s garden, it will take over yours too because it is evil — or invasive — whatever you want to call it. It doesn’t care. In fact, it may employ trickery to try to get you to take it home and plant it.
Meleah is a longtime journalist and garden writer. She is out with a new book, co-authored with Jeff Gillman: "Decoding Gardening Advice: The Science Behind the 100 Most Common Recommendations."