The real meaning of plant catalog terminology:
- A favorite of birds means to avoid planting near cars, sidewalks, or clotheslines.
- Grows more beautiful each year means "looks like roadkill for the foreseeable future".
- Zone 5 with protection is a variation on the phrase "russian roulette".
- May require support means your daughter's engineering degree will finally pay off.
- Moisture-loving plants are ideal for landscaping all your bogs and swamps.
- Carefree refers more to the plant's attitude than to your workload.
- Vigorous is code for "has a Napoleonic compulsion to take over the world".
- Grandma's Favorite --- until she discovered free-flowering, disease-resistant hybrids.