Very often when we are planning the layout of a garden we are attracted to selecting plans based purely on their beauty. However it’s good to consider not only the way they look, the ease of growing and caring after them but also whether they are beneficial for your yard or not.
Sometimes, there’s a lot more than catches the eye with many plants being either poisonous, invasive or attracting the wrong type of insects. The following list contains the 13 worst trees, shrubs, flowers and other plants that you should avoid in your garden or at least should be aware of the potential issues that they might cause so you can grow them in the appropriate way.
13. Mimosa Tree
Just like with the bamboo tree, you will not endear yourself to your neighbors if you decide to plant a mimosa in your yard. Its exotic looks with pretty pink flowers and fern-like leaves make it an attractive feature in the garden, however it can spawn seedlings at a long range around itself and once they’ve taken hold, it is very hard to control the seedlings. An additional downside is that it can attract webworm.
Mint is a very popular herb and valued for its wonderful aroma and also widely used in cooking because of its superb flavour and culinary qualities. However it is an extremely invasive plant which once planted can spread in your yard in the same way as any weed. So if you have decided to grow any variety of mint, the best way to do it is in containers so you can avoid them taking over your garden. Harvest their leaves often too, which will keep them under control.
There are many benefits of growing bamboo in your garden. It is a beautiful exotic tree, grows really fast, produces more oxygen than most trees and can also be a valuable source of renewable building materials. Despite the positives, there is one big caveat – it is capable of spreading really quickly, colonizing yours and your neighbor’s gardens, while at the same time being extremely hard to get rid of once it has spread. The best way to grow it is in big planters.