10 Beautiful Invasive Plants You Do Not Want In Your Garden

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Beautiful Invasive Plants You Do Not Want In Your Garden - I have been gardening for a long time and have personal experience with this list of invasive plants. Between being a lot of work to maintain and disrupting the native ecosystem, these vines and perennials are some of the invasive species you want to avoid planting in your garden.
Beautiful invasive plants you do not want in your garden

Since I’m in planning mode for adding a Japanese-inspired garden to my yard, I have been looking for plants that I will want to include in the space.  (You can see some of my inspiration for that HERE). And I was surprised to find that some types of Japanese maples (a requirement for a Japanese garden if you ask me) are on the Invasive Species list!

That got me thinking about all of the experiences I have had with invasive plants over the years.  I know that I do not want to intentionally plant another one!

For one thing, invasive species add so much more work to the gardening process.  If you read my post on low maintenance gardening, you know that even though I love my garden, I also don’t want to spend all of my free time working in it.

And the second problem is that most of these plants can easily escape your garden. When they set up shop in a natural habitat, they really cause a lot of damage to the native ecosystem.

So in the interest of sharing, click Next to see my list of 8 beautiful invasive plants you do not want in your garden.

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12 Responses

  1. Japanese Knotweed!
    You’ll never get rid of it as it slowly swallows your (and your neighbours) yard!

    • Thanks, Maija! I haven’t had to deal with that one personally, but I’ve heard it’s awful!

  2. Wisteria …
    I have wisteria that was already growing when I moved into my home. At first I was excited because they smell so wonderful, but, they are sooooo invasive. The roots, well the shoots, spread out all along and crawl along the grass wanting to latch on to anything and grow. Mower doesn’t cut them up. They jump across on a nearby tree and scramble up it over and over, no matter how much you cut back on the wisteria. When they are really in full bloom, they are covered up in bumblebees. Sorry, but as much is I like a fresh bouquet, I’m not sparring with bumblebees for one! This thing smells wonderful when it’s blooming but I am ready to put weed killer on it and cut it down to the ground and it will probably still come back!

    • Hi MJ…I agree on the Wisteria…I love the look and smell of it when it’s blooming, but not sure it’s worth the effort :)

  3. Non clumping bamboo!
    I lived in a two-story home with no tree on the south side, I thought I will plant some bamboo for shade on that side of the house. The bamboo grew to the second story, when the rain came it waited it down so it leaned out over the side yard. It multiplied quite quickly and every year it came up there was more. Finally after having a rainbow arch of bamboo instead of shade on the south side of my house I thought I should take it out. What a job!! I was much younger then, and worked a lot outside anyway, but this stuff was like it was concreted into the dirt. I had a pick ax I had shovels I had everything I could think up time to dig those roots out, but they are so embedded in the dirt, even with a pickax in all of my weight, they are nearly impossible to get out. I was thankful I didn’t have a yard full of that stuff. I will never ever plant bamboo again I don’t care what kind it is. I did get it out, but my back my body and everything about me hurt. So, it is invasive, and very very hard to get out, even if you only have a few “stalks” or whatever they are called!

    • I have heard that taking out bamboo is quite a chore! I didn’t realize that the clumping bamboo is still pretty bad…haven’t actually tried it…and I guess I won’t now! Thanks for the warning :)

  4. Geez, my third comment… I’ve had this stuff too! I guess if you put it in a big field that you didn’t care if it just grew and it didn’t matter it would be OK. I put some in the corner of my yard in my little flower bed… looked really pretty for a while, until it got so big that was all you could see and it was at a corner with a stop sign, so it eventually made it hard to see oncoming traffic. I should’ve known when I had such trouble digging it out to get a start, having to use an ax to chop roots to get a start, it might be trouble! I do think this stuff is very pretty, but if the plant it somewhere, it needs to be somewhere that it will not bother other plantings. There’s a place around here that has a long driveway up a hill, and with no trees. They have it planted up each side of the driveway, it looks nice there, and there’s nothing there for it overtake. They burn it back every year to remove all of the dead leaves, as they are also very sharp on the edges. This is one place that looks nice and seems to be OK.

    • I agree that the grass looks very nice, and it would be pretty if you have a wide open space to plant it in…my garden never has wide open spaces :) Burning it down every year sounds like a great way to keep it a little under control…thanks for sharing!

  5. Christine

    I personally have had trouble with Trumpet Vines and Boston ferns. I’m currently battling the ferns. They have completely taken over my landscaping and are spreading into the lawn. This after just a year! I regretfully did not research them until I realized they were monsters. Yes, they are classified as invasive.

    • Thanks, Christine! I didn’t know about those ones…more plants to add to my “Do Not Buy” list :)

  6. I have two that I am battling now – #1 Soapwort aka Bouncing Bet, it’s the first to sprout in the spring and the last to die in the fall. It spreads by seeds and by rhizomes. It infiltrates your favorite plants and chokes them out. #2 Bittersweet. I wish that the garden center I purchased it from would have forewarned me. Also, there are two varieties and I was sold the one that never produced the berries. So now I have a vine that is prolific in greenery and also spreads by rhizomes and will show up even 6 feet away from it’s original planting.

    • Hi Robin…Thanks for the additions to the list! Those plants that spread by rhizomes are really tough to get rid of. There always seems to be some little bit left in the ground that grows where you don’t expect it.

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