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In the quest to build the most beautiful garden, you might find yourself making trips to your local garden centre to pick up new plants. However, there are a few plants that can become a real nuisance if you're not prepared to prune them on a regular basis. Today we're going to talk about some of the most common nuisance plants that you should avoid if you don't want a high-maintenance garden.


Introducing new plants to your garden

Adding new varieties of plants to your garden can be really exciting, but it's important you do your research first before you make a start. We all know that certain plants like dandelions and daisies are considered weeds, but they're not the only nuisance plants you should be aware of. If you're aiming to build a low-maintenance garden, these re some of the plants you should avoid...

passion flower

Climbing Plants eg. Passion Flower (Passiflora caerulea)

Passion flowers are incredibly beautiful but do have a habit of growing wild if they're not pruned regularly. This climber grows well in sunny, sheltered spots in the garden, meaning it can go undetected for a while before you notice it's become a problem. Most people grow passion flowers in a pot because they thrive when their roots are restricted. That being said, passion flowers have a tendency to climb up buildings & fences and can quickly spread into unwanted areas of the garden. 

Other climbing plants that can quickly get out of hand are:

  • Russian vine
  • Bindweed

Read More: What's the difference between Japanese knotweed and bindweed?


cherry laurel

Trees and shrubs eg. Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus)

There are some common varieties of trees and shrubs that are known for becoming nuisance plants. One of these is the cherry laurel, an evergreen shrub with thick, glossy leaves and small white flower clusters.

Cherry laurels are fast-growing and can quickly dominate a large space in your garden if left to grow. This is one of the trees and shrubs you should be wary of planting in borders because it can outcompete delicate flowers and plants that don't grow as quickly. The cherry laurel is also prone to powdery mildews and other laurel leaf diseases which can cause problems for other plants in your garden. 

Other nuisance trees and shrubs include:

  • Kerria japonica
  • Poplars
  • Sumach (Rhus typhina)

Did you know? We offer a service that can help you tackle stubborn trees and shrubs. Unlike weeds, these hardy, dense plants can be tricky to manage on your own. Find out more about our shrub and tree removal service below.

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mind your own business

Crevice plants eg. Mind-your-own-business (Soleirolia soleirolii)

Mind-your-own-business is an evergreen perennial plant that's known for growing and spreading in small crevices around your garden. If this is added to your flower beds, it's likely to spread and fill every patch of bare soil.

It's a fast-growing plant that forms thick mats. As you can imagine, it can become a real nuisance plant when it grows in crevices between paving slabs or in other unwanted places. Some people add mind-your-own-business to their hanging baskets where it can be more easily managed.

These are just some of the nuisance plants that can quickly get out of hand if they're not managed properly. In addition to these garden plants, you also need to look out for invasive species like Japanese knotweed that can actually cause damage to your property if it's left to grow wild!

Maintaining a healthy garden on your own can be tricky, so if you want to employ the help of garden specialists, you're in the right place. If you have nuisance plants of invasive species in your garden, get in touch with the Taylor Total Weed Control team.

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