When considering what items to adorn your yard, beauty isn't the only factor. Checking the invasive nature of certain plants is crucial. Invasive plants can grow exponentially and can be difficult to rid once planted, threatening the life of other plants and providing much painstaking labor for removal. Although a plant may be pretty, you may want to think twice about these invasive varieties. Always check before you plant something in your yard!! You can even find some invasive plants in garden stores for sale so don't think just because you found it there that it's okay.
The Asian Bush Honeysuckle for example shown in the picture above is a sight to see but may prove to be a bad idea in the longterm. Opt for another variety that is manageable and still adds color to your yard. There are plenty of perennials to choose from and I'm especially fond of clematis flowers. They're great climbers but yet are noninvasive.
Invasive Exotic Plants to Avoid:
Autumn Olive, Elaeagnus umbellata
Russian Olive, Elaeagnus augustifolia
Garlic Mustard, Alliaria petiolata
Canada Thistle, Cirsium arvense
Tree-of-heaven, Ailanthus altissima
Purple Loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria
Winged Burning Bush, Euonymus alatus
Reed Canarygrass, Phalaris arundinacea
Common Reed, Phragmites australis
Eurasion Watermilfoil, Myriophyllum spicatum
Crown Vetch, Securigera vera
Multiflora Rose, Rosa multiflora
Japanese Honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica
Asian Bush Honeysuckles:
Lonicera maackii, L. morrowii, L. tartarica, L. x bella
Japanese Stiltgrass, Microstegium vimineum
Kudzu, Pueraria montana
If you have an invasive plant, here's a helpful list to contact the nearest Invasive Plant Removal Contractor.