April is National Gardening Month, and all of the gorgeous plants and flowers are on sale at the local farmstands and nurseries. While it may seem a bonus that these plants are quick growing, the fact of the matter is, they don’t stop growing, and won’t stop until they’ve taken over the garden, the yard, the street, the state and the planet! (Well, maybe that’s a little drastic. But you get the idea!) So before you head out to purchase your flowers this year, read this quick guide to discover three plants you DON’T want to bring home with you! Your neighbors will thank you!
All of us enjoy the whimsical, care-free picture created by ivy-covered trellises and English cottages, but the problem with climbing English Ivy is that it doesn’t know when to stop climbing! Its runners will creep under siding, through any cracks in the foundation, up trees and through cracks in masonry! When its runners penetrate a crack in a house, it expands and becomes larger, and can weaken structures to the point of collapse! Thick foliage of ivy will also retain moisture against the walls of your home, and can ruin the finish on any wood.
#2 Morning Glories
Though this pretty flower is technically an annual, it produces ALOT of seeds, which sometimes, somehow, survive our winters, and are still able to germinate in some climates after 50 years. And then they do, your yard will be overrun with Morning Glory vines. There is also a wild version of this plant with white to light pink flowers that may pop up in your yard voluntarily, even if you never planted a Morning Glory.
With small white flowers similar to a begonia blossom, this groundcover is extremely invasive. Its pretty-looking leaves can be varigated or blue-green with red stems. At most, it will grow a foot high, but as for how wide it will grow, the sky’s the limit! If you’re dead set on having a Houttuynia plant, keep it in a container!