10 Plants You Should Never Grow in Your Yard

There are many plants that look lovely, but they might be your worst choice. Here are some plants that you should not consider growing in your yard.

Plants do add beauty to a home, but a number of them are just plain attractive. While some are pleasing to the eyes, others are poisonous, and worse, invasive. And, you definitely don’t want to deal with these sorts.

So, to avoid having damaging plants at your home’s yard, check out this list of ten plants you shouldn’t grow.



Otherwise known as the Deadly Nightshade, the Belladonna is an extremely toxic plant that shouldn’t be grown in gardens, especially if you have children and pets. Even if it has lustrous black berries and bell-shaped flowers, you shouldn’t be fooled by its looks.



Due to its rapid growth characteristics and sturdiness, the bamboo is famed as the world’s most renewable building resources. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it makes a great choice for your garden as it can overrun your yard, as well as your neighbor’s. If you feel the need to grow one, a huge landscaping planter can be used.



Mint, widely-known for its unique yet pleasant aroma, is often used as an additive to various foods and drinks. However, if not properly contained, this may cause damage to other plants as its roots can spread all over the garden like a weed. If ever you want to grow one in your yard, make sure you plant it in an appropriate container.

Aloe Vera


Although it’s popular for its healing abilities, Aloe Vera can be a dangerous plant. Its aloe juice, or the so-called latex, is considered a poison and can cause abdominal pain and cramping when ingested. And, if you have pets, it’s probably best to keep this out of your backyard.



Though the feathery and pink flowers of the Mimosa tree look romantic and distinct, you shouldn’t think of planting them in your yard. Its seeds will only spread all over the yard and will later cause damage to your house’s nearby foundations. And by the time it has taken hold, it would be nearly impossible to get rid of it.



The Amaranthus may be an attention-grabber, but with its pollens, people with allergies may suffer miserably. Also, because this can grow quite tall, around 2 to 7 feet, it consumes much space, especially its branches. Thus, it would be better to skip this species in your plant lineup.

castor bean


With its large leaves scattered flowers, the Castor Bean isn’t really a great garden plant. And aside from that, almost all parts of this plant are poisonous. It is even considered toxic to a variety of animals, including horses, dogs, rabbits, cats, sheep and cattle.


As it requires excessive maintenance, the Yucca plant must be also removed from your garden list. Since it blooms once a week, it attracts plenty of insects and bugs. Also, its roots are hard to eradicate. Should you want to get rid of it, you need to dig up everything on the ground.

Japanese Barberry


Many American landscapers are fond of cultivating Japanese barberries because these are resistant to drought, deer and shade. But according to studies, it houses black-legged ticks that carry Lyme disease.



Known for its sagging purple flowers, Wisteria is preferred by many gardeners. However, little do they know that its roots spread far away from the main plant, burying anything else in its way. And because it can live up to hundreds of years, it needs frequent pruning.

Of course, each plant has its own special characteristics. Therefore, every gardener should keep in mind all pros and cons before starting some landscaping projects.

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Mark Brandon, the author of this article, leads the content team for Safe and Sound Property Inspections and is extremely career-focused and family-oriented. He is also a DIY builder with plenty of experience in home renovation and home inspection. Whenever he learns something new, he shares it online through blogs hoping to help some people. If you have any questions, you can reach him via Google+ and Twitter

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