7. Bamboo (Bambusoideae)
An exotic addition to the backyard landscape, bamboo is among the fastest growing woods in the world. Producing more oxygen than the average tree, it can also be harvested and cured for a homegrown supply of strong and durable building materials. Bamboo’s main caveat, however, is its vigor for colonizing new lands – it can (and will) spread beyond your property line and into your neighbor’s yard. Unthwarted by commercial herbicides, bamboo can be very difficult to cull and may take years to get it under control. Despite all this, bamboo can be successfully contained – here’s how.
8. Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia)
With a common name like ‘creeping jenny’, it would be safe to assume that is plant likes to move! The rounded leaves along expansive, reaching stems make for an attractive ground cover and flower basket accent. Native to Europe, it is considered an invasive species in the US because of its propensity for crowding out native plants. Though it is easily pulled from the ground, creeping jenny is better suited for containers or as a lawn replacement.
Commanding the utmost of attention and care, high-maintenance plants will throw a ton of attitude your way if you can’t keep up with their demands. Instead of wringing your hands over these prima donnas, perhaps it’s best to plant some laid back blooms.