Tips from Olle Garden Bed: Seven Shrubs You Should Never Plant In the Yard

Choosing the best shrubs for your outdoor space is not easy. Some important things to avoid might be the difference between enjoying your yard and your next full-time job. The following content also has some reference value for raised garden beds.

The growth conditions vary from farmland to farmland. Plants that are not needed in one area may be valuable in another area. If you are not familiar with it, knowing your planting area will be one of the first factors to consider.

Do you want to spend all day caring for needy, invasive or poisonous plants? If your answer is no, it's time to get familiar with the seven shrubs you should never plant in the yard.

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Japanese barberry

Japanese barberry is a dense and compact shrub. It has milky yellow flowers in spring, and soon forms red berries. The modern use of this shrub is usually ornamental. However, historically, Berberis japonicus has been used for very practical purposes, such as medicine and life fences.

Japanese barberry is rich in nature, which enables it to survive in dry and humid areas, sufficient sunlight and dense shadows. Japanese barberry can change the pH value of the whole soil, thus expelling other plants around.

Removal may be difficult, as this shrub can easily re germinate by layering. If you like to have other plants compared to other native plant species around you, you may need to reconsider this shrub!

Heavenly bamboo (nandina domestica)

Heavenly bamboo is an upright shrub. In spring, it will have gray white flowers and produce small red berries at the end of the year. The green leaves are glossy and smooth, and the autumn will turn into a beautiful deep red.

Heavenly bamboo is a very abundant species, which can withstand most environments, from sufficient sunlight to deep shade, and can grow in most soil types. Regular pruning and maintenance is necessary to help control this shrub.

The toxicity of this plant to humans is very low, but if eaten, the leaves and berries are toxic to livestock. The cyanide in berries is particularly toxic to birds. Due to the need to be very careful and potential threats to animals and birds, consider planting other species, such as Hong Kong gnomes or the Gulf Stream, rather than bamboo.

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Ordinary Tansys is a shrub with round yellow flowers, much like the center of daisies. The green leaves are soft as feathers, like the leaves of ferns. It was first brought to North America in the 1600s because of its many practical and medicinal purposes.

Although it has a purpose in history, common wormwood is highly toxic to human beings. A toxic chemical called Thujone found in leaves can cause dermatitis when exposed. If a large amount of platycladone is ingested, it may also be fatal to humans.

To make matters worse, common wormwood is highly invasive and can withstand most conditions. It will form a dense covering layer, limiting sunlight to other plants. This kind of plant has "trouble" written everywhere.

Glossy sea buckthorn

Another invasive shrub to avoid is glossy sea buckthorn. This shrub has glossy oval leaves that stay green later in the year. It produces ripe round berries ranging from green to red and black. The inner stem of glossy sea buckthorn will show yellow sapwood.

Glossy sea buckthorn has a high tolerance to different habitats, and its root system can become very broad. It will create a low shade canopy that blocks sunlight from other native species, thereby eliminating them. Because of its growing season, the berries/seeds of this shrub can be spread by birds for most of the year.

Although it can provide dense hedges or living fences, it is better to stay away from shiny sea buckthorn and use alternatives such as Carolina Buckthornor Lance-Leaf Buckthorn

The name of the deer horn sumac tree comes from the tiny red hair covering the branches. These tiny hairs cover it in much the same way that velvet covers the antlers of a stag (stag). Antler sumac trees will have white flowers in spring and red green leaves in autumn.

Because of its tolerance to most conditions, Antler sumac can actively spread without proper pruning and control. Because of berries, they are also pollinators and attractants for wild animals.

You need to consider this additional traffic in your home garden plan. If you are interested in planting antlers, please be ready to give it the attention it needs.

Rhododendron (Rhododendron)

Rhododendron is a dense shrub composed of evergreen and deciduous leaves. In spring, azaleas will bloom for several weeks in red, white, pink and lavender colors. This shrub is a great pollinator for bees. You can also use it in bonsai.

Although beautiful and charming, the azalea kurume is a garden heroine. It is necessary to be very careful under regular watering and ideal acid soil conditions, because if the conditions are too wet, this shrub is prone to root rot. On the other hand, it is required not to apply fertilizer too dry or excessively, as this will cause problems.

The perennial rice of azalea is vulnerable to insects and diseases and grows slowly, so your hard work will not be rewarded immediately. This kind of garden heroine is highly toxic and harmful to humans and pets.

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The Himalayan blackberry is a densely growing shrub, with white to pink flowers in early summer. These flowers create delicious blackberries that both humans and animals can eat. The branches are covered with thorns, and the leaves are smooth, green and oval.

The Himalayan blackberry is considered a highly invasive species. Wooden branches create a cool environment that will take over any native species that have grown. It may be difficult to eradicate because it can survive under suboptimal conditions. It is considered one of the worst weeds in the Mediterranean climate.

It can not only occupy your space, but also you need to be careful of the thorns in this bush. If you have children or pets, this will keep you alert, rather than relax and enjoy your green space.

Choosing the right plants for you and your garden will be the key to enjoying green space all year round. After taking care of a garden like azalea, including the invasive nature of sea buckthorn, or worrying about the toxicity of mugwort, staying away from these shrubs will bring you closer to your dream garden.

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