There are some plants that are so lovely; we wish they would just take over our garden. Then there are the varieties that will take over the garden and prove extremely difficult to eradicate. Which means, not all of the plants are favorable to plant, as some can be invasive, attract insects or poisonous.

Therefore, if you enjoy gardening, you should certainly know how you can protect yourself and take some precautions, by knowing these 5 shrubs that you should avoid planting in your garden.

Mint     

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Mint is considered one of the useful plants in our daily life. It is used as a great addition to food and drink or can be used as a decoration to your living room table.

Nevertheless, the negative aspect of it, it is that its roots are invasive and can spread throughout your garden, which may cause several damages. When planting mint, it is advisable to grow it in a container.

Bamboo

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Bamboo is considered the fastest growing and hardest woody plant in the world, with a wide variety of flooring, furniture and other items being manufactured from the strong, fast-growing grass.

However, Bamboo’s hardiness and rapid growth make it a problematic plant for most yards.

It can spread as quickly as it grows, and it does not respect fences or property lines. Moreover, taking rid of it take years and vigorous effort to remove unwanted bamboo.

Yucca

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A yucca plant in the yard can be a problem child, as it requires a lot of maintenance. Its sharp tips and edges of blade-like leaves are unique in their hardiness and the damage they can do.

This plant also blooms for only about a week and attracts many bugs, so that may annoy you.

In addition, its root system is pervasive and hard to kill. Should you want to remove it, you might have to dig up everything around it as well.

Unfortunately, yucca punctures can deliver some of the plant’s toxic chemicals, called “saponins” directly into the body sometimes provoking a reaction, complicating recovery and damaging red blood cells in the area. Therefore, if you love Yucca, is best left in a pot indoors or on the porch.

Aloe vera

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Aloe vera is a succulent plant known for its healing properties and cosmetics use.  If ingested by pets, however, it is not so beneficial.

The latex (aloe juice, just under the skin of the plant) is toxic and can cause major abdominal upset and cramping.

Moreover, some people can be allergic to the Aloe Vera gel, causing skin allergies, redness in the eyes, skin rashes, irritation and burning sensation.

Purple loosestrife

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This is one of the most beautiful species on this list, yet most invasive. It invades wetlands and ultimately kills existing species of plants such as cattails, grasses, and rare plants. It does not provide wildlife with any food or habitat.

However, it may end up obstructing drainage ditches, transforming the habitat of the wetland into a waterway needed by birds and other wildlife. It outstrips native species and the lack of biodiversity resulting in wide-ranging effects.

It has been shown that seed can actually be produced and spread even supposedly sterile varieties sold in garden centers.

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