8 Common Plants You Should Never (Ever!) Bring Home From the Nursery Again

Bradford Pear Tree:

Despite its appearance, Bradford pear trees are despised by the Grumpy Gardener due to their unpleasant odor, tendency to break in the wind, and prolific seedlings.

Chameleon Plant:

While visually appealing, the chameleon plant quickly spreads and may lose its colorful foliage, becoming invasive. Grumpy humorously suggests extreme measures to eradicate.

Mimosa Tree:

Despite its attractive blooms, mimosa trees are troublesome due to their prolific seedlings and unattractive appearance in winter.

Golden Euonymus:

This plant is criticized for its lack of aesthetic appeal, susceptibility to mildew, and overall blandness.

Red Tip Photinia:

Prone to disease in humid climates, red tip photinia requires regular fungicide spraying to avoid succumbing to leaf spot disease.

Yellow Alyssum:

Unlike its white counterpart, yellow alyssum has a foul smell, prompting the recommendation of alternative ground-cover plants like creeping phlox.

Virginia Creeper:

Despite being native, Virginia creeper is invasive and difficult to control due to its climbing tendencies and prolific seedlings.

Japanese or Chinese Wisteria:

While visually appealing, these species can be invasive and aggressive, quickly overtaking your yard if left unchecked. Opt for the American Wisteria instead to avoid their tenacious growth.