How to - Pests & Diseases

The top 10 unwanted garden plants

By
Anja Sonnenberg
Photography by
Anja Sonnenberg

Keep an eye out for these invasive plants that can be wild and aggressive in your garden


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5. Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
A common evergreen ground cover, periwinkle may look nice in your garden, but it can quickly spread rapidly into natural areas. Once it spreads, it poses a threat to native biodiversity. Its thick growth smothers native ground vegetation. Both big-leaf periwinkle and small-leaf periwinkle are considered invasive, but they are often recommended by garden centres as a fix for any problem spots in the garden because they grow so prolifically. Native to the Mediterranean, periwinkle was introduced to North American as an ornamental ground cover and medical herb.

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