I myself love a wild garden. Wild to an extent, that is.
A lot of people want their garden to have a finer look, but even me- a wild jungle lover, even I want some control of my garden appearance. and I sometimes struggle with the question:
What will help me keep its intended landscape?
well, there are some plants I’ve come to know their aggressive potential.
As a rule of thumb, if you see a plant “devours” everything in its path (they do it slowly, of course), then you know what I’m talking about, and you have come across an aggressive plant.
How do I Deal with them?
If you’re really strict, you might want to consider gravel as a ground-cover.
Before laying the gravel, you want to make sure you’ve prepared the area well, so no weeds will push through and grow from underneath the gravel. In order to do so, first plan and mark the area you want. Then dig out the soil, about 5 centimeters deep, and cover it all with plastic sheeting.
On top of that you lay the gravel and you get 2-for-1:
- No more weeds popping out.
- Your gravel will stay clean and pretty, no soil to taint it.
But, if you like your garden’s landscape to be less polished, you can identify those invasive plants and either pay extra attention to them and prune often, or get rid of them all entirely.
You could also try planting in containers, that way you have more control over your plants growth and your weeds, as their roots will be confined.
Every area has its own invasive flora, but here are some examples of popular plants which are either self sowing, or just plain old aggressive in growth:
Even though they can look pretty, they are hard to control, so just bare that in mind and decide how you want to handle them.
Whichever you decide, having a variety of plants makes for a well balanced garden. It also attracts wildlife and insects, and by so, makes your garden a more wholesome place.
I truly recommend it.