Messy Trees and Untidy Plants
The Worst Messy Trees and Untidy Plants!
Plants and trees do require some work and all make some mess, but some are worse than others.
They can look good and many have pretty flowers, but you will need to keep them well preened and coiffured if you want to enjoy them as much as you should.
Also these plants or trees drop shed loads of stuff, or drop loads of fruit or drop loads of big leaves that are a pain to clear up in the autumn. So if all these should be avoided if you like you garden to look neat and well tended.
Our list of the worst offenders!
Bluebells – lovely until the leaves go all mushy
Bamboo – beautiful, but the leaves quickly shred in the wind. Best in a very sheltered spot
Buddleja – grows faster than your overdraft
Campsis – this will grow about 3ft overnight and can pop up several feet away
Chaenomeles – an ugly thorny tangled web but it does have pretty flowers
Cotoneaster – drops berries everywhere and always looks like a bad hair day!
Crataegus – Thorns, so it’s a killer to prune!
Fallopia – aka’ Mile-a-minute’ vine….actually it’s 2 miles a minute!
Fig trees – Big pink fig bombs, drunken wasps and the tree wood is easily broken
Hedera – Ivy, will cloak everything and then it drops leaves, berries and detritus
Humulus – Golden Hop, a pretty yellow vine….that swamps everything in it’s path
Jasmine – pretty flowers, the rest of the plant is really untidy & needs constant pruning
Lonicera – Honeysuckle, resembles a bowl of overcooked spaghetti after a couple of years
Lleylandii – big, dense, green, dark shrub/tree and it never stops growing
Mulberry – a very broad tree that drops millions of purple staining berries
Passiflora – A bit like Lonicera (honeysuckle)
Perovskia – A lovely plant but if you forget to ‘chelsea chop’ it flops everywhere
Phalaris – A very unattractive, scraggy and invasive ‘ornamental’ grasss
Philadelphus – A beautiful scent but prone to looking leggy, woody and unattractive
Pryracantha – Lots of thorns & berries!
Rubus – even more thorns and berries
Salix – A wild bad hair day of a plant that grows like wildfire. Needs a firm ‘talking to’ every year!
Solanum – Potato Vine it will end up a jumbled mess of tendrils and swamp lesser plants
Symphiocarpos – Snowberry this plant would survive the Apocaylpse it’s so hard to dig out
Vinca – a triffid of tangled tendrils collect around your feet and then trip you up
- All tall deciduous trees – over 30ft require regular maintenance & drop lots of leaves.
- Pine Trees – not only do you have razor sharp (uncompostable needles) they ‘bomb’ you with pine cones!
- All Fruit Trees – They require regular pruning and you have lots of fruit drop to contend with.
- Birch Trees – may be pretty but they drop thousands of seeds in spring and loads of twigs & leaves all year
- Elderflower – Fast growing shrubs, and once you have berries you also have lots of purple bird poo!
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