9 common garden plants that seriously reduce the value of your home

9 common garden plants that seriously reduce the value of your home

But were you aware of the nine garden plants you don’t want near your personal piece of peace?

From plants that hit your wallet hard (£2,500 in some cases) to toxic plants that plague the area, you’ll need to make sure you know what they are.

Garden experts from Power Sheds have listed the top criminal plants that can grow in gardens, as well as the fines homeowners could face because of their presence.

Japanese knot

Japanese knotweed is one of the most invasive plants around. It has bamboo-like stems and clusters of small white flowers that can cause significant damage to property and infrastructure.

It is difficult to eradicate once established, which makes it even more important to avoid it in your garden. It can grow back quickly and can be expensive to leave.

Spear thorns

The plant has spiky leaves and purple flowers and can spread quickly, causing damage to crops and other plants. If discovered, fines could reach £2,500.

Common ragwort

Common ragwort is easily recognized by its bright yellow flowers and feathery leaves. Although it is one of the most common weeds, this toxic plant is harmful to livestock.

Wide-leaf dock

The plant can be recognized by the broad leaves and small yellow flower clusters. If they are found in your garden, you could be fined £2,500.

The dock is curled

Another weed, curly dock, has distinctive curly leaves and spikes of small yellow flowers. It can spread quickly and is a resilient grass. Fines of up to £2,500 can be imposed for allowing it to grow on your property.

Rhododendron ponticum

The plant has evergreen leaves and large clusters of pink or purple flowers and is toxic to plants and wildlife. It is difficult to eradicate once established, which makes it even more important to avoid planting it, otherwise you could face a £5,000 fine.


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Himalayan balm

Probably one of the fastest spreading plants, each plant contains about 800 seeds that can be easily transported by wind, animals or water, and will grow again. The plant has spikes of showy pink or purple flowers, and fines can reach up to £2,500.

Giant hogweed

This poisonous plant is considered harmful to humans, as the chemicals contained in it can cause major wounds to the skin. While for some it is just a burning sensation, for others, it can cause permanent scarring. It can be recognized by its large white flowers and towering height.

New Zealand Pigmyweed

It is an invasive plant and the sale of these seeds has been banned since 2014. The plant has small green leaves and clusters of small white flowers, and can even harm aquatic environments. If you are found guilty of having it in your garden, you could face a fine of up to £2,500.

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