Plants to Avoid for Commercial Landscaping

When it comes to commercial landscaping, knowing what plants to avoid is just as important as knowing what plants you can use. Here are a few plants you should never plant in a commercial landscape.


Some beautiful plants should never be added to your commercial landscaping because they bully native plants to grow and reproduce. Some invasive species to avoid are the Bradford pear, the Japanese barberry, and ornamental grasses, among others. If you’re considering planting a non-native plant species, do your research to see how it interacts with your local ecosystem.

Poisonous Plants

It should go without saying, but planting poisonous plants would be a big mistake. You shouldn’t produce anything that can harm humans or animals. This rules out some obvious ones, such as poison ivy, as well as less obvious ones, like the scotch bloom or nightshade berries, which may not look dangerous at first glance. 

If a plant causes an allergy, it may also be considered a low-level and situational toxin. Avoid planting things like ragweed and goldenrod, as well as anything else that may make your customers sick.


Some plants aren’t bad because they’re harmful; they’re bad because they’re unsuited for a commercial landscaping project due to their required time and attention. Sadly, it’s a bad idea to plant roses, hydrangeas, or azaleas on commercial property.

Other Plants to Avoid

There are a few other reasons to avoid certain plants. Bamboo, for example, looks beautiful but grows rapidly and may get out of control. Others will drop seeds and fruit, which attracts pests and costs money to clean up. Always consider the consequences of the plant you decide to grow.

Get Landscaping Help Today

You may be wondering what you can do now that you know a few things to avoid doing on your commercial landscape. If you don’t know where to start, Bumgardners Landscape can help. Contact us today.

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