7 Climbing Plants Experts Urge You to Avoid if You Want a Low-Maintenance, Non-Invasive Backyard

Gardening expert Tony O'Neill advises against planting English ivy for a low-maintenance garden. Despite its popularity, this climber is invasive, difficult to control, and can damage walls and trees.

English Ivy

Plant expert Allison Jacob warns that kudzu is highly invasive, growing up to a foot per day and suffocating other plants.


Tony O'Neill highlights that Japanese honeysuckle, while fragrant and beautiful, is extremely invasive. It can choke other plants and disrupt ecosystems, requiring constant management to control its spread.

Japanese Honeysuckle

Certain species of morning glory, like ipomoea indica, can be invasive. These vines grow rapidly, entangling with other plants and structures, and their seeds can persist in soil for years.

Morning Glory

Wisteria, known for its stunning flowers, is very aggressive. It can overwhelm nearby plants, damage walls, and requires rigorous pruning to prevent it from getting out of control.


Allison Jacob informs us that trumpet vines grow rapidly and can be difficult to manage. Their strong roots and vines can cause significant garden damage and pull down trellises and supports.

Trumpet Vine

Allison advises removing Virginia creeper immediately upon spotting it. This fast-growing plant can invade surrounding vegetation and damage structures by growing into cracks and crevices.

Virginia Creeper