As homeowners, we tend to choose plants that are economical and give immediate results as we landscape our yards. We are attracted to plants that produce flowers and fruit, grow quickly in the landscape, withstand environmental stresses, and generally, thrive without much care.
Unfortunately, these features can also be characteristics of what are considered aggressive or invasive plants. Even though these plants fulfil our current landscape expectations, some of them may be the wrong choice.
They can overgrow and require high maintenance, and also may have adverse long-term effects on the environment. It makes sense to avoid using plants that are invasive.
Of course, the vast majority of plants that grow quickly and look attractive are not problems and are appropriate to use for landscaping.