As you kick back in the lawn chair this weekend with a cold drink in hand to admire your gardening work, take a hard look and what you’ve got growing. It’s important to know what flowers will negatively affect our garden and the environment. It’s even more important to know that there are friendly, gorgeous alternatives.

Japanese Honeysuckle

Japanese honeysuckle form dense stands, out-competing and limiting growth of native species. Instead of planting these invasive flowers, plant leather flower or carolina jasmine.

Purple Loosestrife

Purple loosestrife is competitive and can rapidly displace native species. The seed production and dense cover of purple loosestrife suppresses growth of native species. Instead, plant blue lobelia and cardinal flower, two beautiful species.

Multi Flora Rose

Multi flora rose is extremely prolific and can form dense areas of flowers which exclude native plant species. Instead, plant the virginia rose or swamp rose.