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I am a gardening expert – you should NEVER have the common plants as they are dangerous

PERENNIALS are an important part of your garden, and some extra colorful flowers can make a great accent for your borders.

However, if you choose the wrong plants, you could fill your garden with danger or even kill all your other plants.

Daffodils are a perennial that looks beautiful but can take over your garden

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Daffodils are a perennial that looks beautiful but can take over your gardenPhoto credit: Getty

According to garden experts at Backyard Boss, some popular perennials could pose a threat to your yard.

Bright yellow daffodils are synonymous with spring, but the blooms can become invasive.

“Daffodils are incompatible with many other plants, so they can crowd out other flowers in your garden,” the pros warn.

The poisonous onions could also be harmful to small children or pets if accidentally eaten.

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Another sunny looking perennial, Scottish broom looks great in your garden but can be toxic to the environment.

“Scottish broom seeds contain a toxic chemical called cytisine that inhibits the growth of other plants,” experts said.

“This makes it difficult for native species to reintroduce into areas infested with Scottish gorse.

“These plants not only crowd out native species, but can also poison the soil and water bodies,” the gardening professionals added.

Avoid gorse in your landscaping, and while you’re at it, skip loosestrife too.

The beautiful flowers thrive in high humidity environments, blanketing the area in purple carpets.

But once loosestrife takes hold, it becomes difficult to remove and smothers other native species.

The same goes for periwinkle, which also poses a greater personal risk. “Periwinkle can also cause problems for people,” the experts write.

“It’s known to harbor harmful pests and diseases that can spread to other plants in your garden or even in your home.”

And it won’t help the other flowers in your garden to thrive: the flowers are terrible at attracting pollinators.

Finally, you should avoid a flower that looks beautiful but is highly toxic: lily of the valley.

“The entire plant, including the flowers, leaves and bulbs, contains toxins that can cause serious health problems if ingested,” experts warn.

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Poisoning from the plant can cause vomiting at best, but consequences can include seizures and even death.

If you want to enjoy lilies of the valley in an arrangement or bouquet, do so, but be sure to display the flowers – and don’t let them into your garden.

Purple loosestrife looks beautiful, but it's taking over the land it was planted on

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Purple loosestrife looks beautiful, but it’s taking over the land it was planted onPhoto credit: Photolibrary-Getty

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Jessica MacLeish

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