If you weigh your personal preferences against the characteristics that need more labor, you can have both gorgeous and low-maintenance plants. For example, if you find deadheading wasted flowers to be contemplative, then avoiding perennials that require this care will not matter because it will not feel like a job to you.
Make sure you are adhering to the “right plant-right place” guideline before choosing low-maintenance plants. Unfavorable growth circumstances, such as planting a sun-loving shrub in partial shade, will produce a plant that may live but will not thrive, increasing the risk that it will fall victim to disease, grow longer, weaker branches, and require more trimming to maintain its size and form.
To allow you to sit back and enjoy your garden, look for plants or kinds that do not require staking, frequent deadheading, dividing, intricate trimming, or excessive watering. Here are a few of our favorites.
Snake Plant, Sansevieria Trifasciata
The Snake Plant is an evergreen that requires little care, with long, pointed, deep green leaves that grow in rosettes. Occasionally, as the plant reaches maturity, fragrant white blossoms may cover it. In addition to being an excellent air cleanser, the snake plant also absorbs pollutants and enhances air quality.
How to Care for It: The Snake Plant, commonly referred to as a “Zero Maintenance Plant,” may be grown both inside and outdoors. Because it only requires water once every 10 days, overwatering it can be dangerous. One reliable sign that a plant needs watering is dry soil.
What more could you want? Evergreen, minimal maintenance, gorgeous, yellow-edged leaves, and wonderfully scented white blossoms in the winter? When planted in well-draining soil with either full sun (in colder locations) or filtered sun, winter daphne (Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’) will pay you back a hundredfold. Do not forget to trim a few branches for indoor use in the winter. A single cluster of flowers can fill a room with fragrance. Daphne does not readily transfer, so make sure you put this shrub where it has room to expand rather than where it has to be pruned.
Weigela is a hard-working plant that may draw hummingbirds and bees to your garden with its numerous kinds that give colorful leaves and tubular blossoms. There is bound to be a weigela that suits your needs, whether you are looking for a small dark-leaved species to frame a pathway or a towering, variegated shrub for the rear of the border.
Pruning is simple and voluntary. If you must trim for shape or size, only do it right away after flowering to avoid ruining the blossoms for the following year. Other than that, once established, these garden staples can withstand drought, grow well in full sun and normal garden soil, and are rarely troubled by deer.
Similar to weigela, these deciduous shrubs come in a variety of sizes, from front-of-the-border beauties to mid-size, mounding shrubs that look striking when planted in groups or individually. Many spirea types have amazing foliage that changes color in three distinct seasons, along with summer blooms that draw butterflies and bees.
Other than a brief shear cut following flowering, these bushes require little maintenance. Plant in full or partial sun in normal garden soil that retains moisture. Deer rarely cause substantial harm, but they occasionally nibble on fresh sprouts.
The Oregon grape (Mahonia spp.), a native of the Pacific Northwest, is an evergreen shrub with holly-like leaves and yellow shuttlecock blooms in winter that give way to tasty blueberries. Hummingbirds that overwinter are particularly fond of the blossoms.
These are an excellent way to grow behind towering conifers since they tolerate dry shadow, but they also thrive in more open areas and early light.
You will love them as an easy-care addition to your garden, especially the low-growing, creeping mahonia (Mahonia repens) that will make a ground-covering carpet and the variety that grows to be at least eight feet tall. Gardeners may enjoy them in a variety of temperature zones because there are various types and cultivars to choose from.
In conclusion, with the correct plant selection, creating a colorful and low-maintenance garden is simple. The top five low-maintenance plants included in this article are perfect for both inexperienced and time-pressed gardeners since they are not only gorgeous additions to your outdoor area but also need little upkeep. By choosing these low-maintenance choices, you can make sure that your green haven continues to provide you happiness and calm while needing less work and maintaining its timeless natural beauty.