Low Maintenance Plants: Get To Know Them

Low maintenance plants are a perfect solution for those who want to enjoy the benefits of a beautiful outdoor space but don’t have the time to invest in their garden.

If you have a young family and cannot dedicate the time to gardening or if you are older and can’t get out as often as you like, there are many reasons why low-maintenance plants are suitable for your garden.

It is tempting for those who want a low-maintenance outdoor space to pave all over it or have a large patio, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

If you go about it the right way, you can enjoy some of the most beautiful plants in the world without having to prune them or tidy them up constantly.

Whether it’s clearing out dead plants/branches, ensuring all the plants are getting the correct amount of sunlight and moisture, or even keeping the garden pests at bay, looking after certain species of plants can be an uphill struggle. So make no mistake, maintaining a garden can be extremely time-consuming for some, and if you let it, the tasks can easily overwhelm you very quickly.

To stop you from constantly monitoring your plants, we have listed several low maintenance plants that would improve any garden. Not only that, but these additions are generally inexpensive. 

It’s much easier to save money by using low maintenance plants than spending on a whole new garden every year!

Let’s take a look at the list below.

1. Lavender

Lavenders are one of the most well-known plants in the world for their distinctive deep purple color and fantastic smell.

Lavenders are a perfect fit for a person who wants a nice-smelling garden.

A tough perennial that will bloom yearly for at least three-to-five years, Lavenders don’t require fertile soil and are very low maintenance. They can be grown from seeds, or you can buy lavender plants from your local store.

Another benefit of lavender is that this beautiful plant isn’t about where you put it. You can grow lavender in any soil and garden area – even in a hanging basket.

Lavender is a low maintenance plant
Lavenders are a must for any garden.

2. Marigolds Will Add More Beautiful Color

Marigolds bring beautiful warm colors to your garden. Their carnation-like flower-heads and their gold and copper tones will be a welcome addition to any flowerbed.

Marigolds are annuals, meaning that the plants germinate, flower, go to seed, and die in one season.

By harvesting the seeds, you can grow Marigolds and ensure that your garden stays beautiful yearly.

They also attract bees to the garden, and they will pollinate the flowers in return. Marigolds are easy to take care of and don’t need much water, which is great if you’re busy during the day.

Marigolds can grow in most soils and can withstand high temperatures before they start to wilt and die. Although not essential, you can deadhead Marigolds by removing those flowers that have faded and gone to seed.

By removing the poor-performing heads, the plant can focus its energy on those heads thriving rather than using massive energy to produce seeds in the dying flowers.

Red and Yellow Marigold Flower
Marigold flowers are beautiful and add warmth to your garden.

3. Rosemary Is A Fantastic Low Maintenance Plant

Every garden should have Rosemary.

They smell beautiful and are a fantastic herb for cooking and adding to your meals.

They’re easy to take care of – just plant them and leave them to it. That’s it! They don’t require much water and can grow/withstand most conditions.

Rosemary can be grown from seeds, or you can buy them in pots at your local garden supply store. It is an evergreen plant, so it’s perfect for those people who are busy during the day and don’t have a lot of spare time on their hands to tend to the garden.

Sprig of green rosemary on table
Rosemary is a great herb to add to your cooking.

4. Choisya Ternata

Choisya ternata is one of the most popular low maintenance plants.

Known as Mexican Orange Blossom, this medium-sized evergreen bush is simple to take care of and doesn’t need a lot of water.

You can grow it from seeds or buy them in a plant nursery or garden center. If you have limited room in your yard, Choisya ternata is also suitable for hanging baskets.

Originating from Mexico, this scented, white-flowered shrub can grow up to 3 meters (10ft) when placed in the right conditions. So be careful where you place it!

Choisya Ternata scented white flower bush
Choisya Ternata

5. Geranium Macrorrhizum Is a Popular Low Maintenance Plant

Another tough and durable plant that requires minimum maintenance is the Geranium macrorrhizum.

Known as the “Bigroot” (for obvious reasons), this perennial shrub is an excellent choice for those who like bright colors in their gardens without constantly maintaining the plants.

This Bulgarian Geranium looks beautiful and is easy to take care of; its scented purple/pink flowers also give your outdoor space a wonderful aroma. The petals are even used for aromatherapy purposes.

Geranium macrorrhizum looks brilliant in outdoor pots, or you can use them inside hanging baskets.

Purple flowers of Geranium Macrorrhizum
Geranium Macrorrhizum

6. Gaura, Also Known As BeeBlossom, Is One of The Most Beautiful Low Maintenance Plants

Gaura is a great low-maintenance plant that doesn’t need much care. It’s an excellent choice for those with little time to toil in the garden.

Gaura is a beautiful perennial that is typically found in cottage-style gardens. They flower for long periods, from early Summer through to August, and are a great addition to ‘fill out’ flower beds.

As their nickname suggests, they are a popular flower amongst bees and insects and provide a wonderful scent to your garden.

Every gardener will know the importance of having wildlife in the garden, and the BeeBlossom will not only provide color but also attract plenty of insects and birds.

Pink coloured flower of Gaura is another Low maintenance plants
Gaura will add vibrant colors to your garden.

7. Oak Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea Quercifolia)

Originally from the United States, this large shrub can fill out your flower bed.

Oak Leaf Hydrangea leaves are similar to a mighty oak tree, hence its name. 

The large shrub blooms every Spring and is easy to take care of, even if you’re a beginner gardener. In addition, it needs less fertilization than most other plants, saving you money, which is handy if you’re on a tight budget.

Oak leaf hydrangeas don’t need much water and bloom in the Summer. So it’s a good choice if you want some color in your garden during the Summer without having to water it constantly like many other plants.

This hardy plant can withstand most weather conditions and does not succumb to pests and diseases very easily; however, they can get big quickly, so make sure you have space for them in your garden.

Oak Leaf Hydrangea with white flower
Oak Leaf Hydrangeas are extremely resilient.

8. Petunia

Petunias are amongst the most popular annuals to grow in any garden. They add beautiful colors to your garden, bloom for large parts of the year, and smell fantastic; what’s not to love!

In addition to their beautiful appearance, Petunias are very easy to grow, making them a staple for anyone who wishes for a low-maintenance garden.

Petunias are perfect for hanging baskets (pictured below), meaning there are no excuses for not having this plant in your garden, even if you are short on space. They don’t need to be watered frequently, just once a week in the Summer months, and you will get the best out of this remarkably resilient and low maintenance plant.

Hanging basket of purple Petunias as low maintenance plants
Beautiful Petunias are Gardner’s favorite.

9. Larkspur

Larkspur’s distinctive navy blue flower is another excellent addition to any low-maintenance garden. Not only do the colors add to the garden’s beauty and character, but they too are easy to grow and maintain.

The annual grows from seed and can grow even in the warmest climates, requiring minimal moisture. It is perfect for busy people who don’t have much time on their hands during the day.

The Larkspur is excellent for hanging baskets so long as there is good drainage, and they can last well into the Summer months as it blooms early in the year!

Blue flower of Larkspur. Credit: cleanairgardening.com

10. Juneberry (Amelanchier Lamarckii)

Juneberry is a plant that is frequently ignored because it is not as popular, but it’s a great choice if you want beautiful and easy-to-take care, low-maintenance plant.

The Juneberry can grow up to 25ft tall, so make sure you have room for this stunning deciduous shrub, or you may have to get the garden sheers out.

It doesn’t require a lot of fertilization and will grow even in low light conditions. As a result, this durable plant is one of the most popular low-maintenance plants for gardeners. It starts to flower in mid-Spring and provides a subtle fragrance to your garden.

The shrub can grow quickly in the shade, producing berries used in jams and pies unless the pests get to them first!

White flower of Juneberry

11. Stachys Byzantina

Stachys Byzantina, known as Lamb’s Ears for the “woolly” appearance, is a popular low-maintenance perennial.

Like so many on the list, it requires minimal moisture and can grow in most soils as long as it is well-drained. This is a good choice if you have little time to take care of your garden because it complements most gardens and isn’t too competitive, i,e, it won’t take over other plants.

Stachys Byzantina also attracts various insects, including bees, making your garden healthier and allowing many other things to grow. You can use them outside or inside, and you can use them in pots too.

Stachys Byzantina in a beautiful garden
Gaura, Stachys byzantina, Lamb’s ears, Salvia leucantha – Mexican Sage

12. Lily of the Valley

You’ve probably heard of this plant before.

This popular woodland flowering plant does not need a lot of water because it’s such a cool-weather plant.

The bell-shaped, white flowers provide a sweet fragrance to your garden, which you can grow in pots or use without needing to water them very often.

They are a favorite amongst bees and butterflies, making your garden even more beautiful as it is filled with wildlife! But, be warned that these beautiful plants are highly toxic if consumed by humans or animals.

Lily of the Valley white flowers is one of the most popular low maintenance plants

Low Maintenance Plants – Final Thoughts

There you have it – Twelve stunning low-maintenance plants that you can add to your garden today to add more beauty to your garden without adding too much more work.

Add these plants to your garden today, and you will have a beautiful, tranquil garden that you enjoy relaxing in and that you won’t have to maintain all the time.

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