I’m not the best at growing things, but I do love the idea of these low maintenance plants in this guest post. Maybe even I could make a garden look good.
When it comes to gardening, many of us don’t want to spend our weekends toiling in the soil – we’d much rather be relaxing in a sun lounger just looking at our attractive outdoor space.
This is why low maintenance plants have become so popular with homeowners who want to create an impact in their outdoor space, but also wish to simply pop plants in the ground then not have to worry about them anymore. If you’re a fair weather gardener or simply don’t have the time to be caring for plants as if they were your leafy offspring, here are the best ones to choose:
Shrubs are the easiest flowering plants to introduce to your low maintenance garden and there are numerous hardy varieties that don’t even require assistance during the winter months. Flowering shrubs such as blue Buddleia is great for also attracting insects to your garden, and Spirea and Hydrangea are all excellent additions to your borders and fence linings.
They can help make a big impact when it comes to colour and variety in your outdoor space and can even replace the traditional plants in flower beds. Or, you can pop them in planters that can be easily moved around to mix up the arrangement in your garden.
One of the lowest maintenance plants you can introduce to your garden, grasses come in a wide variety of colours and are a great way of adding texture and interest to your outdoor space without requiring a whole lot of work.
We’re not talking about lawns here of course – which are possibly the worst thing to have in a low maintenance garden, due to the upkeep and care they require – but ornamental varieties that can sit pretty amongst flower beds or rockeries are your best choice. Little Bluestem is a great grass to include: not only is it pretty with shades of purple, red and blue of course featuring in its stems, but it’s extremely resilient too and can grow to three feet tall.
To complement your grasses, alpine plants should also feature in rockeries and are excellent low maintenance options that look great. Heather and succulents work best in the space and will continue to grow and reach out across the area they are planted to create a full coverage of attractive plant life.
Complement these with some sharp gravel between the larger rocks and if you’re feeling adventurous (and perhaps have a spare couple of hours at the weekend) you could even feature seasonal plants throughout the year, swapping them out when the weather changes for new bulbs.
Low maintenance plants are perfect for those gardeners who aren’t interested in spending lots of time with a spade in hand. Choose plants that look great all year round – such as Impatiens that when planted in a bright spot can blossom every month – and enjoy your garden without having to relinquish too much of your time caring for it.