Gardening is a great way to highlight your home, add value to your yard and express yourself with your choice of bursting blossoms and elegant greens. However, it doesn’t need to be something that requires a lot of work. With low-maintenance plants, your garden will thrive without the hassle of constant yard work.
More than just a gift from loved ones, flowers invite butterflies into your yard while also protecting the soil from runoff and brightening up your home. While checking to see which plants are native to your area is a good first step at finding foliage that will easily grow in your yard, there are a number of flowering plants, like marigolds and Russian sage, that are resilient and can live nearly everywhere and will last, no matter what the weather may bring.
If you’d like to bring beautiful flowers indoors, opt for hibiscus to decorate your home with their plate-sized blooms, or paint your home in pastels with 'Bright Eyes' garden phlox and breathe in their sweet fragrance in an indoor floral display.
For flowering beauty year-round, line walkways and patios with Knock Out rose bushes and cosmos for a beautiful sidewalk that is easy to grow and keep. For a stunning visual display, Elegant Candy daylilies also blossom all year round. For flowers that are smaller, but still vibrant, try butterfly weed or spider flower.
Find peace in a garden that boasts non-blooming foliage. This option is ideal if you have allergies or just want to have a chic yard that doesn’t need much supervision. Succulents, such as aloe and Echeveria, are strong plants that are easy to care for and maintain. Grow your own desert delight with cacti, like the Pincushion Cactus and Crown of Thorns, or try adding Snake plant - all three can take an all-weather beating and be left alone without withering. If subtlety is the name of your game, spread hens and chicks (Sempervivum) near walkways as an accent to your stunning landscape.
Trees and shrubbery go a long way in creating the atmosphere of a home and adding shady places to relax on hot days. These low-maintenance options are mainstays because they are not overly prone to damage or pests. Invest in Japanese barberry trees and river birch to add color and character to your yard. Or, add lace shrubs around your patio and sidewalks to spruce up the areas around your home with small, flowering branches.
Dwarf hinoki false cypress and summersweet are also great bushes with a bit of flair. Burning bush shrubs add a burst of red to your yard that’s sure to dazzle. Finally, add dieffenbachia or Jack Frost brunnera around your home for a dramatic flash of green gradient, letting the large, vibrant leaves say it all.
Whatever you want your dream garden to be, try out these low-maintenance plants to spruce up your home and create a stunning garden without worrying about having to babysit your seedlings. From trees and bushes to giant blossoms and unique blooms, find your flower fantasy and get growing today!