Low Maintenance Plants

Low Maintenance Plants

Gardening can be hard work and time consuming which is fine if you enjoy it. But low maintenance plants and flowers can deliver a great garden for little effort. Here’s our top ten suggestions for low maintenance plants and flowers to save the trouble of even thinking about them. All are chosen for low maintenance. Plants that are disease resistant only, have been chosen. And by low maintenance plants we mean everything to do with upkeep. We’ve chosen only low maintenance plants that survive reasonable drought, other adverse weather conditions and which can tolerate some attention from pets and children in the garden

And choosing low maintenance plants doesn’t mean choosing second best. It just means limiting choice a little. Low maintenance plants which survive are better in appearance than high maintenance ones that don’t and in many cases popular low maintenance plants are better anyway. That’s why they’re so popular and well known.  In fact most of the flowers we know best are low maintenance plants. The two principle first considerations however are to check whether any plants is suited to the soil and the locations it intended for

Alliums

Alliums

 Alium

Alium are striking colourful low maintenance plants with spherical floral heads. Some (the variety ‘Globemaster’ for example) can easily grow to four or even five inches in diameter. These low maintenance plants flower in the Autumn and have a garlic scent. Alium prefers well drained soil, thrives in full sun and are the ideal low maintenance plants for borders and beds

Aster

Aster

Aster

As low maintenance plants go Asters are amongst the lowest. They’re the ideal low maintenance plants for herbaceous or mixed borders. Asters look like giant daisies but in the wrong colour. They flower from the middle of the summer through to Autumn. Asters like good well drained soil and thrive in full sun. They also make good cutting flowers so are low maintenance plants to enhance both the garden and the dining table

Ivy

Ivy

Ivy

Ivy plants are the ideal low maintenance plants for a vertical garden and create the perfect environment for mixing in with floral climbing low maintenance plants. Ivy plants  are the ideal choice of low maintenance plants for climbing over fencing, up trellises and walls and maintain a consistent appearance all year round. Ivy is content in sun, half shade or full shade and will grow in most soils, although it grows best if the soil is well drained. Apart from being low maintenance plants, Ivy plants offer an ideal habitat for wild life so you may find yourself with a selection of ‘no maintenance pets’ in the garden all year round as well. Ivy produces berries which attract small birds in the winter and nectar gathering insects when it’s warmer

Verbena

Verbena

Verbena

Verbena are fast growing annual low maintenance plants which provide excellent ground cover. It spreads easily. Usually burgundy coloured these low maintenance plants look best mixed with some other contrasting or complimentary coloured low maintenance plants. Verbena flowers in summer and autumn, grows best in full sun and thrives in any type of well drained soil

 

 

 

Pampas grass

Pampas grass

Pampas Grass

Pampas grass is one of the all year round low maintenance plants that becomes a permanent fixture of any garden. It does like full sun but isn’t fussy about the type of soil although it needs to be well drained. Pampas grass has a varied appearance all year round so fulfils the function of several low maintenance plants throughout the year. Plants should be divided around April (give or take a month) and can be cut and dried for placement in flower arrangements. Pampas Grass is even one of the few low maintenance plants (or indeed any plants) that can be decorative in the garden in the frost. Frost settles on the plant giving it a wintery appearance. Pampas grass’s height gives added movement in the garden and it mixes in with other low maintenance plants, particularly shrubs and perennials

Lavender

Lavender

Lavender

Lavender plants grow well in any herb garden and can act as low maintenance plants to form a kind of small hedge. Lavender plants make suitable low maintenance plants for use as evergreen additions to borders and are one of the low maintenance plants which are most drought resistant. Its fragrance is lavender’s most sought after feature and it works well near the door or by paths so that the scent can be enjoyed. Lavender plants however are low maintenance plants that grow best in the full sun and like alkaline soil. So any garden with a clay soil needs added organic matter and gravel added to it to improve the drainage.

Hostas

Hostas

Hosta

Although low maintenance plants in themselves Hosta’s are prone to slug attack Protection can be gained by mulching over to dissuade the slugs from venturing over the mulch to the plants. Alternatively the various slug repellent and extermination remedies can be applied. Apart from the slugs Hostas are the lowest of low maintenance plants. They tolerate partial shade well, and are also suitable low maintenance plants for patio pots and tubs. They produce attractive green leaves with white trims and lilac flower spikes in the summer. They’re also suitable low maintenance plants for most types of soil but need good nutrient content. So a nutrient fertiliser needs to be applied between March and early summer

Sedum

Sedum

Sedum

Sedum are remarkably easy to grow low maintenance plants and ‘butterfly magnet’ sedums even tolerate droughts. These low maintenance plants have star shaped flowers in clusters which look like broccoli. The flowers can change from light to a deeper pink in the autumn. Sedum likes sun and any type of well drained soil. The ground coverage of these low maintenance plants can be expanded throughout the garden by taking cuttings is early summer

Geranium

Geranium

Geraniums

Geraniums are low maintenance plants that flower for months on end. They’re resilient and hardy as well as being low maintenance plants. They start to flower after the start of summer and carry on until towards the end of autumn. Geraniums are low maintenance plants that tolerate all soil types and thrive in partial shade or full sun. They work well as low maintenance plants mixed with holly but are also suitable low maintenance plants to provide ground cover

Snow drops

Snow drops

Snowdrops

There’s a common myth that these low maintenance plants routinely flower when the snow is on the ground. In fact they don’t start flowering until late spring and carry on in early summer. Snowdrops are low maintenance plants which thrive in any soil type, in the sun or in partial shade. They’re also suitable low maintenance plants for ground cover. Snowdrops however have an unfortunate disadvantage. Snowdrops are poisonous and although low maintenance plants they may result in high maintenance pets and children. But it’s highly unlikely that serious illness let alone death would occur, even from eating snowdrops, but nausea and vomiting has been known. The worst cases apparently occur when people mistake the low maintenance plants’ bulbs for onions. But it doesn’t seem likely that anyone would eat sufficient snowdrop bulbs to suffer significant upset, although a dog might. On the other hand snowdrops have been mooted as a cure for Alzheimer’s and one ancient recipe adds them to porridge as a substitute for honey. The flowers must have some attraction however because they’re are popular with wild birds and chickens. Best however to regard them as low maintenance plants for decorative purposes only