If you love spending time outdoors but aren’t really the green-fingered type then a low maintenance garden is the way to go. Here we will share some of our favourite easy-to-grow plants so you can enjoy a beautiful garden all-year-round, without having to put time and work in. In other words, we’ll make these plants work for you!
Low maintenance garden plants
With so many different plants out there, it can be difficult knowing which to choose. But if it’s a low maintenance garden you want, you need plants that are not only easy to grow but also require very little in the way of nurturing. Take a look at some of our top choices.
Ornamental grass tends to be evergreen and will only need cutting back once a year. It’s great for using as edging and will add structure to your garden. Ornamental grasses are better suited to smaller outdoor spaces than shrubbery, as they have a more minimalist feel and won’t take up as much space.
If you want beautiful flowers in your garden but don’t want to spend a lot of time attending to them, Geraniums are the perfect pick. They can handle the sunshine in the summer and are quite forgiving if you miss the occasional water. If you have time to pull off the dead flowers, then do! They’ll bloom all summer, adding colour and vibrancy to your outdoor space.
Mahonia is a hardy evergreen shrub that can be grown in all soil conditions. It has large prickly leaves and pretty yellow flowers that bloom in winter and early spring. Mahonia is ideal for using at the back of borders and in the corners of your low maintenance garden. Use it as a contrast against other easy-grow plants like grasses and conifers.
If you want to create a tropical-look in your low maintenance garden then the Aucuba is the plant for you. The Aucuba is known for being one of the toughest evergreen shrubs out there. It can withstand everything from full shade and dry soil to the harshest British weather. The leaves are large, with a glossy, leathery like texture, which gives them the tropical look. If pollinated, the female plants will grow small red berries in the autumn, which add a pretty touch.
Lavender is a versatile, evergreen shrub that can be used as edging and bordering for your garden or planted in pots. It’s beautifully fragrant and great for attracting bees and butterflies to your garden. Lavender is pretty low maintenance – it copes well with light and won’t be offended if you miss a watering or two! It’s a must-have for your easy-grow garden.
There are many great things about Fuchsias – they’re easy to grow, pretty robust against the British weather and suitable for gardens of all sizes. There are different varieties available, so you can plant them in beds, pots, as climbers or even in hanging baskets. You’ll get beautiful fairy-like flower displays all through summer and well into the autumn. Hardy (bush-like) Fuchsias are the best for low maintenance gardens. Plant them in moist, well-drained soil and they’ll thrive with little maintenance required.
Bulbs are the gifts that keep on giving. Once you’ve planted them in your beds or pots, they’ll sprout up year after year. We recommend going for a variety of types, so you will get blooms of flowers throughout the year. For a low maintenance garden, look for plants that don’t leave behind a lot of messy foliage after flowering. Here are a few to consider:
- Snowdrops – Beautiful white bell-shaped flowers in the springtime
- Ornamental onion – Summer bulb with onion-shaped mauve flowers
- Crocus – Go for the ‘Ruby Giant’ which is very weather-resistant and a great source of nectar for insects
- Hyacinth – Highly fragrant, stunning outdoor flowers, which are surprisingly hardy
- English Bluebells – Very resilient and able to thrive in damp, shady areas
Who is best suited to a low maintenance garden?
You don’t need an excuse for wanting a low maintenance garden. However, they are particularly well-suited to those who:
- Don’t enjoy gardening
- Don’t have time to garden
- Are new to gardening
- Have physical disabilities and struggle with gardening
- Are elderly
- Are renting or renting out a property
- Have kids and /or pets and want to keep their garden simple
Extra tips for designing a low maintenance garden
- Limit the number of different plant types – It’ll be easier to learn how to take care of fewer plants and spot weeds sprouting up in between!
- Consider lawn alternatives – If you don’t have time to mow, artificial grass is a great alternative to a natural lawn. Paving stones, gravel and decking are also practical options for low maintenance gardens.
- Opt for robust easy-care fencing – If you don’t have time to garden, you’re unlikely to have time re-painting and treating traditional wooden fences. Our decorative metal garden screens are fully weather-resistant and require little-to-no-maintenance. They’ll add style to your low maintenance garden without upping your workload.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our post on easy grow plants and tips for low maintenance gardens and that it’s given you some inspiration for your own outdoor space. If you have any plant recommendations, feel free to share them with others in the comment section below. Got a moment to spare? Share this post on social media!