Have you ever wanted to raise plants but you’re too busy, or you have too many responsibilities? If not, have you been looking for the perfect plants to use in your resthouse that don’t need regular care? Then, you’ve come to the right place.
There is a stigma that taking care of plants can be tiring and requires a lot of responsibility, like taking care of a baby. While this may be true at times, the needs of plants differ for each kind. There are also plants that we classify as low-maintenance. These are plants that don’t need much care and can easily adapt to whatever environment they’re in. They don’t die easily too, and you won’t need to check on them all the time. It doesn’t make low-maintenance any less special, though. These plants still show you the beauty of nature and give you the privilege to live with it without additional hassle. Low-maintenance plants are perfect for busy people or for those who don’t get to visit their plants often.
Though there are tons of different kinds of low-maintenance plants, here are ten of them that you’d surely want to plant in your garden.
Lavandula or Lavender is a genus of the Lamiaceae mint family. Low-maintenance, it smells good, it looks beautiful, this plant has it all! Very flexible, this plant grows both indoor and outdoor, and it also doesn’t matter if it’s potted or directly planted on some grassland. To care for a lavender plant, it essentially only needs two things: good sun and good soil moisture. Lavender needs to be exposed to a good amount of sunlight for it to grow. It’s best if the whole plant receives sunlight for the plant to grow uniformly. For moisture, you don’t have to water it regularly for the soil not to be overly wet. You may also allow the soil to dry up a little in between waterings, but don’t let it parch. With these two things, you’re good to go! Your garden will be smelling like lavenders in no time.
Another aromatic, low-maintenance plant, Rosmarinus Officinalis or Rosemary, comes from the same family as the lavender. Like lavender, rosemary is also pretty flexible and grows both indoors and outdoors. Though, they can’t stand extremely cold temperatures and are moved in during winter. Potting helps with this, as it allows gardeners to easily move the plant inside. Rosemaries also like being exposed to some sunlight and prefer higher temperatures. It is also advised that their soil be kept on the drier side. Of course, they would still need to be watered thoroughly at times, to not parch the soil. With this, your garden would look beautiful with rosemary’s unique yet charming leaves, and smell even better because of its aroma.
- Choisya Ternata
Also known as Mexican Orange Blossom, Choisya Ternata is a shrub-type plant belonging to the family Rutaceae. It can also grow both in and out, but, since it is a shrub type, it can grow too big to fit indoors. So, it is preferred that Mexican orange blossoms are planted outside. The same reasoning goes for potting this plant. Like the previously mentioned plants, Mexican orange blossoms also like warmer temperatures but can tolerate whatever, just not freezing temperatures. It also needs some sunlight and watering. For the sunlight, full sun or partial shade would do. For watering, depending on what season you’re in, summer requires more watering while winter requires minimal. Either way, you just have to maintain good moisture without overwatering it nor drying the soil too much. That’s it! Follow these, and beautiful, white flowers are to fill your garden.
Sedum is actually a large genus of flowering succulents and is also commonly known as stonecrop plants. One known type of sedum is the rose carpet plant. Rose carpets need full sun or partial shade and are usually placed outside. But, they can be potted or planted among rocks and soil. They aren’t as sensitive when it comes to soil moisture, so very minimal watering is enough. It can also withstand strong temperatures and are not as sensitive, but it would still be best to protect them during extremely cold temperatures. Rose carpets also bloom beautiful flowers during spring and autumn, which is something you should look forward to. And, all done! Now, you also have beautiful succulent leaves in your garden.
Broom plants, or genus Cytisus, are a group of low-maintenance shrub plants that make you feel the summer season. There are different types of broom plants, one of them being Cytisus. Since these are shrubs and they generally grow bigger, they are usually placed outside, planted directly on the soil. These plants also live best under full sun, but their blooming usually starts during colder seasons like autumn and winter. This type of broom plant also likes acidic soil with just enough moisture. Cytisus broom plants have other sub-types but generally have the same care procedures. One of the varieties of this plant is called Cytisus ‘Burkwoodii’ which grows crimson flowers by the end of spring. They also grow relatively tall. That’s all for broom plants that will surely add life to your garden!
- Geranium macrorrhizum
Geranium macrorrhizum, or more commonly known as Bigroot Geranium, is a beautiful perennial plant from the Geranium family. This is a low-maintenance plant and can tolerate any environment, whether full shade, partial shade, or full sun. But, it grows best under full sun. It’s also a plant that spreads but is still easy to take care of. There isn’t much to do about this plant too, other than maintain its soil’s good moisture, without overwatering. This plant can also survive most temperatures and whatever situation it’s faced with, ensuring a lasting relationship with its owner. With just that, you’ll have pretty perennials in your garden which will be a good sight to see.
Gaura lindheimeri or Gaura is a low-maintenance perennial plant that grows pretty flowers and blooms for a long time. Gaura grows best under the full sun but it can also grow in partially shaded areas. It’s not as needy, too, when it comes to watering. As long as the soil is well-drained and has good moisture, gauras will continue to grow. So, only minimal watering is needed. It also thrives even in poor soil, so it doesn’t need additional fertilizers. Gauras also have different types that vary in the colors the flowers have. There’s white with pink, bright pink, pink with pink, rose pink, and white. But, caring for all these varieties remains the same. And, with that, gauras would fill your garden with its beautiful flowers.
Amelanchier lamarkii or juneberry is a low-maintenance shrub-type plant that produces delicious berries. Juneberries only need full sun or partial shade, and acidic soils with good moisture and you’re good to go. It does relatively grow tall and wide as a shrub, so it’s definitely an outdoor plant that needs to be directly planted on some soil. It’s best planted during fall and spring and the fruits, as the name suggests, ripen around June to July. This plant is also pest and disease-free, so it’s easy to maintain. And. that’s all the basics you need to know in growing this plant in your garden and harvesting good berries.
- Seaside daisy
Seaside daisy or Erigeron karvinskianus is a flowering perennial plant that’s easy to take care of and does not die easily. It’s also known as Mexican daisies and it has beautiful flowers. It thrives best under full sun, but it can also tolerate some shade. It can also be potted or placed directly on outdoor grass. It’s not that sensitive to watering too, as long as its soil does not completely dry out. It grows best in quick-draining soil and well-drained soil. It also stands strong against extreme temperatures and as said before, they don’t easily die. With that, beautiful daisies are to fill your morning view of the garden.
- Verbena bonariensis
Last but not the least, Verbena bonariensis is a tall perennial plant that only needs minimal care. This tall plant only needs two things: full sun and soil with good moisture. It’s also best under chalky well-drained soil and only requires minimal watering. It’s not as needy and can survive most temperatures as long as you keep the moisture of the soil healthy. And with that, you’re all set to plant these on your garden.
That’s the end of the list! These are 10 of the many low-maintenance plants you can put in your garden to make it look more beautiful and special without additional hassle and hardships. Perfect for novice gardeners, busy people, vacation houses, or whatever, and whoever it may be, low-maintenance plants would always be your hassle-free key to experiencing and being one with nature.