These are the low-maintenance plants you can have in your garden or balcony
You rarely have to worry about whether this low maintenance will come back each year. One of the most reliable growers around, it offers delightful color well into fall. The star-shaped blooms are a treat for butterflies, and fall-blooming varieties offer fuel to monarchs and other late fliers on their journey south.
Why we love it: It’s one of the first perennials to emerge in spring, and then it offers interesting foliage until it begins blooming from late summer through the end of fall.
This drought-tolerant perennial often gets forgotten, but it’s the perfect addition to any wildlife habitat, with flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies all summer long. Late in the season, the seed heads provide food for birds. You can choose just about any flower color you want, with cultivars offering orange, pink, red, purple and blue blooms.
Why we love it: The tall blooms offer a great backdrop to just about any perennial or annual you add to the landscape.
If “More for less” is your motto, yuccas are a must-have. This enormous grower can get up to 5 feet wide, so instead of buying four or five plants for an area, fill the same space with just a couple of yuccas. The spiky leaves are a stunning focal point throughout the season, and tall white flowers bloom in midsummer.
Why we love it: The foliage lasts all season, so the blooms are just a bonus.
4. Ornamental Grass
Never underestimate the power of grasses. They are the perfect garden backdrop, adding texture, color, and fullness to any space. Look for switchgrass (Panicum virgatum, Zones 3 to 9) for splendid fall color and also feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora) for a stately sweep up to 5 feet. Ask local garden center experts for a grass recommendation, too, since they’ll know what works best in your area.
Why we love it: It doesn’t matter what your style is, there’s an ornamental grass to fit any garden space.
5.Santa Barbara daisy
The tiny white and pink flowers make a great border accent when planted in the forefront of tall grasses.
6. Snake Plant
This plant is perfect for the forgetful type because it can survive neglect for weeks at a time. Not only is it pretty, but it can benefit your health too since it improves indoor air quality. If the snake plant had a motto it might be “you’re welcome.”
Sure, you’re probably familiar with its medicinal properties, but aloe plants make wonderful home décor too. It’s another succulent, so it does well in dry conditions. The key to making your aloe thrive is making sure it gets plenty of indirect sunlight.
This plant will not only bring luck into your home but also some bright green coloring and even pops of white with its little flowers. These guys are easy to care for, but they have a few specific requirements like cool temperatures and lots of fresh air.
9. ‘Silk Road’ Orienpet lily
Tall, fragrant, and colorful, with remarkable health and vigor, ‘Silk Road’ is a standout among the new breeds of Orienpet lilies. Dozens of flamboyant, 6-inch-wide, red-and-white blooms atop its sturdy 6- to 7-foot-tall stalks in July and August. Tall lilies, such as ‘Silk Road’, offer loads of color and fragrance without taking up much space. Give the big bulbs fertile soil and good drainage, then stand back and watch them increase in size and number from season to season.
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10. ‘Primrose Heron’ lambs’ ears
Lambs’ ears are beloved for its fuzzy silver foliage, but ‘Primrose Heron’ adds a vibrant twist with its gold-to-chartreuse leaves that shimmer brightly beneath a layer of white down. ‘Primrose Heron’ is a snap to grow, and a few of these moderate spreaders will quickly form a dense, weed proof ground cover or edge planting. It’s especially attractive combined with blue or violet Siberian iris.