Any homeowner can see the value in beautiful landscaping and a blooming garden. It provides an enjoyable place to hang out, curb appeal, and adds value to the house. It’s also a great hobby for some. At the same time, there are plenty of people who don’t have a green thumb or the time to invest in caring for a garden. When this is the case, low-maintenance, durable plants are your best bet. Here are a few plants to consider if you’re looking to create a long-lasting, hands-off garden.
Host plants are perennials, meaning they come back year after year. Perennials are convenient if you want to plant something once, and not worry about repeating the process next year. As long as they’re in good soil and have an average amount of water, hostas will grow and bloom. They do well in the shade and can fill a spot where sun-craving flowers wouldn’t survive.
Oakleaf Hydrangeas survive throughout the entire year, so your garden will have life no matter the season. Their leaves open up in the spring, their flowers bloom in the summer, and when fall arrives their leaves morph into a brilliant collection of fall colors. You can enjoy shades of gold, maroon, and purple. Oakleaf Hydrangeas can also thrive in any level of sun, hold up during droughts, and survive through the cold.
Hardy geraniums are just that — hearty plants that will last through any climate. They’re perennials, which means they will continue to come back in the spring and summer, making it convenient for those who want a more hands-off garden. They are brightly colored, making your landscape look brilliant without requiring much work. There are so many different colors to choose from, and in addition to their brightly colored flowers, their leaves and foliage provide lots of cover to your garden.
How could we not recommend our namesake plant? Junipers are very low-maintenance, versatile plants. They can grow as tall or as short as you let them, and come in a variety of sizes. They can be used as shrubs or trees, and are convenient to have around the border of your property or house. They can last in a variety of temperatures, making them ideal for households in almost any climate.
With these four plants to start, your landscaping design won’t be hard to take care of. You can get brilliant color, year-long plants, and healthy green coverage in your garden, even without finicky plants that are too hands-on.