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10 low maintenance plants that can grow all year round

20th Dec '21 • By Shreya Kulkarni

Looking for a low-maintenance garden that will not take hours of your time every week? When you have the right plants that are easy to grow you don't have to do much to maintain them. Here are ten of the variety of low-maintenance plants that will make your life very easy

Let's face it: you adore your garden. However, it is pleasant to sit outside and rest knowing that your plants will survive (and thrive) even on days when you'd rather relax. Thankfully, not every plant necessitates the world's greenest thumb or hours of your free time to properly water, fertilize, or care for it. In spite of the ever-changing environment, a well-crafted landscape design will grow with you throughout the seasons. And picking the proper plants is the first step in creating a low-maintenance landscape. 

Prior to choosing easy-to-grow plants for your landscape, you might want to consider getting an experienced gardener to help you prepare and set up your garden before you plant your plants. A gardener can also provide you with daily essential gardening services that you might need if you are busy or having a hard time finding free hours to facilitate your garden. You can get free gardener quotes to get the best gardening services deals in your area.

Planting easy-to-grow plants and establishing a well-maintained garden is one of the best ways to add value to your home. This garden you are about to have will increase the value of your property while improving the quality of your life. But even though you have low-maintenance plants, you still need regular gardening services. Regarding this matter, you might want to know how much it costs to hire a gardener and get an estimated cost of the regular service you need. Here are ten of the variety of low-maintenance plants that will make your life very easy

  1. Birthday Candles

Banksia spinulosa or birthday candles is ideal for small gardens and rockeries that can do without water from time to time, so there's no need to blow out these birthday candles. This evergreen native shrub has lush green foliage and stunning golden-yellow flowers that resemble upright candles in the autumn and winter.

Expect an abundance of native fauna, bees, nectar-eating birds, and butterflies in your garden if you plant this hardy and frost-tolerant plant with stunning blossoms.

Planting Tip: Water once or twice a week until the plant is grown, then water as needed.

  1. Native Violet

Native violets are a charming ground cover that thrives in various circumstances, from the sun to full shade. With kidney-shaped leaves and white viola-shaped flowers with mauve centres as your carpet, this sturdy native plant requires no maintenance and may even handle light foot activity.

Plant in a sunny to a shady area in loose, free-draining soil with little attention other than a little watering.

Planting Tip: Water the plant frequently during the first 12 weeks or until it has been grown, as well as during dry periods. Feed with liquid fertilizer once a month for luxuriant coverage during the spring and summer.

  1. Limonium Blue

Limonium blue flourishes as a frost-tender, salt-tolerant plant near the Mornington Peninsula's beautiful shoreline when other plants wilt.

This versatile plant produces clusters of tiny, deep mauve papery flowers in long sprays and creates a low-growing mound of foliage, which can relieve you of your backyard tasks as decorative greenery.

Planting Tip: This low-maintenance landscape design plant thrives in a shady, sunny spot with well-drained, wet soil. To enhance longer blossoming, remove spent flowers.

  1. Indian Hawthorn

This robust plant features relaxing dark green foliage that provides depth to your outdoor space, as well as blooms that blossom in the spring and add a splash of colour. You may relax knowing your yard is as attractive as hardy, as there are no special pests or diseases.

Although the highlighted types are naturally compact, plants can be softly clipped to keep a rounded form or used as a hedge after flowering.

Planting Tip: This shrub requires no particular care and thrives in both sunny and somewhat shady locations. Water newly planted plants and those in pots regularly, especially when the weather is dry. Although shrubs are drought tolerant once established in the garden, they benefit from occasional irrigation during dry summers.

  1. Creeping Boobialla

This resilient native ground cover is dense with velvety wide green foliage and an abundance of white flowers from late spring to early October.

This plant also helps control weeds, so you can spend less time digging in the dirt and more time admiring the look of your yard. Creeping boobialla is great for ground cover or trailing down embankments to control weeds in difficult-to-reach spots.

This low-maintenance landscaping plant also attracts birds, so you'll be able to appreciate Australia's flora and fauna as well.

Planting Tip: It prefers to be in full light. Plant in well-draining, organic-rich soil. Mulch and water regularly until the plant is established.

  1. Lime Tuff

This hardy plant, native to Australia, is ideal for bulk planting to suppress weeds and save time in the garden.

This is a hybrid of three kinds, with beautiful tufty brilliant green foliage and cream flower spikes in the spring. It is highly vigorous and hardy, as are all mongrels. This plant also aids in the stabilization of eroding soils, providing you with a garden workhorse that can survive drought on those days when you'd rather go to the beach than grab the water.

Planting Tip: Adaptable to soil type and planting location. Mulch and water the plant regularly until it is established, which takes around 12 weeks.

  1. Blue Bugle

With green-purple leaves and soft violet flower spikes that shoot up in spring, the blue bugle is a perfect groundcover alternative with a startling diversity of colours.

You won't have to find time to clip this resilient flower back in the spring or deadhead it because it's a low-maintenance plant with a tiny stature. Even better, the ability of this plant to limit weed development will allow you to spend a few more hours in the yard.

Its dense spreading growth habits and ability to recover dead foliage in the spring are like having a garden on autopilot, able to endure anything from full sun to total shade.

Planting Tip: Plant in a partially shaded region of your garden and water regularly until the plant establishes itself (approx. 12 weeks).

  1. Blue Chalk

Blue chalk is an exotic and gorgeous groundcover or garden border that produces a unique and distinctive shade of frosted blue.

If you don't have time to bring out the hose, this is a low-maintenance plant that you will not mind. Once established, it can withstand drought and requires little water during the growing season.

You get bright colours from a low-growing succulent ideal for rock gardens or any dry location. Win-win.

Planting Tip: While new plants require more regular watering (once a week throughout the first spring and summer), mature plants can be soaked fully every three to four weeks, albeit the soil must be entirely dry between watering sessions.

  1. Coral Bells

Heuchera or coral bells form orderly clumps with lovely foliage and blooms that bloom continuously.

It is adaptable to a wide range of climates and situations, except for the coldest (even chilly Victorian mornings). You'll have year-round foliage to appreciate with this easy-care plant that comes in a variety of colours (from deep purple to exquisite burgundy and chocolate brown).

Planting Tip: Deadhead after flowering to encourage a second flush of blooms. You can cut spent flowers to encourage new blooms, but no more care is necessary on your part.

  1. Fringe Flower

This plant would be a robust, low-maintenance plant for you if trimming were never your favourite garden pastime. Although it isn't usually necessary to prune this plant, you can give it a light trim after flowering to help it maintain its desired form. With its tall, dense growth and oval leaves, you'll be able to enjoy rich pinky-brown colours all year long without having to worry about forgetting to get out the garden hose.

Expect bright pink tassel flowers over the spring and summer months, with the best location in a sunny or partly shaded area with morning or afternoon sun.

Planting Tip: Plant in full sun to part shade at any time. Water thoroughly when growing, then don't worry if you forget to water once the plant is mature but be careful not to dry out.


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