Low Maintenance Flower Gardening
Everyone wants to have a beautiful garden teeming with colorful flowers and lush greenery. But sometimes, the time and effort needed to accomplish this can be more than we think. Between weeding, deadheading, digging, and watering, just the upkeep can take hours and hours. The truth is most of us are already busy with daily chores and errands so maintaining a garden can be a bit too much to even think about.
But don’t worry! You can still enjoy an elegantly gorgeous garden complete with bright flowers all year-round without breaking a sweat. Today, we’ll be talking about how you can maintain a low maintenance flower garden full of perennials with total ease!
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Pick the Right Spot to Plant
The first step to setting up a low maintenance garden is giving your plants the right home. If you have the yard space, then, by all means, use it but if you don’t, you can always turn to container gardening. Work with the space you have and remember the key here is allocating enough space for your plants to grow and thrive without overgrowing or spreading in areas where you don’t want them.
Get to know the type of garden soil you have and the light conditions in the area. This way, you can easily pick plants that will thrive in your garden.
Pick Hardy Perennials
Avoid finicky plants that require a lot of time and attention. If you want to keep a low-maintenance garden, you need to choose plants that can grow year-round with minimal input from you. Choose “set it and forget it” plants like:
- Astilbe: These hardy plants are great for shady places They feature clustered blooms of muted pinks and reds and they add beautiful color to any small garden with minimal maintenance required.
- Creopsis: These daisy-like flowers bloom in the summer and in the fall. They grow between one and three feet tall. They are also drought tolerant so they’ll still survive even if you miss watering them for a day or two.
- Echinaea: Coneflowers come in a wide variety of colors ranging from sunny yellows to warm rust reds to delicate pinks. They only grow two to four feet tall and they can tolerate drought well.
- Salvia: Sage plants are very low maintenance once they are established. This fragrant herb has towering clusters of blooms in purple and lavender. They are also very drought tolerant.
- Hens-and-chicks: Also called Sempervivum tectorum, these plants feature rosette-like leaves and they can grow in a wide variety of places. You can plant them in shallow containers or in rocky areas of your yard. They are very forgiving and they can go for days without water.
- Hosta: These plants can tolerate both full sun and deep shade. They are known for their foliage which ranges from creamy white to chartreuse, to deep blue. Once established, they require simple maintenance. You only need to fertilize them in the spring.
- Ostrich Fern: Known for their feathery leaves, these can add beautiful texture to a low-maintenance flower garden. They can tolerate partial to full shade. Beware though that they can spread aggressively.
- Lily of the Valley: These plants bloom dainty white bells that can grow even when tucked in full shade.
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Make Watering Simple
It goes without saying that plants need water to survive. However in a low maintenance flower garden, you need all the efficiency you can get so even if you forget to take out the watering can, your plants can still be happy.
Try using a drip irrigation system with a timer so you don’t have to worry about manually watering your plants. You can also use a soaker hose placed below a layer of mulch to keep the soil in your garden moist.
Alternatively, you can also use a water wand to extend the reach of your hose and to make the watering process quicker.
Don’t Forget to Mulch
Apart from daily watering, one of the most time-consuming (and back-ache inducing) aspects of gardening is removing weeds. These pesky things can overpower your garden and compete for resources that your plants need to grow healthy.
The good news is you can always add a two-inch layer of mulch to prevent weeds from growing. Moreover, mulch also helps retain moisture in your soil so you don’t have to worry about your plants drying out.
As you can see gardening doesn’t have to be hard if you plan it right in the beginning. You can have a gorgeous garden and still not have to give it too much thought.
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