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.
Low Maintenance Flower Gardening
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 for your low maintenance 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 your low maintenance all year around 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 flower garden, you need to choose low maintenance year around plants that can grow year-round with minimal input from you.
Choose “set it and forget it” plants like:
Astilbe: This hardy, low-maintenance plant is excellent for shady places and in drought conditions making these garden plants a good choice for many.
These low-maintenance perennials feature clustered blooms in different colors of muted pink flowers and reds. They add beautiful color to any small garden with little maintenance and minimal maintenance required.
Coreopsis: These daisy-like bright yellow flowers bloom in the early summer and the fall. These low maintenance perennials grow between one and three feet tall.
They are also deer resistant and drought tolerant, so they’ll still survive even if you miss watering them for a day or two. Making this beautiful flower great for dry conditions.
Echinacea purpurea: Most commonly known as purple coneflower are reliable plants and 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, making these perennial plants great for dry summers.
These flowering plants take little effort and are also very drought tolerant, making them the perfect plants.
Hens-and-chicks: Also called Sempervivum tectorum, this low maintenance plant 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 or rock gardens. They are very forgiving, and they can go for days with little water or even without water.
Making these drought-tolerant plants the right plants for the summer months.
Once established, they require simple maintenance. You only need to fertilize them in the early spring.
Ostrich Fern: Known for their feathery bright green leaves, these can add beautiful texture to your low-maintenance garden flowers.
They can tolerate partial to full shade. Beware, though, that they can spread aggressively.
Lily of the Valley
Lily of the Valley: This low maintenance flower has beautiful blooms of dainty white bells that can grow even when tucked in full shade and only take easy care.
More low maintenance flowers:
- Black-eyed susan
- Hardy geranium
- Russian sage
- Coral bells
- Siberian iris
- Rose of sharon
- Blanket flower
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Make Watering Simple
It goes without saying that plants need water to survive. However, in low maintenance flower beds or 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 low maintenance garden beds 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 low maintenance garden and compete for resources 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 low maintenance flower bed or garden and still not have to give it too much thought.
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