A Beautiful Low-maintenance Garden with 10 Easy Flowers
Gardening takes a lot of time and if you want to have a beautiful garden you might have to work at it. But if you also want to spend time doing other things then there is still a way to have a beautiful garden if you plant the right flowers. Perennials are a great way to go and many of them are low maintenance, giving you the time to spend elsewhere, perhaps gardening something else or spending time with family. The following perennials are colorful and lively and will make your garden pop with the different colors they produce:
One of the first perennials that emerge in the spring and they last all the way through fall. This beautiful pink flower adds color and vibrancy. The fragrant scent is a delight to butterflies, which is always peaceful in a lovely garden. It has a tendency to come back each year, making it a reliable star shaped flower. There are even fall versions that are just as beautiful, saving money and time in your garden.
If you want a great flower that has to sit in the background of everything else, then this is your choice. The high stalks are perfect to place in the back of the garden where they can still stand out on their own. Since they stand so tall it makes a perfect addition for any perennial or annual that you want to plant. These come in a variety of colors including orange, pink, red, blue and purple. Another bonus to this flower is that it is drought resistance, so requires little water to flourish. It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies all summer long and birds will eat the seeds later in the year.
A beautiful wide open flower that loves the heat, what more can you ask for. Well how about a little variety, along with the popular yellow color you can also find them in orange, red and pink. They are available as annuals as well as perennials. This makes the upkeep far less than most flowers that you could plant, and far more colorful. A plant that can thrive in the heat is even better since you won’t have to worry about them browning and dying in your yard.
This is not often the first perennial that people talk about so you might have to ask for them. Mostly in purple this unique flower will bring texture to your garden. Purple petals make up the flower with a yellow stamen. The pedals themselves have a different shape than most, similar to tulips. The bonus is that this flower is another that thrives in the heat, with it being drought-tolerant. A bonus is that long after the pedals have wilted away the seed heads are quite attractive as well.
Think of an artichoke with a little bit of color to it, and this is what you will get with this flower. While it looks as pointy, those looks are deceiving. This very forgiving plant can grow in rocky and craggy areas. So if there is a place in your garden that might be difficult to plant in, this plant might be the one you need. It can go days without water, similar to cactus, and it perks right back up once you give it water.
Need some green to the garden instead of all that color, or perhaps to balance it out a little. The Yucca plant might be just your thing, but don’t plant to many of them. One plant can easy take up to five feet of space when they are full grown. A couple might be all you need, with perhaps four or five if you are filling an area. The foliage lasts all year even if the flowers don’t. When it blooms it shows off tall white flowers.
Often considered to be a weed this flower has many bonuses that most don’t. Not only can it flourish in almost any kind of weather, but it will continue to bloom until first frost. Comes in several colors with the most vibrant being yellow and pink.
A hummingbird favorite, the Penstemon comes in Red, White and Purple flowers. While it might seem delicate to look at, it’s actually quite tough. The flowers however bloom only early summer to fall, making them a great perennial for the hotter months. With tubular flowers the best color to choose would be the Husker Red which has reddish foliage and pinkish-white flowers.
While a person might not want to fill a garden with grass (that’s what lawns are for), the ornamental grass is a little different. There are many varieties and you might want to ask your local garden center about what works best in your area. Some of them can get five feet in height, offering a perfect backdrop for any garden. They are also great space fillers, adding texture and color to a weaker spot in your garden.
If you want a little tropical feel to your garden the multi-cluster of flowers from the Lantana is the way to go. In most areas it is only considered to be a perennial, however if you winter it indoors you can keep it going all year round. The abundant flowers make it worth it and are sure to draw the butterflies.