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6 Low Maintenance Plants for Gardeners

Low Maintenance Plants

Whether you’re venturing into gardening for the first time or you have a history of being a plant-killer, we’ve got a list of low maintenance plants you’re going to love. While not everyone is destined to grow rare orchids, this list of low maintenance outdoor plants can help take the guesswork out of gardening so you can have more fun and stress less.

 

Coneflower

This beautiful flower has been known to grow up to five feet high and two feet wide. They thrive best in well-drained soil and love full sun, but will also do well in partial shade. Coneflowers come in a variety of shades including pink, purple, white, yellow, green, orange, and crimson. This flower will attract birds, bees, and butterflies to your garden, and make a beautiful cut flower addition to your centerpieces.

Caring for Coneflowers

In spring, place a thin layer of compost then mulch around the plants to prevent weeds and keep the plant moist. Water regularly throughout the summer if your garden gets less than an inch of rain each week. To prolong blooming, cut off dead and faded flowers as necessary.

Petunia

In the past petunias were dreadfully difficult to keep alive, but today’s hybrid breeds are not only just as stunning as ever, but much easier to care for. Loving full sun or partial shade, these beautiful flowers come in a variety of colors and are super easy to care for. These plants are perfect for those who are a bit forgetful and can take a few days of not being watered.

Caring for Petunias

Petunias can be watered just once per week when planted in the ground, though spreading or container breeds will need to be watered more often. To ensure lots of flowers and healthy growth, you might consider fertilizing your petunias once per month. To prolong blooming, cut off dead and faded flowers as necessary.

Yarrow

Offering a bright yellow flower and small buds, yarrow is a beautifully carefree plant that’s perfect for the first time gardener. This perennial plant has fern-like foliage and can come in a variety of shades including red, pink, and yellow. They love and attract butterflies and make for a perfect Bouq addition.

Caring for Yarrow

Each spring, place a thin layer of compost then mulch around the plants, and regularly water in areas that get less than an inch of rain per week during the summer months. You can plant yarrow from tip cuttings by simply taking a cutting, adding a bit of growth hormone (from your local gardening store), and planting in spring or early summer.

Daylily

Daylilies are probably one of the easiest plants to grow for the first-time gardener because they are incredibly hardy and can survive in a variety of situations. Whether you have good or bad soil, full sun or partial shade, the daylily can survive and thrive.

Caring for Daylily

The distinctive star-shaped plant attracts everything from butterflies to hummingbirds and requires minimal care. Simply water regularly throughout the summer if your area gets less than one inch of rain each week. To prolong and increase blooming, cut off dead and faded flowers as necessary.

Hosta

Easy to grow, beautiful to look at, hostas come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. The most common hosta has a bright green and light green foliage that is low to the ground, with lavender, white, or purple blooms in the summer. Shade-loving and low-maintenance, hostas are absolutely perfect for the first-time gardener.

Caring for Hosta

When they emerge in spring, apply a slow-release fertilizer. Keep the soil around the plant nice and moist but not overly wet. Mulch around the plant to help the roots maintain moisture, and remove flower stalks after they’ve bloomed for new blooms to grow.

Zinnia

Brightly colored, a height of about three feet, and blooms that last through to the first frost of the season, zinnias are a fast favorite for gardeners of all skill level. With a variety of breeds available, you can find zinnias that are drought and disease resistant, which make them an easy pick for the first-time gardener.

Caring for Zinnia

Keep the soil around the plant moist, but not wet. Fertilize lightly when planting, and cut off blooms to prolong the flowering season. Zinnias are an annual plant and will die when the first frost hits.

 

For those looking for a short-term commitment to the love and care of a beautiful plant, a beautiful floral display could be the next best thing. At The Bouqs Company, we handle all of your flower delivery needs.

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