If you have a garden or backyard, you probably love the idea of it being a lush heaven, full of beautiful flowers and verdant shrubbery. But let’s face it: not everyone has green fingers! That’s where low-maintenance flowering plants come in.
Low-maintenance plants bloom beautifully, look amazing both in a pot and in a border, but don’t require you to have a degree in horticulture. Pick the right plants, and you can create a beautiful garden with a lot less effort. Here’s a list of the best low-maintenance flowering plants to help you get started.
If you were to ask any gardener “What flowering plant can I add to my garden that I won’t kill?”, the answer will most likely be marigolds.
One of the main reasons marigolds are such low-maintenance plants is the fact that they can thrive in serious heat and through major droughts. And you know what that means: you can even ‘forget’ to water them and they will still be fine!
Marigolds come in different colours, but for a gorgeous impact on your greenery, go for the classic gold.
Daylilies are absolutely beautiful and don’t require special attention at all. All you need to do is water them a little, and then leave them alone to bask in the sunlight. In fact, just like marigolds, daylilies can survive droughts as well.
Daylilies may be short-lived blooms, but that doesn’t mean the display is gone in a flash. One bloom lasts a single day, but the plant will continue to produce more and more flowers.
3. Dwarf Daffodils
Dwarf daffodils are also called ‘tete-a-tete’ daffodils, and there are several reasons why you will love them.
First of all, dwarf daffodils are one of the first flowers to bloom in spring, so they’re a fantastic way to create an early display of colour. Also, you just plant the bulbs and let them do the rest of the work year after year – but don’t forget to make a note of where you plant them to avoid accidentally digging them up before they flower!
Daffodils have a lot to offer when it comes to scent too; just imagine sitting on the veranda of your summerhouse sipping iced tea and being enveloped in the sweet aroma. An added bonus is that the bulbs are poisonous when it comes to mice and moles, which means they act as a natural pest repellent.
4. Mexican sunflower
Did you know that Mexican sunflowers don’t actually belong to the sunflower family? But they bear the same name because they definitely look like a miniature sunflower, the difference being the bright orange colour.
The good news is that it’s just as easy to grow a Mexican sunflower as it is to grow a normal one. Plant the seeds and you’re pretty much done. Plus they will attract pollinating insects such as butterflies and bees to your garden.
You have definitely seen these pink beauties around, they come in different shades of pink from hot neon to pastel, and they look a little like painted daisies.
Cosmos are one of the easiest flowering plants out there. All you need to do is sprinkle the seeds in your garden and allow them to come up. They will bloom for months if you keep removing the dead flower heads, and the abundance of flowers means you can snip a bunch of stems to enjoy indoors without reducing the plant’s impact in the garden.
If the rose is the king of all flowers, then the peony is definitely the queen with it’s show-stopping blooms. Peonies are actually very easy to grow, and plants can thrive and blossom for decades. They’re very resistant to drought too, which is good news if you tend to neglect the watering. It’s worth mentioning that peonies can attract ants, so if you’re already battling them in the garden this may be one to avoid!
7. Russian sage
At first glance, you could be forgiven for mistaking Russian Sage for lavender, because it looks very similar. And as much as we all adore lavender, you might be better off with Russian Sage when it comes to low-maintenance flowering plants.
Russian sage is super-resistant to drought, and can withstand pretty much any insect that comes its way, which avoids the need for chemical sprays. Plus it grows in almost any kind of soil, so it’s more or less guaranteed to thrive in your garden.
Have you ever considered growing snowdrops in your garden? As far as low-maintenance flowering plants go, it’s doesn’t really get any easier than these stars of the spring garden.
Snowdrops are perfectly happy fending for themselves in woodlands, and they can thrive just as well in your garden with minimum supervision. Not to mention the fact that they bloom as early as January, bringing life to your garden in the depths of winter.
Here’s another flower that grows naturally in the wild. Bluebells are just as fragile and beautiful as snowdrops, but add a touch of colour to your garden.
Bluebells are great when it comes to naturalising on their own with little effort from you, because they are used to growing in the wild. In fact, they thrive so much that experienced gardeners warn about bluebells taking over your garden if you don’t pick them!
If you haven’t already, prepare to fall in love with hibiscus. It’s a super-hardy type of low-maintenance flowering plant that is happy with as much sun as you can give it. In return, it will produce gigantic flowers that come in white, red or pink, and attract all manner of wildlife to your garden.
Hibiscus needs very little attention, and it flowers for months too – it’s definitely a great choice if it’s a show-stopper you’re after.
As you can see from this list of low-maintenance flowering plants, it’s possible to fill your garden with gorgeous flowers that don’t require a lot of care. In other words, you can sit back and relax and let Mother Nature do what she does best!
What’s at the top of your list for low-maintenance flowering plants?