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Seven Low Maintenance Plants for Hassle-Free Garden

Gardening is not just about planting; it’s also about taking care of what you planted. Gardening chores include weeding, pruning, watering, transplanting and tending the garden, just to name a few.

Truth to be told, achieving a beautiful and fruitful garden doesn’t have to be that challenging. Growing bountiful fresh greens and edible plants doesn’t require you to be a keen gardener either.

It all starts with choosing the right plants. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or a beginner, you can watch your garden flourish with just a little effort on your part if you have low-maintenance plants options in mind.

Start injecting some colour into your backyard with plants that don’t require a lot of regular maintenance and fulfil a hassle-free garden with these seven low maintenance plants that were handpicked by our own garden experts.

1. Cosmos

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Cosmos is one of the annual flowering plants that gardeners love to grow. These annuals are quite hassle-free and make a great border or container plants.

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Plus, you don’t even need to reseed them every year, as they do it on their own. After scattering the seeds of cosmos flowers in your garden, you can expect a full bloom for months to come.

Note: Make sure to plant them in a sunny shade for them to thrive. Here’s how you can grow and care for cosmos, courtesy of The Spruce.

2. Peonies

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While some gardeners think that growing and taking care of peonies requires some time and effort to achieve full blooms, little did they know that they’re an excellent low maintenance plant — perfect for beginners and experienced gardeners alike.

Peonies are also drought-resistant and slug-resistant plants that can thrive in the same spot for decades. Growing this kind of flower will fill your garden with lush foliage from spring to summer.

If you’re thinking about planting them, you can use this guide to grow peonies and get the best peony flowers in your garden — courtesy of Almanac.

3. Hydrangeas

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Hydrangea leaves a great impression, especially when it’s in bloom with colourful flowers through the summertime and into autumn.

Growing them also doesn’t require you too much effort. These low-maintenance plants prefer moist soil and can thrive in shade or sun. Once they’re settled in the right spot, they’ll bloom in shades of blue, purple, and pink.

Whether you’re a beginner or not, here are the best hydrangeas varieties you can grow, courtesy of Espoma.

4. Honeysuckle

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One of the easy-to-grow climbing plants that are ideal for both experienced and novice gardeners is the honeysuckle twining vines. With their variation in height and structure, climbing honeysuckle does a great job when it comes to adding visual interest to your garden. Not only that, but they also make a great cover for worn-out walls of fences.

Honeysuckle can thrive in full sun or dappled shade and any soil type. Plus, it’s easy to maintain and is semi-evergreen, which means it will bring foliage colour to your garden all year round.

Here’s everything you need to grow climbing honeysuckle, courtesy of RHS.

5. Geraniums

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Most gardeners have their go-to annual, and of them are Geraniums. With their broad range of colours, it’s no wonder why this flower is a perfect choice to plant in the summertime. Plus, they can withstand in the sizzling heat of summer, even with limited water.

In addition to that, they are low-maintenance, and once Geraniums are planted and fully-developed, Geraniums emit a lovely scent that can attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Gilmour has created an ultimate guide to growing geranium flowers, so make sure to check that out!

6. Petunias

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Petunias are one of the most popular flowers because of the following reasons:

  • they don’t require a lot of work;
  • easy to grow from seed;
  • they bloom from spring to frost in a seemingly limitless range of colours;
  • Petunias take care of their own bloom. Meaning, no deadheading required.

This annual flower is divided into two groups — Grandiflora which have large blooms, and Multiflora which have smaller, but abundant flowers. 

Growing petunias of your own only demands minimal effort, but this complete guide (courtesy of J. Parkers) will sure come in handy, particularly if you want to know more about the plant. 

Tip: For optimal performance, water and fertilise regularly.

7. Mint

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Mint is a rugged perennial herb that only requires minimal care, making it a perfect plant choice for a beginner gardener. It’s also a popular pick to most keen green-fingered individuals due to its fragrant leaves and aromatic taste.

If you are planting it for culinary purposes, Peppermint is tastily steeped in tea while Spearmint is good in a summer mojito. Thinking about adding Mint to your herb garden? Here’s everything you should know, courtesy of Bonnie Plants.

Speaking of tea, we also have listed the five must-have plants and herbs you can grow in your tea garden in our previous article. You can read it here: 5 Must-Have Plants and Herbs You Can Grow in Your Tea Garden.

These easy-to-grow plants can withstand almost any weather conditions and don’t require much, if any, pruning and preening, so they’re perfect for beginners or time-poor gardeners just looking for a quick colour fix. So what are you waiting for? Make sure one of these plants are included in your next planting season!

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