Good news, gardeners: You can effortlessly maintain your prettiest landscape yet with these easy-to-plant, low-maintenance bushes, shrubs and flowers.
What homeowner wouldn’t want a lush and colorful garden just outside the window? But while a garden definitely boosts your home’s curb appeal, it also claims a lot of your free time. There’s no such thing as a maintenance-free garden, but choosing smarter plantings does cut down on the amount of pruning and watering required.
So, the next time you plant, try some of these lovely options that take care of themselves. Then get ready to enjoy your new low maintenance landscaping from the comfort of your porch swing.
COMMON WITCH HAZEL
Witch hazel is low-maintenance shrub giving both spring and fall interest, a little in the summer. The bush can be a standout for its fall foliage season if it is grown in full sun. Light pruning to shape the plant is all that is needed.
Forsythias are early bloomers whose yellow flowers signal the start of spring. To ensure your forsythia is in top form, you’ll want to prune the bush occasionally and plant it in full sunlight.
Oakleaf hydrangea is a great year-rounder: In the summer it gives you flowers, in the autumn it displays great fall foliage, and during the other two seasons you can marvel at its peeling bark.
This hardy plant is built to survive on little water, so all you need to do is plant it in full sunlight and water during the summers or in times of drought.
Barberry is extremely low maintenance, yet it stuns with seasonal color. Ideal for foundation plantings or hedges, barberry can tolerate many soil types.
A good choice for shady locations, ‘Stewartsonian’ puts on a floral display in spring and a fall-foliage display in autumn. This 4 to 5 foot tall shrubs requires little pruning, just enough to shape it.
In late spring and summer, its white blooms attract attention from birds, while in autumn, its lush foliage turns a beautiful gold.
A dark green appears at the margin of the leaf, surrounding a center of bright gold (on young leaves) or creamy white (on older leaves). Offering lower maintenance needs than the other Euonymus cultivars.
As the name suggests, this evergreen grows tall and skinny, which makes it good at creating screens or giving some height to a landscape.
GOLD MOUND SPIREA
Most years, one shearing will be all the care that ‘Gold Mound’ spirea requires. What do you get in return for this minimal care? A bush that provides nice foliage, color in both spring and fall and, in summer, clusters of pink flowers.
Whether you’re a budding gardener or veteran floriculturist, there’s no shame in wanting to take the easy way out with your backyard foliage. That’s where these low-maintenance shrubs and bushes come in. We know, not everyone has the time or talents to maintain a flourishing flower bed year-round. There are many options that will stay small that are low-maintenance, and provide years of beauty and curb appeal to your landscaping.