Plants add a lot of value to your home. From enhancing your curb appeal to attracting pollinators, choosing the right plants will turn your yard into an oasis.
If you don’t have hours per day to spend tending to your plants, or think of yourself as a black thumb, don’t fret— there are plenty of low-maintenance options available. Here are some of the best low-maintenance plants for every home.
When it comes to low-maintenance plants, lavender has it all. This stunning flower offers plenty of grown coverage with few tending needs. While you will need to prune your lavender seasonally to encourage future growth, you won’t need to water them or fertilize them.
You can get lavender in a variety of shades and shapes. Be sure to look for a strain that fits your hardiness zone. Lavender generally thrives in zones 6-11.
Some breeds of hydrangeas are mostly self-sufficient. They require some light pruning in the spring but mostly grow without extra care. Be mindful of which strain of hydrangea you choose. While many of them are low-maintenance, there are a few that require plenty of TLC.
For the low-maintenance variety, look for oakleaf hydrangeas. While you won’t get those enviable blue-toned blooms that look so incredible in the summer, the trade-off is minimal work. Oakleaf hydrangeas are primarily white and are able to withstand droughts, snow, and low-quality soil.
Hydrangeas grow well in zones 3-9, depending on the breed.
Many gardeners plant hostas as fillers in their garden, then have to cut them back over time. It’s not uncommon for hostas to grow while sitting on top of concrete or after being out of the ground and exposed to snow and frost.
Hosta is a versatile plant with many different looks. Some hostas have thin, lively green and yellow leaves while others take on a giant, prehistoric look. These are a great plant to fill in space in tough planting spots around your yard and thrive in zones 3-9.
Coneflowers are a type of daisy that’s known for it’s raised center. The best part of these low-maintenance flowers? Butterflies love them. These are the foundational flowers for a butterfly garden. Instead of pruning them back in the winter, leave the stalks and seeds to feed the birds. Then, in the spring, cut them back to encourage new growth.
Coneflowers grow best in zones 3-9. They aren’t picky about soil or light and do well without watering.
While there are plenty of types of geraniums, you’ll want the hardy variety to avoid the maintenance. Hardy geraniums come in a variety of colors and pretty much grow themselves. Not only do many hardy geraniums have an uncommonly long growing season, but they also choke weeds and offer a low-maintenance ground cover that looks incredible.
Hardy geraniums thrive in zones 3-9, as long as you have moderately fertile soil.
For something a little different, add some heuchera to your garden. Sometimes called coral bells, these leafy plants boast shades of gold, plum, pink, and various hues of green. This lush foliage is great as a centerpiece to your garden or as a contrasting backdrop for other flowers.
Coral bells grow well in zones 4-8, but the limits can be pushed with mulch or coverage in the winter.
Peonies are a staple for any low-maintenance gardener. They’re easy to grow, beautiful to look at, and smell amazing. Their soft, delicate petals are the perfect complement to any garden, big or small. Once planted, peonies will bloom again and again for decades.
While peonies are resistant to many pests, they tend to attract ants. Avoid planting them right next to your house and deter these critters with a quick rinse of soapy water. Your peonies might not bloom in the first year after planting, as it takes them time to get established. When they do, though, they’re well worth the wait. These gorgeous flowers grow best in zones 3-8.
Black-Eyed Susans are perfect for people who love sunflowers but don’t want the trouble of dealing with sunflowers. These stunners grow themselves, often extending past their boundaries and needing to be cut back. They’re also attractive to pollinators, calling butterflies and bees to your garden.
While these plants are generally low-maintenance, putting in a bit of effort will help keep them in check. After the blooms start to fade away, you should cut the stems back significantly. This will stop them from getting so tall that they fall all over the place. If the weather’s right, this can also trigger a second bloom in the late fall.
Black-Eyed Susans come in shades of red, orange, and yellow, and grow in zones 3-9.
Add any of these stunning low-maintenance plants to your yard to boost your curb appeal, feed the environment, and surround yourself in beauty.