Do you desperately try time after time to grow beautiful plants but can never succeed? Don’t give up hope! There’s still a good chance you can turn your thumbs from brown to green this summer if you choose the right plants.
Growing a nice garden gives you a sense of accomplishment and can become a hobby that you learn to cherish after time. Some people make it look easy and you may wonder what you’re doing wrong. In the big picture, it may not be all your fault, so cut yourself some slack.
Plants are finicky and know what they like and don’t like. There are a million different things that can factor into a plants wellbeing that you don’t have too much control of. The variables go on and on: nutrients and pH in the soil, the amount of sunlight in your given area, rain levels per season and temperature spikes are just a few issues to hopefully help you realize that a beautiful garden is more than a quick trip to the local garden center. Regardless of variables however, there are a few plants that do well with minimal TLC and will reward you and visitors with something you can be proud of.
Here is a list of five low maintenance plants you can use for landscaping:
1. (Echinacea): Coneflowers
These beautiful and unique looking flowers will grow tall from two to five feet high and about two feet in width. Your soil will have to be considered well drained as they don’t do well in super moist areas, but they thrive in partial shade as well as full on direct sunlight. Coneflowers are known for their bright colors that help attract butterflies, bees and birds and are also great for creating a homemade bouquet. You can find them in the color purple, yellow, orange, white, crimson, and pink. You can choose a variety and color that you think will fit well with your tastes and your landscape. There are also shorter ones available in the ‘POW WOW’ and ‘SOMBREO’ Series
2. (Cosmos bipinnatus): Cosmos
These flowers have an awesome risk to reward ratio in the sense that they’re super cheap and grow extremely well from seed, meaning that for minimal monetary output you can throw down some seeds in the spring and have a burst of colorful full flowers before you even realize it. They can grow to about six feet high and are considered annuals, however, they usually reseed on their own.
3. (Hemerocallis): Daylilies
These plants have a tremendous amount of character and display a unique beauty unto themselves. They’re extremely tough and can withstand floods, droughts and salt. Daylilies can be used to help erosion and are effective at helping hillsides stay intact when planted in groups. These plants grow from ten inches to four feet tall and do well in direct sun and partial shade. They flower for a long time during the summer while other perennials have already flowered or only flower for a couple of weeks. They help attract hummingbirds and butterflies with their bright colors. You should try and divide them every three to five years as they reproduce quite well. Split ‘em up and give ‘em. They make great gifts!
Succulents are very low maintenance. Hens and Chicks specifically are super cool looking as they emulate an Arizona look here in the Northwest. Succulents are very hard to kill, just make sure their feet are not too wet! They’re perennials and will come back year after year and spread over ground area. They’re unique in the sense that their root systems are shallow, which allows you to get creative and place them in different kinds of containers. Put them in an abandoned bird bath or lawn ornament or even an old pair of boots!
If you have a garden that’s predominantly covered by shade, then you should consider adding some Hostas. They bring rich foliage and a variety of textures and colors to your collection of plants. Hosta’s grow from four inches to around three (four) feet high and can spread out in width to around six feet wide if you let them go. They bloom flowers that are lavender, white or deep purple. They should be divided annually as they spread fast. Be sure not to give them too much water although they do withstand relatively moist soil. Enjoy researching the many variety’s, cultivars and hybrids. You can fill an entire garden with the many different choices.
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