It’s easy to get excited when you’re first starting out with a new garden, or renovating an old one. But we’re not all equally fortunate in terms of leisure time, and a lot of people who want to get into gardening might be thrown off by the level of work expected from them. Fortunately, there are a lot of low maintenance plants perfectly suited to creating a ‘hands off’ garden. When seeking low maintenance plants, it is especially important to consider the location of the garden. The first thing to do when planning low maintenance landscaping is to determine where the property falls on the hardiness zone map, also known as climate or growing zones. Once it is established where the climate zone is located, planning can begin with low maintenance plants appropriate to the area. For low maintenance plants the choice is endless. Perennials are plants that last more than two years. This might be a good choice for low maintenance landscaping. Black-eyed Susans, purple coneflower and daylilies are example of low maintenance plants that will come back year after year.
Ornamental grasses such as feather reed grass and tall switchgrass require minimum care, contributing to low maintenance landscaping. Other low maintenance plants can include ground cover like creeping phlox, pink everlasting or creeping mazus. Make sure to check the climate zones to make sure the choices made are appropriate for the growing area. With careful and thoughtful choices, your gardening task can be more of a joy and less back-breaking work.