Top 6 Low-Maintenance Garden Plants

Growing a garden may sound like the epitome of adulting, but it doesn’t need to be that way. You can grow a garden in your very own backyard if you follow these steps. Have you ever wanted to add real beauty, tranquility and life to your outdoor space? If so, then a low-maintenance garden may be for you! Depending on where you live, there are several plants that can thrive in those conditions and require little to no maintenance whatsoever. These include:  

  • Succulents  
  • Cactuses  
  • Perennial flowers 
  • Grasses 

It goes without saying that having a beautifully grown garden is a very gratifying experience. Simple things such as watering your plants or just looking at them can have a great impact on how you feel throughout the day. And this will keep you feeling great every time you step outside.


This is a low-maintenance plant that can grow up to 3 feet tall with leaves that are about 1 inch long. It has a compact shape, making it ideal for planting in a raised garden bed. Catmint can thrive in full sun or partial shade, although spring or autumn are ideal times to plant.

Hardy Geraniums

Hardy geraniums are some of the most versatile and easy-to-grow plants you’ll find. They’re hardy, they thrive in sun or shade, and they can even be grown indoors if your home is short on windows. They need moist but well-drained soil and prefer to be in sun or shade. Geraniums are perennials, so they’ll come back year after year—but you can help encourage them with regular pruning.

The best part? They smell incredible!


Salvias are some of the most popular plants for gardens, because they are so easy to care for. They thrive in full sun and well-drained soil, and they are drought tolerant when established. Even though they do not need a lot of water, they do need good drainage to prevent root rot.

Salvias are also some of the easiest plants to propagate, because they grow from cuttings. You can take cuttings from your existing plants, or you can start new plants from seeds. Both methods are easy and fun!

When you have your new salvias growing in your garden, you’ll want to make sure that you deadhead them regularly. This means that if a flower fades away or falls off on its own, make sure to remove it so that more flowers can keep growing on this plant. If you don’t deadhead regularly, then your salvia will stop producing new blooms or even die out over time because no new growth will be available for pollination purposes.


Agapanthus is a plant that likes to show off. It has large, showy flowers in shades of blue, purple and sometimes white, and it thrives in the sun. Plant agapanthus from the end of March into April, in full sun or partial shade. The more shade you give it, the more compact it will be—but if you have full sun available, choose that option!

Agapanthus is native to South Africa and grows well in most parts of the country. It can be planted outside in the ground or inside a container; however, it prefers to be outdoors where it can spread its roots out as much as possible. This plant likes moist soil with plenty of organic matter mixed in before planting so that its roots are able to grow into the soil quickly once they’ve been put down there by you!

After you’ve planted your agapanthus plants, they should grow quickly without any problems whatsoever (unless you forget about them for too long—then they might die). They’ll flower around August or September when temperatures start getting cooler at night and days become shorter overall so that their natural cycle is interrupted by nature itself rather than by humans who want their own gardens.


Lavender is a gorgeous, easy-to-grow shrub that thrives in full sun and is drought tolerant, so you can plant it without worrying about water. The flowers are small and purple, but they grow in bunches that give your garden an elegant look.

In late spring and summer, it produces beautiful purple flowers that can be used to make your own lavender essential oil (or just smell nice!). Lavender is an especially good option if you’re looking for something that can help deal with allergies.


Hydrangeas are one of the most versatile plants in your garden. They are a great choice for gardeners who want to add color to their yard without much work. They can be planted in spring or autumn, and they bloom from mid to late summer. Their flowers are also long-lasting and can be used for drying and flower arranging.

Hydrangeas grow best in light shade, but they tolerate sun if the soil is not too dry. Well suited for clay soils, these plants are easy to grow and maintain. The blue flower colour only develops if planted in acid soil

Final Thoughts

There’s a lot to consider when designing a backyard garden. But one thing you don’t want to consider is how much time and effort you spend watering your plants, weeding, and generally tending to your garden each week. We’ve listed some of the best low maintenance plants that require very little water, sunlight and fertilization so you won’t have to worry!

 No matter your skill level, you can grow some awesome plants in your garden that put very little maintenance on your time. All of these plants are low maintenance and easy to grow if you have the right conditions for each plant. By keeping these 6 plants, you shouldn’t have to be stressed about an overgrown garden.

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