Wouldn’t you love it if you could plant your flowers, and then just sit back and relax? There are certain flowers that will let you do just that! Here is a list of my favorite 10 flowers for your low-maintenance garden.
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There is so much to love about Coneflowers. They are heat and drought resistant, easy to grow, bloom for months and make great cut flowers. They do well in both full sun and partial shade. These bright blooms are ideal companion plants that attract birds, bees and butterflies. Zone 3-9.
This sun loving, low-maintenance perennial, produces yellow, purple, red and orange blooms. What I like most about this gorgeous plant, is that it is easy to divide and transplant to other areas in the garden. They tolerate a wide variety of soil conditions and bloom for years with little attention. Each flower stem typically has at least a dozen flower buds, so the plant stays in bloom for several weeks. Zone 3-9.
Zinnias come in almost every shade, except blue, and come in a variety of heights. They are annuals, so they’ll grow for one season and produce seeds, but the original plant will not come back in subsequent years. They have daisy-like flower-heads on a single stem, which makes them perfect for a cutting flower or as food for butterflies. Zinnias are my very favorite low-maintenance flower out of the 10 I listed here. Zone 3-10.
According to Country Living Magazine, Cosmos is the Greek word for “harmony”. These annuals make great border and container plants. They will reseed on their own, like full sun to part shade, are drought tolerant and can even survive in poor soil.
Butterflies, bees, and a variety of insects are attracted to the flowers for the nectar. They are great cut flowers, and work well for borders or in containers. Divide perennial types every 3 to 4 years to ensure healthy plants and to prevent excessive spreading. Remove spent flowers to prolong blooming. After the first season, black-eyed Susans can reseed themselves.
Hydrangeas have an old-fashioned charm. They tolerate almost any soil, and produce abundant blooms. They look beautiful no matter how you plant them in the garden, from containers to borders. Hydrangeas prefer morning sun with afternoon shade, and will also grow in partial shade. Zone 4-9.
These low-maintenance perennials that will come back every year. These plants can love for at least 100 years. They are drought and slug resistant.the plants may live longer than you do—some have been known to thrive for at least 100 years. These gorgeous flowers like full sun and well-drained soil. Zone 3.
These annuals are great for window boxes, hanging baskets and pots. They will bloom from spring through the first frost in the fall. Click here to read more about How to Start Geranium Cuttings. Geraniums are typically kept indoors to overwinter. And if provided with enough light, they can bloom indoors all year long. Use a well-draining potting mixture (not heavy, clayey soil) when planting in containers. For maximum blooms, plant them where they will get 4-6 hours of sunlight. To promote bushiness and avoid legginess, pinch the stems.
These flowers are a cool weather lover and do well in the spring and fall months. They can overwinter in some regions with mulch protection. Pansies are great for containers, borders, and ground cover. They will survive a frost, and can even bounce back from even single digit temperatures. Pansies like full or partial sun, but need cooler temperatures to thrive. The ideal planting site will get morning sun but avoid the heat of the late afternoon. To encourage more blooms, remove spent flowers.
Knock Out Roses
These beautiful roses are easy to grow, and don’t require much care. They are very disease resistant, too, which is my favorite benefit. Their bloom cycle is about every five to six weeks. The Knock Out roses are known as “self-cleaning” roses, so there is no real need to deadhead them. Several Knock Out rose bushes blooming along a fence line or at the edge of an island landscaping is a beautiful sight to behold. Blooms come in white, pink and red. Both single and double blooming varieties are available.
After looking at the 10 flowers I love for a low-maintenance garden, I hope you found something that will work for your own garden. I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment!
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