If you’re a beginner gardener or even a seasoned one, there are certain no fuss, no fail garden plants that gardeners turn to in their outdoor space. These flowers and foliage plants bring color, interest and texture to the garden, and they can take dry, drought-like conditions.
When you turn to these low-maintenance plants, your garden will reward you with endless beauty.
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Drought-resistant, perennial tickseed, also known as coreopsis, is a perennial that grows well just about anywhere. It brings pretty blooms and wispy foliage.
Just give tickseed full sun to part shade and watch it thrive.
Colorful perennial sedum succulents spread easily in containers and in the garden. They’re easy to grow in sun and shade and you can take down a stalk or clipping and replant it elsewhere in the garden and it will thrive.
Sedum comes in many varieties and provides a blend of color and textures. It grows tall or can be low-growing. For vertical planting or groundcover, try a sedum paver. It works well on slopes, along sidewalks and even in the hellstrip, or the space between the sidewalk and the street. Check out this DIY birdhouse project that uses sedum.
Coneflower, known also as echinacea, is a perennial that brightens up your garden with blooms that remain steadfast even during the hottest times of the season. Coneflower is among those summer favorites that provide drought-tolerant and low-maintenance blooms and grows well in the ground or in containers.
Coneflower comes in a variety of colorful shades, including bubble gum pink, fuchsia, sunny yellow, ruby red, cotton white and spicy orange.
Just plant where they will get six or more hours of sun and mulch to keep them moist during dry periods. Coneflower forms clumps so divide them every few years for free plants to place elsewhere in your garden or containers.
As fresh herbs go, this garden plant is an easy one to grow. You can clear cut, step on and pick mint until the plant is bare and this herb will still grow back as a perennial.
Some gardeners don’t like its spreading habits so it’s possible to contain them in planters or stick them in tough spots around your landscape.
Another solid reason to like mint? It smells fragrant when you brush past it and you can pick it for use in beverages, marinades, ice cream or as a garnish. Yum!
Give these little annual flowers some shade and they’ll bring you big color without fail. Versatile begonias work well in flowerpots, window boxes and hanging baskets or plant them as a border plant in your garden.
Shade-tolerant perennial hosta thrive in a variety of garden settings. With their flashy foliage, hosta can play star in the garden or take a supporting role with their color and texture framing lively blooms from annuals and bulbs.
Although hosta send up stalks of lavender and white flowers each summer, the number one reason to plant hosta is for the magnificent foliage. With colors ranging from shamrock green to chartreuse to teal blue, hosta offer contrast to pink, red, orange and yellow from spring through fall.
Called heavenly bamboo, perennial nandina grows in sun, in shade and pests don’t bother it, either. It’s a fast-growing shrub that spreads and is hard to kill once it’s planted. The best way to grow nandina is in containers and keep it under the cover of a porch or outdoor room.
Important to note: trim off the red berries on nandina since they can be toxic to birds.
Pollinator-friendly spirea teems with flowers and foliage that can take a beating by the weather or gardener neglect. This perennial shrub grows in full sun or part shade and requires little pruning or maintenance.
Spirea is an adaptable shrub that creates layer of blooms wherever you decide to plant it.
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