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Worry-Free Gardening with These 8 Plants

Renee Valdes
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Ornamental grasses in a container with other plants

Keep your flowers and greenery looking fresh with worry-free gardening during the peak of summer. These easygoing plants can take it when the heat’s on outside. They can handle a bit of neglect during the dog days of summer. They won’t even mind some vacation time.

So go ahead, plant them in the garden and in window boxes, pots, hanging baskets and urns.

8 Plants for Worry-Free Gardening

Rio dipladenia looks beautiful in planters.

1. Dipladenias

Showy Rio dipladenias bring lots of color even in the hottest heat. No deadheading required. Just plant and watch them bloom. How easy is that! Try a Rio hanging basket for a change of pace. Pull them indoors and overwinter for returning color.

Sunflowers in a garden

2. Sunflowers

Sunflowers and summer go together like bees and pollen. Drought-tolerant sunflowers grow almost anywhere your garden gets sun. About the only support these beauties need is plant support.

Geraniums in a windowbox

3. Geraniums

Whether in planters or in garden beds, geraniums require little fuss. Their colorful flowers attract butterflies.

Find out more about geraniums.

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' in the garden

4. Sedum

Sedum is an easy-growing succulent that needs little care or attention. Use a tile of sedum as groundcover or use certain varieties as a spiller with a planter of heat-loving flowers.

Pictured above, stonecrop sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ brings a colorful display to your landscape when it changes to russet red heading into fall.

Ornamental grasses need little water in your landscape.

5. Ornamental grasses

You won’t have to worry about ornamental grasses in your garden in summer. They’ll look feathery and light all season long, even during dry spells.

Learn more about the types of ornamental grasses and tips for planting.

Rosemary in a raised garden bed

6. Rosemary

This robust herb is a fragrant and bushy plant that just needs well-draining soil. Rosemary works great in a hellstrip garden, or in a mailbox garden.

Potting lavender ll The Home Depot Garden Club

7. Lavender

With its fragrant perfume and pretty purple spikes, lavender is a garden showstopper. It’s also a resilient, low-maintenance herb you’ll want in your outdoor space. 

Proven Winners Shadowland Hosta | The Home Depot's Garden Club

8. Hosta

Shade-loving hosta doesn’t need much and will grow back year after year. Plant hosta in containers or in the ground and forget about them.

Every few years, you can divide hosta for additional garden plants.

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