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9 Low Maintenance Plants & Flowers

For beginner gardeners it’s nice to have plants that don’t require too much attention and care.

Are you looking to start your first flower garden? You’ve admired your neighbor’s garden and now you want to see if you have a green thumb. Low maintenance plants and flowers are a great way to start your gardening journey.

What You’ll Need To Get Started

Before you get started, you will want to make sure you have proper supplies. We suggest buying some basic gardening tools. This will include a trowel, a watering can, garden shears, and gardening gloves.

Low Maintenance Plants

9 Low Maintenance Plants & Flowers
For all gardeners that are just starting out here are a couple of plants and flowers that will surely bloom and grow in your garden this year.

English Ivy

English Ivy is a vigorous growing evergreen vine. It can thrive clinging to buildings, fences and tree trunks. They are wonderful for attracting wildlife, including many nectar feeding insects. Its berries are eaten by many different species of birds. These low maintenance plants can also be used as shelter for some animals.


Do you have shade and and ample rainfall? Then you’ll be able to grow hosta plants in your border garden this year. These plants grow in four foot clumps. Hostas’ heart shaped leaves can grow almost two feet in length. They are excellent drought tolerant plants. They grow wide, which makes these low maintenance plants excellent at erosion control. Hostas can grow in the range of USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9.

“Jack Frost” Brunnera

“Jack Frost” Brunnera is another foliage plant that is easy to care for, preferring moist soil and some shade. These low maintenance plants can grow in zones 3 through 8 and make excellent ground cover plants.

Elijah Blue Fescue

If you’re looking for ornamental grass, Elijah Blue Fescue could be a perfect choice for your home. These low maintenance plants love the bright sunshine and do not need a lot of water. They prefer warmer climates, growing well in zones 4 to 8.

Low Maintenance Flowers


Coneflowers are beautiful perennial flowers that are quite hardy. They love being in full sunlight. They’re relatively drought tolerant and make great cut flowers. They come in several different colors and bloom in the summer and fall. They do well in USDA Hardiness Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.


Cosmos are pretty little annual flowers that make good border or container plants. They love full sunlight and can grow in a variety of soils. They need plenty of moisture to get started but are very drought tolerant. Beekeepers love them because they attract bees and butterflies to your garden. Cosmos can grow in zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10


Daylillies are a surprisingly rugged and adaptable perennial flowers. They can grow in gardens with very little to no care at all. Their flowers only bloom during the day. Daylillies are another species that love the sunlight. They only tolerate a little shade. They’re best planted away from trees and bushes due to moisture and nutrient competition.


Geraniums are all-around great flowers to plant. They’re not picky about sunlight, whether it’s full, partial or in the shade. Geraniums don’t need lot of water. They don’t need to have wet roots, sitting in overly-moist soil. This makes them fairly resistant to drought. Don’t overcrowd the geraniums. They should have a space of at least six inches between plants.


Yarrow are a fragrant flower with fern-like leaves and tiny, closely packed flowers. Yarrow is very adaptable. They are able to be planted in a wide degree of climates. They work best in zones 3 through 9. They can grow anywhere from rock gardens to wildflower meadows.


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