Low Maintenance Plants Guide w/ Identifications

60% of Americans say they often feel like they have no time at all to get things done and 12% say they always feel that way!

That can lead to us neglecting our gardens but it doesn’t have to be like that, the trick is to replace the plants in your garden with low maintenance plants that practically take care of themselves. 

Then you can enjoy the benefits of a beautiful well-maintained garden and keep your diary free for important things. Enjoy!

Our 10 Favorite Low Maintenance Plants

Mohave Pyracantha

Mohave Pyracantha

This shrub grows really quickly and it’s very easy to care for. 

It’s easy to identify when in flower by the beautiful mass of white flowers and, in the fall, by its orangey-red berries. 

It has thorns too, which makes it the perfect choice for a perimeter hedge to keep unwanted intruders away. 

It will grow up to 12 feet wide and tall and thrives in full sun and partial shade. 

Japanese Skimmia

If you’ve got a shady area that you want to decorate, this low maintenance shrub is ideal. 

When in bloom, it exhibits clusters of dainty pink-red flowers that smell fantastic. 

The berries are an attractive shade of red too and they’re apparent when the shrub isn’t in bloom. 

It’s an excellent choice of border plant and while it prefers shade or partial shade, if you keep the soil damp, it can handle full sun too. 

Azaleas (Rhododendron) 


The Azalea is renowned for its large, wonderful flowers which are brightly colored and very pleasing to the eye. 

They’re not fussy about which soil they’re planted in and they don’t care if it gets cold in the winter (they can shrug off temperatures as low as -32 degrees Fahrenheit!)

They’re best mixed in with other plants as they enjoy dappled sunlight to thrive and add charm to any group of plants. 

Dwarf Blooming Lilac (Syinga)

Sometimes known as the Bloomerang lilac, this plant needs little maintenance to produce delicate pink or purple blooms in the summer months. 

You’ll need to water it and occasionally deadhead any flowers to ensure that it blooms to the maximum potential but that’s about it. 

The dwarf lilac is famously resistant to disease and grows up to 5 feet tall in full sun. 

We like it in containers on the patio but you can use it in borders or foundation plantings too. 



This plant is all about the yellow/green or sometimes, white/green, leaves. 

It grows low to the ground, no more than 2-feet high, and isn’t fussed about the light coverage that it gets, thriving in both full sun and full shade equally. 

You can use it for edging, a miniature hedge or even work with it to climb walls if you’ve got some ugly garden features you were hoping to mask. 

It grows very quickly and bare ground disappears in its wake. 

Perennial Coneflowers (Echinacea)

These flowers are really hardy and they look like a pink daisy with a slight droop on the petals. 

They aren’t bothered by drought, hot sun, pests or most diseases and all they need is a little frost in the Winter to bloom brightly and well from Spring to the next frost. 

You can plant them anywhere and they’ll brighten up any bed or border with their charm and personality. 

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)

One of the nation’s favorite perennials are the super hardy Black-eyed Susans that love heat, dry soil and as much sun as you can throw at them. 

The blooms are a spectacular golden yellow and the stems are tall and thin and that makes them ideal for landscaping. 

Use them at the back of flower beds or in mixed borders, just make sure they get plenty of sun and the Black-Eyed Susans won’t need any more maintenance at all. 

Coral Bells (Huechera)

This plant is known for its stunning foliage (though it does produce flowers, they’re not particularly stand out) and the leaves can be any color from black all the way to a fiery red or a silver-black. 

There are many different species of coral bells and you’ll need to check how much light the individual species needs as some thrive in the shade and others in the full sun. 

They work brilliantly in rock gardens or in containers as well as border plants or even for a splash of color in mixed plant beds. 

Speedwell (Veronica umbrosa)

Speedwell (Veronica umbrosa)

Not only will Speedwell be no effort to maintain but it also pushes out weeds and other invasive plants that you might not want in your garden.

Think of it as a natural pesticide and that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on beauty, either.

In fact, the gorgeous blue flowers that it produces in early spring are a real visual treat and you can plant Speedwell just about anywhere, including in containers for showing off to guests. 

Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum)

This flowering perennial loves the shade and the delicate white blossoms are something to behold.

We love the gentle vanilla scent they give off as they emerge in spring and if that wasn’t enough, the leaves have a touch of fresh cut hay about them too. 

As long as it’s in the shade, Sweet Woodruff will happily use up any space that you give it, it makes for a great edging plant to any pathways you might have. 

Final Thoughts On Low Maintenance Plants

Don’t forget to use our best online nurseries list to help you source low maintenance plants for your garden. 

They’re so easy to look after that you can just chill out and enjoy the natural beauty they bring after a hard day in the office. 

Why not order some today? 

If you’re looking for other things to grow without too much hassle, why not check out our best herb garden kits or our kitchen gardening guide

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