OK, so maybe lazy is a strong word, but let’s face it that not all gardeners have a ton of time on their hands. Some gardeners need low maintenance, easy to tend to plants that are just as beautiful as they are stress-free. If you are one of those gardeners, take a look below at the 7 Perfect Perennials for the Lazy Gardener! Believe me there are more than 7, but these are some of my favorites.
If you’re a “lazy gardener” you can still have a beautiful yard! These 7 types of perennials alone offer a lot of variety in terms of color, size, and scent! Add some of these perennials for the lazy gardener to your landscaping and you’ll have a low-maintenance, yet beautiful, yard!
7 Perfect Perennials for the Lazy Gardener
1. Bleeding Hearts (in the photo above)
Bleeding hearts shrub out nicely and are perfect for filling in a space with color. They come in pink, red, and white varieties and require little fuss. You can find bleeding hearts for just a few dollars each, and most varieties will bloom in early spring, putting on a colorful, graceful show. Some do bloom in summer and fall as long as the temperatures aren’t too high. You can propagate by seeds but it’s best to divide the clumps after a few years. It’s a perfect plant for that shady spot in your garden.
It just doesn’t get any easier than hostas! They come in many sizes and shades of green, and can fill in a space nicely. You can even divide them up every few years (here’s how), which is a great way to get free plants for other parts of your yard. They don’t require pruning, weeds don’t phase them, and a few inches of water a week will do the trick.
It seems as though daylilies can grow just about anywhere, which is why you tend to see them everywhere! You can grow them from starts or bulbs, both of which are inexpensive, and they do well in various sun and shade situations. Weeds don’t bother them and pests seem to leave them alone, making them a hardy and fuss free plant!
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If you love purple and blue flowers, the iris is perfect for you! You can plant them from bulbs or starts and they will return in full force year after year. They aren’t bothered by most pests or weeds, and if you get regular rain that should be all they need to thrive. They look great in borders, and will multiply over time, giving you more flowers for free!
Quite a few herbs are perennials and look beautiful in a garden bed in addition to being edible! I’ve had rosemary growing in a pot for several years now (zone 7). So consider adding dill, rosemary, lavender, and other herbs to your garden beds and borders where it will offer color, scent, and come back the following year in full force. Most herbs are quite hardy, and just require regular watering.
One of the only things hydrangeas really need to thrive is sun. If you have plenty of sun, try a hydrangea bush in your landscaping plans. They come in all sorts of colors, bloom all season, and will return year after year. A little light pruning will do the trick, and all you will have left to do is stand back and enjoy the show!
Salvia is perfect for attracting bumble bees and butterflies, and it is a hardy perennial that does well even in mixed sun situations. It is inexpensive to buy, and once you plant it you can count on it returning year after year in an even bigger form! Try salvia in borders and garden beds to add some color and height.
Are you ready to get your lazy gardening on? Give these 7 perfect perennials for the lazy gardener a try so you can enjoy a beautiful yard without all of the fuss!
What are your favorite low-maintenance plants?
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