If you want to spend more time enjoying your garden than working in it, then you need a low maintenance garden. I will give you six tips on how to plant a garden that will save you time and look great.
Plants like day lilies, peonies and daisies come back year after year. That means you don’t have to get down on your knees every spring and replant the garden, you buy once and enjoy for many years. Here are some plant seeds that may suit you.
Choose waterwise plants
Landscaping that’s designed to conserve water is called zeroscaping. By grouping plants together with similar watering needs and focusing on plants that don’t require as much moisture, you use less water. waterwise plants include cone flowers, day lilies, ornamental grasses and butterfly weeds. Look for the waterwise symbol on your plant tags. This means the plants require less moisture to grow and maintain, which means they are perfect for areas that are drought prone or water restricted.
No matter where you live, there are plants adapted to weather and your soil. They are called natives. For example, if you live in an area that used to be prairie, then prairie natives like cone flower and this butterfly weed will work well in your garden.
Mulch retains soil moisture. It stops weeds. It prevents erosion. And as it breaks down, it releases nutrients into the soil. And as a bonus, mulch also makes the garden look neat and tidy.
Group plants together with similar needs
For instance, hosta and begonia both like it moist in shady. So rather than combining them with plants that may like it dry or sunnier, that way I can water only where the plants need it.
Drip irrigation systems
It is an easy way to water your plants without having to lug around, watering cans or hoses. Drip irrigation systems link up to your watering hose and they lie on the ground and deliver water to the plants when they need it. So you don’t have water coming from above and landing the foliage, which can evaporate away or cause foliage diseases. Drip irrigation systems are easy to install and you can even hook them up to a solar power watering timer to make the job even simpler.
If you love your garden but are short on time, these low maintenance tips will help you stay ahead of the curve.